hot fun in the summer time - a huggies post

I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

This week's post is all about hot fun in the summer with that new little person you have! I would personally take a new baby in the summer over being very pregnant in the summer. I've done both, and believe me, carrying a baby whale in your arms is much easier than being a beached whale in the summer! A word to the wise that my doctor failed to share with me: If you are pregnant, you are more prone to sunburns than when you are not pregnant. I NEVER burn, ever, but the summer I was pregnant with Moses I got the worst sunburn I've ever seen and after only a very short time in the sun. I could barely walk it was SO bad! So be warned and save yourself some misery!

Now back to that baby.

There is little that I love more than to see a pudgy baby in a bathing suit splashing around in the water. We've had a lot of great memories with our little babies in the warm months. Even though they are little, you can still have a lot of fun!

The most important thing ever is sunscreen! I found out pretty quickly that I much prefer a spray to a cream. You can get it on quickly, evenly and thoroughly, and it comes in very high SPFs. Use it always and often, even if you think you will stay in the shade. Better safe than sorry! To date, the boys have never had a sunburn, and I plan to keep it that way! Now that they are older we make them wear special swim shirts with SPF built in as well. Pale is the new tan!

We also make a habit of staying out of the sun during the hottest and most sun-intense times of the day, which is generally from 11 to 2 or 3pm. You may even find that it's cheaper in some places to swim if you go for only the last hour the pool is open. This worked better for our schedule anyway. Lunch and naps were happening during the hottest hours, so it's not like we were missing out on anything.

Even with these precautions, you may find that it's just TOO hot to be anywhere near the outdoors. On those days we would lay low at home, hit the mall to walk around in the AC (say NO to mall play places!!!), or hit the library. We also found that our local bookstores would host storytimes, too! Even my little, little guys liked storytime!

The best part of summer? Less laundry! Most days baby will be happy in a onesie and a diaper...or skip the onesie altogether! The dry summer air is also great for getting rid of diaper rash in a jiffy! Just take off that diaper and head outside. Diaper rash will disappear! It did the trick for my boys every single time, even when diaper cream had failed us repeatedly. And you moms of boys: I also found that a dash of baby powder in the boys' diaper area helped to stave off the rash that can develop from them being overheated and sweaty.

If all else fails, buy a little old baby pool! Even the tiniest of babies can enjoy splashing around in one. And because they are still so tiny, you can get away with a tiny pool! Or a little bucket will work too! Just be sure to never leave baby unattended, and dump the water out when you are done!

Did I miss anything? What's your best trick to beat the heat with a tiny baby in the summer?

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