Summer Infant: What to Buy and What Not to Buy

My hubby and I planned to have our first in spring/early summer. It was all for selfish reasons, I wanted to take my maternity during nice weather. I dreamed of mommy and baby walks, days spent outside, and lots of fresh air. Little did i know that maternity leave is hardly spent walking and the warm air is usually a sweltering heat.

Keeping your infant cool and comfortable is a challege. For us, we spent a lot of picnic days in the shade of a tree or walking to find AC every 30 minutes. Eventually you figure out how to handle such hot days. Here are a few things I wish I had bought/put on my registry before I had our son and those I wish I had saved my money on.

  1. Infant Hat

Finding a hat to fit my tiny baby’s head was really hard. I looked EVERY WHERE! Even Babies R Us didn’t carry a hat small enough for Jack’s tiny head. After searching high and low Amazon came to the rescue.

This hat was only $19.99 and had an adjustable strap in the back that would grow with his head. Babies grow so quickly in the first few months that its worth it to invest in something that adjust more than by a few weeks of growth. Jack has used this hat since week 3 and is going on to week 14 now.

  1. Sunscreen

Jack hates wearing sunscreen, but it is a must. He has really sensitive skin so we use Aveeno sensitive skin sunscreen. This typically works best for him. I learned on our first trip out to apply it before we even leave the house and before he gets dressed. The less hassle in the heat the better.

  1. Baby Powder

I didn’t believe it, but it’s true, baby powder is amazing at getting dirt and sand off of your baby’s sensitive skin. Heck! It worked on mine! Doesn’t matter what brand, just buy it.

  1. Battery operated fan

I had no idea how much I needed this until I bought one. A Battery operated fan is a must. Our first beach trip be placed jack in his car seat carrier, a blanket over top, and the portable fan at his feet. He slept for an hour content as could be. Not only did it provide a nice cool breeze but it provided a familiar white noise since we keep a fan on in his room at night. We now keep one for simple days in the sun, like a quick picnic. (Word to the wise, don’t let it drop in the sand… you’ll need to buy a new one)

  1. Ear Muffs

A lot of people don’t associate summer with loud noises. I know I didn’t. Once you have a baby, every noise becomes a sonic boom. My hubby and I attended an air show without these (Stupid, I know). We didn’t attend fireworks, but they were definitely bought for the upcoming concert we’ll be attending. I’ll let you know how that works out.

  1. Baby sun tent

BEST PURCHASE EVER! It’ll grow with your baby and keep the sun far-far away from their precious skin. However, if it’s a really windy day, you might want to just skip the beach. The tent will only be carried away (another lesson I wish I hadn’t learned).

Make sure the tent is large enough to fit a chair inside. Your baby will want to nurse, get changed, be held, and have play time. These things can’t be done in the sun, so make sure you can fit.

  1. Solly Wrap

This wrap has been a life saver since week 1. Jack loves being close, this wrap allows it while keeping him cool and feels like mommy’s arms are wrapped around him. It’s breathable and light, perfect for any warm day. My favorite part is that I can wear Jackson when he wants to be held and keep the sun off his precious skin.

Now, I am in no way a perfect mother. I’ve received many gifts and purchased items that I thought would work and turned out were just a waste of my money.

Note: What didn’t work for me may work fo you.

What NOT to Buy

  1. Swim Trunks

I didn’t think it at the time, but any child under 3 months during summer time don’t bother buying swimming outfits. They won’t be swimming at 6 weeks and you won’t want them in the sun that long. Not to mention your baby will be growing so fast that what fit at the beginning of the summer won’t fit at the end. If you do put them in water, a onesie works just as well. This is only my preference. To each his own.

  1. Sunscreen Stick

As I mentioned before, my baby hates putting on sunscreen and he hates the sunscreen stick even more! Don’t waste your time with it, just get the lotion. The stick gets goopy and melts everywhere when it’s in your bag. Maybe I used the wrong kind… All I know is I won’t be buying it again

  1. Spray bottle

I read somewhere to buy a spray bottle for the baby during summer. My little guy didn’t like it. It left him confused and uncomfortable (or so I gathered from his cries). His older cousin of 4 months enjoyed it. For an infant in the summer – skip it.


