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Time has flown by and I am now I’m a mama who is working hard to make sure Laila has resources and activities to do during the summer. One of her favorite activities is getting in her pool to play after school or even on warm days. Like everything else with being a parent, your preparation and preparedness for the activity will determine how much you can relax and how much your child will enjoy. If you’re going to the beach, headed to the pool, or even just taking your child in the backyard to play in water this summer, here are a few products I highly recommend to add to your arsenal of fun & you look like a hero.

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Sunscreen
Like I really need to tell you sunscreen is vital in the summer. Even if your black is beautiful, you need it too! However, for babies & kids, it’s extremely important to ensure you protect their from harmful UV rays. I’ve been using Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Suncreen & have nothing but great things to say about it. Laila’s skin is sensitive & like me, she has eczema. So it’s comforting to know that this product doesn’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Plus, it’s in a spray. If you’ve ever dealt with the white, goopy sunscreens you have to pour in hand (and usually it’s too much), you understand the excitement. You can spray it on, rub it in, and go. I also keep this sunscreen stick in my baby bag when we’re out and about.

Water Shoes
Laila is too young to wear flip flops, but water shoes are a gem because it keeps her toes from being exposed and getting cuts or abrasions. It also keeps kids from stepping on something or walking bare foot on hot pavement. For Laila’s water play, I went with this water shoe by Speedo. I love the fact that the front has a drawstring that allows me to make it tighter, so the shoe fits nice and snug.

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Inflatable vs. Hard Sided Plastic
When it comes to kiddie pools, do you know which is better? What if I said the popular version sold can be harmful to baby’s health?

A few weeks ago I bought Laila an inflatable pool very similar to this one. Nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing was wrong with it. Actually she absolutely loved it. However, I found out those pools are made with PVC, which is considered the most environmentally damaging out of all plastics. Plus, they allow toxins to seep into the water. Who wants to put their kid in that?! Yeah, no. Bad choice.

It was suggested I opt for the old school hard polyethylene pools instead, which won’t allow toxins in and is better for baby’s skin & health. While they aren’t convenient for storage, they are much easier to clean, killing any germs that can grow in the pools. We made the switch and haven’t looked back since.

Keep the party going, Moms!

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