My biggest challenge this summer was finding something for two kids to do, who are at very different stages in terms of play. We had some hot weather and the baby couldn’t really go outside for as long as my toddler, they were on different feeding schedules, nap schedules etc. I also wanted to find things to do, not just get wrapped up with cleaning the house and doing things on the inside while my daughter should be outside being a kid!
Here are some summer tips that helped me:
Getting out early – My daughter just learned how to ride her bike and loves it 🙂 If my husband wasn’t working, I would go out with her while he entertained the baby. If he was busy or working, I would take the baby in the stroller as she rode beside us. I’m sure you’re asking why I wouldn’t just take the stroller every time. We have some hills in our neighborhood and I would find that she doesn’t really know how to steer or stop while going down the hill. It would get a little tricky trying to catch and stop her/steer for her while pushing the stroller at the same time. I will get better at that, just may take a little more time 😉
Children’s Museum – we spent some of the hottest days/afternoons at the children’s museum. The kids had a ball and we were able to get some energy out as well as stay cool.
Mini Pool – We had this in our backyard and we would use it for a short time. I could stick my feet in, I could push the baby in his swing while she played in the pool, and put the baby’s feet in every once in a while.
Daytime Baths – If the kids needed a bath and it was way too hot outside and inside for that matter, we took a bath and they got to play for an extended time.
Target – my home away from home. My son’s formula was from Target and he went through it often. Typically we went to Target every weekend, I would choose to go in the late morning when there weren’t lots of people in the store and when it was already getting pretty hot. Target cooled us down while we were productive and getting things we needed.
Diaper bag to diaper backpack – I love totes! I have 3 totes that I would use for the kids but this summer with the baby more on the move and going to the museum by myself with the kids, I needed all my hands. Esp, needing to at times carry both of them. So I switched to a backpack and never looked back. I remember my sister doing this and her recommending it early on in my first pregnancy but I always wanted my tote. The backpack is a life saver. I can keep enough in it with out hurting my shoulders and can carry the kids when needed.
Sun screen – so far my kids are blessed with not getting burnt as soon as the sun touches them. Since vitamin D is so important, I usually have my kids soak some up before putting sunscreen on them. The one I have learned about, love, and trust is from Young Living. I used it on my trip to Mexico and I didn’t burn once when I was there. It also didn’t take long for it to rub into my skin. I fell in love with it. I switched my entire family to this sunscreen and it is for the most part, always in the diaper bag.
Homemade bug repellent – mosquitoes love my daughter. I couldn’t find a bug spray that wasn’t crazy greasy and I trusted. So I made my own. I used water with lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, citronella, and peppermint. It really seemed to work.
Lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil – I would use these on bug bites. Peppermint for me – it would stop the itch. Lavender for my kids – peppermint is too strong and is a hot oil so could burn the kids, so the lavender would help heal their bites.
I hope these tips help someone next year like they did for me!