Summer Essentials for Baby
Having a Summer Baby? Here Are Your Registry Must-Haves
August 20, 2019

Having a Summer Baby? Here Are Your Registry Must-Haves

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Having a Summer Baby? Here Are Your Registry Must-Haves

Summer fun, summer sun and summer babies!

We’ve rounded up the registry essentials you’ll want to check off your list if you’re welcoming a summer baby. (Or just to keep on-hand if you’re looking for summer must-haves for your little one!)

Swaddles swimming with sea life, an all-terrain stroller perfect for outdoor adventures and the easiest-to-use beach tent you ever did see (we promise!)—we have everything you need to help you welcome your sun-kissed bundle of joy—and keep using for summers to come.

Nursery and Decor

If you’re worried about the summer heat warming up your baby’s nursery, this crib mattress is the answer. The core is made of 90% free air so it’s breathable, cool and even washable.

Bring some summer style to your little one’s crib with this soft cotton muslin fitted sheet decked out in seaworthy narwhals.

Your newborn won’t be able to take their eyes off of these irresistible sea creatures floating above. We love the neutral color palette and whimsical style.

Muslin swaddles are a must-have for everything, from keeping tiny toes warm to a clean place for diaper changes on the go. The seafarer theme makes this 4-pack a summer baby staple.

A snug swaddle can help soothe a fussy newborn and prevent the startle reflex that often disturbs baby’s sleep. The Velcro wings on this one make it foolproof, and the mid-weight cotton makes it ideal for warmer months.

Once your little one has outgrown the swaddle, you’ll want to move to a sleep sack—a cozy alternative to loose crib bedding. We love this tropical pattern and the light layers of soft cotton muslin that will keep baby warm without overheating.

On the Go

A wrap is a snuggly spot for a baby to rest and relax—with the added bonus of freeing up your hands to do other things. This lightweight option is simple to use and just right for summer.

For a more structured carrier option, the Cool Air Mesh is a great registry add. It features four carry positions and will take you from the newborn days all the way through the toddler years. And the ventilated construction offers more breathability than many structured carriers, making it ideal for summer babies.

Summer means you may be hitting the road with your baby more than usual. This infant car seat is easy to install and weighs under 8 pounds, making it one of the lightest on the market and perfect for summer travels with your new addition.

Summer sun, summer fun and…summer bugs. This ultra-fine mesh net fits over most car seats and strollers and protects your little one from unwanted summer pests.

Bring baby along on those outdoor adventures with our favorite all-terrain jogging stroller. A full suspension system, huge cargo basket and an adjustable handlebar make this sturdy stroller one of the best when it comes to hitting the road.

Stroller liners are great for keeping babies cool and keeping strollers clean. This one helps wick away moisture while also increasing airflow.

A stroller fan may seem like a luxury, but it’s a huge plus if you live in a super warm climate or plan on being outdoors a lot with baby. We love this one because of the flexible grip-anywhere mount and the rechargeable battery.

You won’t want to deal with packing up your at-home monitor every time you travel. This basic, affordable audio-only option is perfect for keeping an ear on baby when you’re away from home.

A backpack-style diaper bag keeps your stuff organized and your hands free when you’re out and about with baby. The MainFrame is lightweight, roomy and features a wide top opening for easy access.


Perfect for feeding on the go, this lightweight high chair hooks onto most tables and even comes with its own carrying bag so you can take it along on summer excursions.

No ice packs needed here. Just pop the entire insulated cooler bag into the freezer overnight (it folds up, not to worry) and it’s ready to keep up to four 5-ounce bottles chilled to perfection.

These bandana bibs are soft, absorbent and come in tons of summer-friendly styles.


Skip the disposables and add this eco-friendly option to your registry instead for summer swim fun. These washable swim diapers have leak-proof cuffs, a comfy cotton terry lining and the cutest patterns around.

From wet clothes to dirty diapers, wet bags have so many uses, but especially during the summer. This one is perfect for keeping messes contained in your diaper bag or under your stroller.


Sometimes the simplest things turn out to be the most useful. Perfect for beach days, park days or any summer adventure, this wipeable and water-resistant bonded leather mat will become your new BFF once baby arrives.

A comfortable, portable playard just right for on-the-go, this one features a padded play space, an activity gym, SPF 50+ shaded fabric and a roll-down mosquito net.

A shaded space for baby to escape the summer heat is key—but most beach tents are a huge pain to set up. (And don’t even get us started on the take down…) Not the case with the Basecamp. It’s ridiculously simple to pop open and closed, features great shade and ventilation and folds neatly into a lightweight carrying case for easy portability.

Health + Safety

Non-toxic, extra gentle and just right for your baby’s soft summer skin, this gift pack from Tubby Todd has everything you need for bath time and beyond.

Whether it’s the bath or the beach, wrap your little one up in this huge cotton muslin towel lined with soft terry cloth and decked out in the cutest sea life around.

Summer is filled with outdoor events and concerts, but they’re often way too loud for little ears. These pint-sized ear muffs protect baby’s sensitive ears while still being comfy to wear.

Staying out of direct sun is your best bet for a summer baby, but this reef-friendly zinc-based sunscreen is a good choice for protecting your little one’s skin if shade isn’t an option. (Just remember to check with your ped if you’re using it on a baby under 6 months.)


A broad, wide rim and a hidden elastic in back for a snug fit make this bucket hat a staple for any stylish summer babe.

Let those tiny toes wiggle freely in the warm summer air with a pair of footless pajamas from beloved children’s brand Hanna Andersson in this exclusive collab with Amazon.

Rash guards are great for beaches, lakes or anytime you’re looking for a little extra sun protection for your little one. This pullover long-sleeved option is UPF 50+ and made from soft, quick-dry material.

The snap-bottom bodysuit is a wardrobe staple for any summer baby. We love these basic 3-packs for the quality, color selection and price.

Yup, even babies need sunglasses! These polarized shades provide 100% UVA/UVB eye protection and are indestructible—or you’ll get a brand new pair.

Books and Toys

Summer snuggles just got more fun with this lovey + board book pack. Just remember, no stuffed animals in the crib—this cuddly hammerhead is for supervised snuggling only!

Since your baby can’t enjoy an ice cream cone quite yet, give them the next best thing with this food-grade silicone teether that’s sure to bring summer smiles.

Tactile books stimulate babies’ senses and keep them engaged. We love the bright colors and variety of textures in this undersea adventure.

We dare you not to laugh along with this hilarious, lovable pout-pout fish as he searches the sea trying to figure out how to rid his face of a permanent pout.

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