Fighting the Summer Frizz

Curly heads know that the summer humidity kills curls. Summer is my favorite season. Winter is my hair’s favorite season. I spend my summer mornings praying that all of my hard work won’t be reversed by the end of the day. Here are the ways that I fight off summer frizz… EVEN AT THE BEACH!!

I shower every other day. My shower routine will hopefully give me 2 days of good curls. Try to remember that every girls curls are different. Do what works for you and don’t be afraid to try new things (maybe try them on the weekend though).

Showering for Success: 

  1. Water temp should never be scolding while applied to your hair.
  2. Shampoo with a gentle shampoo. I like suave mint and rosemary shampoo. Rinse and immediately apply conditioner.
  3. Conditioner should be a deep moisturizer and you have to leave it in for at least 3-5 minutes. Again… Suave mint and rosemary conditioner works the best for me! I apply 3x more conditioner than I do shampoo (I have really long hair)
  4. While conditioning I usually do everything else I need to. Make the most of your shower time.
  5. Just before getting out I turn the water to cold (I can’t do ice-cold but it’s close) and rinse the conditioner out.
  6. Summer time only – I’ll apply a nickel size of the conditioner back into my hair.
  7. Turn off the water and ring your hair out and immediately brush out my hair with a brush. Only brush your hair that once! All other brushing should be done with your fingers. The less brushing and touching the better.

On days that I don’t have time to shower a water spray bottle becomes my best friend. Start at the roots and work your way down. Use cold water and if you need a little more help add a dab of conditioner to the water.

More important than a shower is what you do when you get out of the shower. Waiting too long or brushing too much before you put in your hair products can leave your day ruined. If you don’t have time to put your products in right after you shower (aka kids), put your wet hair in a loose bun and gently wet when you’re ready to set your hair. Here is my product routine.

Post Shower Power – The curl without the crunch

  1. I dry my hair with an old towel. You want it to be soft and feel more like cotton. An old shirt works well too. Wrap your hair for no longer than 5 minutes. A good time to do your make up.
  2. Apply an oil. I really like the Style Me hair oil from Balanced Guru. For a cheaper option TRESemme Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum works almost as well.
  3. Apply mousse. I really like the TRESemme Extra Firm Control. Scrunch it in! DON’T comb through.
  4. Finally, Apply your hair spray. I’ve been using aussie hairspray flexible hold for years now and I’ll never leave. This final step always makes everything better and never leaves my hair feeling crunchy. It just keeps the frizz away and holds the curl.

Make it Last

Your days aren’t always going to be good hair days. Just roll with it and bring a hair tie. The biggest rule for any curly head is don’t touch it. If I have a hard time with this, take a clip and clip back the front. This works best when I have a busy morning and my hair is still wet. Once you’ve set your hair, let it do its thing!

When I’ve made my curls last in their beauty all day, add some hairspray before going to bed and if you’re lucky you can go on to day 2(!!!!) with beautiful curls. And remember, embrace your curl. Don’t make it do things it wasn’t made to do. Natural is best… and a lot easier!

(Throw it up when you want!)

The Newbie

Nearly everything in my life is brand-spankin-new. I’m a new wife. I’m a new mom. I’m a new fitness freak. Everything feels new… and I like it.

Change is not something I’m usually afraid of (unless it has to do with the new stretchmarks on my stomach). I like to embrace these new challenges and choose to see them as adventures rather than obstacles. With all the new, I’ve decided to start a blog to express where I’m at and maybe connect with people who feel the same way

Here are 10 things you should know about me:

  1. I LOVE Jesus
  2. I am happily married (1.5 years)
  3. We just had our first child (Boy)
  4. I LOVE being a mom
  5. I have scoliosis corrected by a spinal fusion operation when I was 12
  6. I like healthy food
  7. Always looking to save money
  8. Cooking is my favorite pass time (besides making cooing sounds with my 2 month old)

So, now here I am new to blog life. Let’s see where this goes…