We love applying with an unused makeup brush or this kid-friendly easy applicator because it is way less mess with the kids!
UPF / UPV / Lightweight Clothing
During the summer months, we try to wear lots of lightweight clothing. Some people opt for bamboo clothing, 100% organic cotton, or a light workout fabric. We also like to keep the kids in UPF or UPV clothing which you typically see during the summer months to protect their skin. You can even purchase UPF rash guards online. ‘
Some of our favorite lightweight or UPF clothing include:
Lululemon or Vuori
Amazon also has a wide selection
A portable and rechargeable compact fan that works well is hard to come by! The one I used for 3 years broke and it was my favorite. They no longer sell it, so I tested out four new fans to see which one works the best and can keep our babies cool!
Keep these on your stroller as well as in the car and have a couple on hand to rotate out when one is on the charger. Here are our top picks for fans:
This is probably one of our favorite options to keep the car seats cool – if you can remember! Pop ice packs into the freezer and before you head out move them to the car seat. When your little one is ready to go in, the packs will make everything nice and cool. Remove the ice pack and put it in a cooler! Until your next destination!
*Note: REMOVE ICE PACKS PRIOR TO CHILD SITTING IN SEAT*
Car Seat Sun Covers
If you only get one thing for your car on this list, let it be this! These car seat sun covers are amazing! They are affordable, you don’t need to remember to freeze them, and they are effective. They block out the heat and sun.
Tinted car windows are a major blessing during the summer! If you don’t already have tinted windows, I recommend getting some! There are several auto-shops around town that will do them. If you have a recommendation for a business you used, tell us in the comments so others can check it out!
Of course if you have a push-to-start car or the ability to start your car for 5-10 minutes so it can cool off before entering, even better!
Keep a spray bottle with water in the house and before putting your little one in the car, spritz some water on the clips so it cools them down quickly. This is hands down our favorite spray bottle as it mists the water out! Bring it along with you if you are out for a while.
Any cooler works, but we like that this cooler attaches to the back of your seat and is easy to use. We like to keep extra water bottles, snacks, and ice packs in the cooler when we are on the go!
Have a good insulated water bottle is crucial for the summer. We always have a big 40oz bottle for us and one for the kids. These ones keep ice water color for 24 hours, although the water never lasts that long since we refill 3-6 times a day!
Hats are a must for sun protection and bucket or wide brim hats provide a little more sun protection then a baseball cap.
Sun Shade and Window Shade for Car
A sunshade like this is going to help keep your car cooler in the heat and these are great if you are parked outside. Window shades are great for the side windows and we love that a lot of newer cars are having these built in.
This is a great way to get the kids away from the screens and engaged in play! We love hosting game nights with friends or family once a month or more often when people are out of school. Here are some of our favorite games to play.
We encourage you to play outside in the morning and evening before the heat of the day. We all love a good water balloon fight or a run through the sprinklers! Here are a few other water activities you can do outside before it gets too hot!
Toy Car Wash: Plastic container, water, soap (optional) and let the kids wash their toys.
Frozen Toys: Fresh small toys ahead of time and let the kids use play tools to crack the ice open.
Water Bucket Race: Divide the kids into even-numbered teams facing each other, each equipped with a bucket or large red Solo cup. The objective is to transfer water from a full bucket to an empty one down the line, with the team having the most water remaining in their bucket declared as the winner.
Water Gun Tag: Have a thrilling water battle royale by equipping kids with affordable spray bottles, squirt guns, etc. Players are eliminated when their shirts get wet, making the game exciting and competitive.
Drip, Drip, Drop: Children sit in a circle as one person drips water from a cup on others’ heads. When they decide to “dunk” someone, they pour all of the water over that person’s head, prompting them to chase the dunker around the circle.
Beat the Heat This Summer
How are you and your family staying cool? We want to know your favorite ways to stay cool in the heat this summer in the comments below.
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Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
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