If you've had a baby in the last couple of months, then I'm sure you're already stressing over how you are going to get through summer, being that there are so many questions over what is and is not safe for your little one during warmer months.
I mean, summer activities usually involve being outside, and it's no big secret that small babies and sunshine really aren't a winning combination. So what's a mom to do?
I had my little guy in March, so when pool and beach time rolled around, he was still under the age of 6 months -- that magic age when you can finally use sunscreen and don't have to be quite as concerned that you're going to put your baby in harm's way by venturing outdoors.
And since my parents lived in Florida at the time and had a pool and all that good stuff -- I sort of freaked out a little bit when we'd go down to visit them. I was so paranoid about my precious angel getting sunburned, overheated, dehydrated, or winding up with some sort of crazy skin infection from the chlorine in the pool. (I really needed a chill pill at that point in time.)
But somehow, my little man never had a problem with the sun, most likely because I followed all the recommended tips for keeping him and his baby skin safe and shielded.
On that note, here's what you need to know if you're heading into summer with a baby who isn't 6 months yet.
Are you planning on spending a lot of time in the sun with your baby? What precautions have you taken?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside