Happy 4th of July! This is one of my favorite holidays because it combines all of my favorites: warm (or hot) weather, family time, fireworks, and picnics (and picnic food)! Now that we have the twins, the 4th of July will never be the same. Thankfully, we have had some practice with family picnics and get-togethers with friends to try out the gear that we will need to make these BBQs a success for us and the babies.
Items You Want for Baby
picnic blanket: I love my Thirty-One Gifts About Town Blanket. It is water-resistant and easily folds up to make it easy to carry and set up. Plus, I have been known to throw mine in the washer when it gets really dirty (and hang it up to dry).
stroller fans: We have used these simple fans from Babies R Us, and they work great. Obviously, if it is too hot, we won’t bring the twins outside, but these fans will help if they are a little warm and need some cooling off. Plus, no hands needed, because they clip onto the stroller. You can also use a hand-held fan with a spray bottle attached if you baby doesn’t mind getting a little wet.
sunscreen: We are currently using the Babyganics mineral-based 50 SPF sunscreen, but I would encourage you to take a look at The Wise Baby’s Baby Safe Sunscreen Roundup to get our pick of the best sunscreen for Baby.
hats and sunglasses: Even if your child is all covered up with sunscreen, it’s not a bad idea to be extra-careful with sun hats and a pair of wrap-around sunglasses. Audrey likes to take off her hats, so we have to make sure that she has a chin strap on hers.
portable activity seats: I absolutely love our GoPods by Kidco for on-the-go safety. Audrey and David can sit or stand in these, we can attach toys to them, AND there is a container for a drink and a snack. They fold up easily and are so lightweight!
toys: Make sure to pack your baby’s favorite toys, but also be ok if they get dirty. Remember, you are at a picnic! We always like to include some sort of teething toys, a pacifier, a rattle, and a lovey.
diaper bag: Of course, don’t forget your diaper bag filled with diapers, wipes, and a travel diaper changing pad.
With carrying a baby (or two), a cooler and other food, the diaper bag, and all of the other gear, it’s nice to have as many handles or straps as possible. Make sure to find items that are lightweight and easy to transport. Some other things that you will want to think about is where can you set up in the shade as well as if your babies are getting enough fluids. They may need to feed a little more often or even sip on some water (if you have been given the ok from your pediatrician). Here are some additional items that may be helpful, but aren’t necessary for every family or child:
playpen: The new Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Ultimate Playard is a fantastic choice for a large playpen that will fit many babies. Plus, this sits flat on the ground (so no worries about weight limits) and it has a water resistant floor, so you can literally put this on any wet or dry surface.
pop-up tent: If you are worried about sand or dirt, Kel-Gar’s Sun Dome is fantastic, as it has a 50 SPF rating, but it also is protective on all sides (zipping completely closed) and the bottom.
bottle or solid food: While we make our own food while at home, when we are on-the-go, I love to use ready-made organic baby food. My choice for a great-quality, easy travel baby food is Plum Organics.