If there’s one thing I’ve learned about toddlers since my little guy became one, it’s that they have no “off” button. They are go, go, go 24/7 and no amount of asking them to slow down will get them to. With summer just around the bend, it’s time to start thinking of ways to keep our little Energizer bunnies entertained while we attempt to maintain our sanity (without alcohol) over the hot summer months. If you’ve got a terrible two or three-year old who keeps you on your toes, keep these 9 summer must-haves within reach.

1. “Fun in the Sun” Toys

If your summer plans include splashing in the ocean or making sandcastles, your toddler is going to need some “fun in the sun” toys to play with. Think of beach buckets, shovels, and little toy cars to race. They’ll stay busy for a good while, and then they’ll want to bury you in the sand. Be prepared to get some sand in those “hard to reach places.”

2. A Stylish Sun Hat

Protect your children from the sun while also making a fashion statement by putting a stylish sun hat on them. Kids love dressing up, and a hat is an article of clothing that they can easily put on and take off by themselves. Encourage their big kid capabilities by letting them choose one that they like, and remind them to wear it whenever the sun is shining their direction.

3. Comfy Summer Kicks

It’s crazy how fast our children grow. And with this constant growth comes the constant need for new clothes. If your toddler has outgrown their current pair of summer sandals, it’s probably time to get them a new pair. If they lose their shoes as often as most kids, you might want to get them two!

Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
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