It may be hard to imagine with old man winter hanging on with a death grip this year, but the warmer days of summer are just around the corner. And with it comes the oh-so-fun days of chasing the littles around in the heat with a bottle of sunscreen and jugs of water to keep them protected and hydrated. Since I’m always a sucker for things that make these days a little more – shall we say “mom-friendly” – I’ve done some research on a few items that are absolute must-haves for this year’s summer season. Behold, the momma must-haves for summer 2018:
We all know just how messy the tiny humans can get on their own, but add the heat of summer, some sandy beaches, and a sticky, melty popsicle or two and you’ve got quite a mess on your hands – away from home (and a bathtub). This is why we’re in love with the Aquabot water bottle. This bad boy goes from water bottle, to cool mist (you can catch your kids from 25 feet!) and even has – wait for it… a shower option. Yes, you can now switch to the “stream” option on your water bottle for a shower on-the-go. Can we say genius?
Summer is just around the corner – so what do we want? SHADE. And lots of it. We love the pop-up cooling shade because it is super lightweight and easy to carry (because really, we know you’re already lugging around some littles, so let’s not add to it) and it utilizes the elements for construction. You fill the pockets with sand, gravel or whatever you have on hand (happy meal toys from the floor of the van?) to weigh it down and pop up the front with the included poles. Voila! Instant shade.
As any mom can tell you, one of the greatest “mommaccessory” you can own is the end-all-be-all carry-all sack. The SeaSack is the only summer pack you’ll need. This fabulous invention is large enough to carry your beach or pop-up chairs, towels, blankets, and well, pretty much everything else you can possibly imagine. If you can think of it, this pack has a compartment for it to keep it organized and is easy to sling over your shoulder for summer adventures. Anything that allows moms to keep their hands open for corralling toddlers is a win in my book.
Because fans were soooo last year, we bring you the Zero Breeze Portable A/C unit. Yep, you read that right. You can keep the tots cool with a battery-powered and totally portable air conditioning unit that’s easy to carry and not worry about over-heating in the summer sun. Of course, it’s also quite nice for keeping moms cool by the pool as they let the kiddos swim.
Keeping proper sunscreen on the munchkins during the heat of summer can be challenging – to put it simply. Very simply. It’s downright impossible sometimes with the multiple trips in and out of the pool or sweaty swipes of the palm after a few minutes at the park. Just when you think you’ve got your tiny humans adequately protected, you start to see the dreaded pink tint showing on their cheeks. Seriously – didn’t you just put more sunscreen on them 5 minutes ago? The Sunscreen is a fabulous little gadget that uses a UV camera to show you just how much (or how little) your kiddos are protected so you know exactly when to reapply the goop!
As much as summer is about the kids getting out in the fresh air and staying active and physically healthy, it’s also about keeping mom’s sanity in check. Because of this, I say embrace the season and the opportunity to pamper yourself a little in the process. Yes, we realize this one is still just about some frozen water, but the diamond ice cubes will let you enjoy your summer sangria (or bottled water) with a bit of royal treatment. It’s a beverage fit for the queen of the house – embrace it, mommas!
Whether you have multiple humans with multiple ages and playing levels, or you have one little human who gets bored easily, this thing is the coolest gadget you’ll ever invest in. Though we’re not sure just how much you’ll invest yet (it’s a concept piece that isn’t on the market yet), it’s built for life with a quality guarantee and offers the full scope of fun for all ages and in very minimal space. This thing is the trifecta of fun: trampoline, gyroscope, and even tent fun with a slide. Move over kids, momma wants to take a turn first!
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Jamie is a married mother of four – two girls and two boys – ages 3 to 22. With 19 years between her oldest and youngest, she writes to keep her sanity in check with a healthy dose of therapeutic humor injected for good measure. She is a children’s book author and full-time mommy blogger for her site, Momma Juice and regularly guest blogs for other sites.