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I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful that it is finally summer. My daughter and I have been cooped up in the house for far too long. Thankfully, the warm weather has arrived and it’s time to get outside! I have spent all winter daydreaming of all of the fun summer activities I would do with my daughter once the weather warmed up. Now that the sun is out and the high temperatures have arrived it’s time to get outside and put these activities to the test. I’m sharing with you today 10 summer activities that I plan on doing with my baby girl this summer. These are all fun and affordable activities to do with children under 1. Enjoy!
Head to the park – One of our favorite summer activities is spending the afternoon in the park. It’s a fun and free way to get your little one out of the house and into the sun. While you are at the park you can spend some time on the playground equipment. Our daughter loves it when we hold her and go down the slide. She also loves getting to play on the swings.
Take story time outside – We love story time in our house! We make sure to read to our daughter every single day. However, doing the same activity so frequently can get a little boring for both you and your baby. That’s why we like to shake things up a little bit in the summer by taking story time outside. We lay a light blanket out under the shade of our tree and get to reading. If your kids are anything like ours they will love getting to breath in the fresh air. This is a great educational and fun way to spend a summer afternoon.
Go for a walk – Heading out for a nice walk is one of my family’s favorite summer activities. This is a great way to fit in a little bit of postpartum exercise during your baby’s first year. It’s low impact and it’s fun for both you and your little one. So, strap your baby into their stroller (we recommend the Baby Jogger City Mini GT) and take a stroll around the block. While you are walking take the time to point out and explain all of the new things your child is seeing.
Take baby swim lessons – A great way to beat the heat in the summer is by hanging out in the pool. However, both you and your child may be a little apprehensive about testing out the water for the first time. That’s where baby swim lessons come in! Swim lessons are a great way to get your little one used to being the water. Many local YMCA’s offer classes at a great affordable rate for children under 1 year. I highly recommend signing your little one up this summer. Not only is this a great activity to get your little one used to the water, but it is also a great way for you to meet other moms in your area. It’s a win win.
Have a pool day – One of our favorite purchases this summer has been an inflatable pool for our deck. My daughter is a little water bug and loves splashing around. We purchased the Intex Swim Center Family Pool and we love it! It’s great that both my husband, myself, and our daughter can all comfortably fit. A pool day should be at the top of your list of summer activities if you are looking to beat the heat this summer.
Create your own ball pit – Somedays it is just too darn hot to take the kids outside during the summer. That’s why it’s so important to have a few go to indoor summer activities as well. One of my daughter’s favorite indoor activities is playing in her ball pit. She would spend all day in there if she could. We used an inflatable swimming pool and filled it with ball pit balls. Using a baby pool instead of a traditional ball pit is not only a great way to save money, but it also makes this activity very versatile. In the summer you can fill the pool up with water and add some of the balls to make your pool day even more fun!
Go to the zoo – Every once in a while it’s nice to get out of the house and go on an adventure with the kids. A great activity for small children is going to the zoo. There is something about animals that babies just love! One of the sweetest sounds in the world is listening to your child coo and giggle as they spot the different animals. A trip to the zoo should definitely be an activity you do at least once this summer.
Visit your local farmers market – A great way to get out of the house during the summer is by visiting your local farmers market. Your child will love getting to look at all the different colors of the fruits and vegetables. I’m sure they will also love the extra attention they get from friendly shoppers as well. I know my daughter does! If you are lucky you might even get some free entertainment watching one of the local vendors make their product. Make sure you try to get to the farmer’s market early in the morning to beat the brutal summer heat!
Have a picnic – One of the best ways to spend a summer day is by taking an everyday activity outside. I am all about finding simple and free activities. That’s why we love turning lunch time into a picnic. We do baby led weaning which makes this activity super easy. However, this activity absolutely works for traditional weaning as well. Just lay a blanket out under a tree in your yard and enjoy your meal with your little one. They will love getting to breath in the fresh air and take in their new scenery.
Play with colored ice – Playing with colored ice is one of my favorite sensory activities to do with children under 1. All you have to do is add some food coloring to water before you freeze it in your ice cube trays. Once they are fully frozen you can give them to your little one to play with. They will love feeling them melt away in their hands and seeing the color bleed away. This is one of my favorite summer activities because it is affordable, easy, and fun!