Intex My Baby Float Ring
Turn your wee one into a water baby with these pint-size inner tubes made especially for infants. It’s a great way to let them get their kicks in a pool or lake with mom and dad by their side. $3.99 at Yeager’s Sporting Goods.
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D’Lightville USA caps
There’s something infinitely adorable about babies in dapper hats, and they don’t get much more dapper than these sweet nautical caps made by Bellingham’s D’Lightville USA. With reversible styles in patterns of anchors, whales, and more, these hats do double duty. $14.99 at Bellingham Baby Co.
Thinkbaby SPF 50 Sunscreen
That pinchably soft, squishy skin is part of what makes babies so magical. Keep it protected with sunscreen made especially for them. Thinkbaby SPF 50 Sunscreen is water-resistant, free of harmful chemicals, and easy to apply, so you can slather it on and get outside to enjoy the sun worry-free. $12.99 at Along Comes a Baby.
King of the castle
Green Toys Sand Play Set
Nothing says summer like heading to the beach and building castles and kingdoms out of sand. If the beach isn’t in the cards, your kiddos can turn the sandbox into their royal realm with this Sand Play Set, loaded with a bucket, shovel, rake, and castle mold, all made from recycled milk jugs. $21.95 at Fairhaven Toy Garden.
Just add water
Melissa & Doug Water Wow Books
Your toddlers can have all the fun of painting with none of the mess with these Water Wow Books. The colorful scenes come to life with a dab of water from the brush, and once they’re dry, your kids can paint them all over again. These are great for car trips, dinners out, and any time you want to keep your child entertained with ease. $4.99 at Wild Blueberries.
“Sticker Style House” by Jenny Bowers
A toddler with a love of stickers can be both fun and frightful for parents; who knows which wall or piece of furniture could get plastered with dinosaurs and sparkly stars when your back is turned. This beautifully illustrated “Sticker Style House” book by Jenny Bowers allows your child to fill the rooms in the pages with stickers. It’s no guarantee they won’t end up on your table, but it’s a start. $12.99 at Ideal.
EeBoo Robot Checkers
Board game fun doesn’t get much simpler than checkers, and now you can bring this classic game with you wherever you wander with this travel magnetic checker set. Add in a robot theme, and you’ve got yourself the perfect activity for road trips, picnics, and campouts. $14.50 at Paper Dreams.
Come away with me
“Diary of a Time Traveler,” written by David Long and illustrated by Nicholas Stevenson
Avoid the summer slump with a book that sneaks history lessons in with gorgeous illustrations and the ever-popular idea of time travel, made possible with a history teacher’s magic journal. Meet Einstein, see the first Olympic Games, and sit at Mozart’s piano. Books really are magic. $22.99 at Village Books.
Red Boots Designs T-shirts
A step beyond the usual screen print style, Red Boots Design’s latest white tees are anything but plain. With simple, bright illustrations of canoes, ships and, of course, bikes, these tops will be a staple in your child’s summer wardrobe. $18 at Kids Northwest.