5 Pieces of Baby Gear You Need for an Awesome Summer

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Boba Soft-Structured Infant Carrier

Boba.com

When I had my first baby in May, I feared taking her outside. Voices of grandmas warning against babies in the sun and visions of bug bites danced in my head, leaving me snuggling with her indoors all summer long. 

Baby snuggles aren't all bad, of course, but there's no reason to lock yourself indoors all summer long just because you have a baby. These pieces of baby gear will get you back outdoors and living an active lifestyle, all with your sidekick in tow. 

Boba Carrier 

I can't say enough great things about the Boba carrier. I bought the Boba wrap when my daughter was a newborn and then upgraded to the Boba carrier as she got older. The wrap is great for snuggling little newborns close to your chest, but the Boba carrier is more versatile because it can carry all the way from newborn to toddler ages. Plus, it's incredibly comfortable. 

I've done everything from vacuum my house to hike through the woods to walk all through Disneyworld and play golf with my daughter in our Boba. It's a wonderful investment and it stays in such great shape, you can easily sell it when you're done or pass it on for even more value. The Boba also has a built-in "shade" in the front pocket, so you can ward off harmful sun ray's for your little one too. Genius. 

Boba Carrier, $125

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Bike Trailer

Burley.com

As soon as your baby is old enough to sit by herself, you will definitely want to find yourself a bike trailer. This version from Burley (that our family is looking forward to trying out when we review it!) can actually convert to a bike trailer, jogging stroller, or even a sled, so it's a great investment.

We have four kids and have used the heck out of our current bike trailer. It's a wonderful way to stay active when you have little kids. They get to sit in the comfort of a roomy trailer with lots of snacks while you get a good workout hitting the trails.

I picked our current bike trailer up at a garage sale for $10, so I recommend checking your local sales or even online sites like Craigslist for a used option if you can't afford a new one. However, be sure to check safety and expiration dates on any used equipment for babies. 

D'Lite Bike Trailer For Kids, $600

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Baby Beach Tent

iCorer.com

There are a lot of options for baby beach tents, but this version, available on Amazon, is under $40 and it's big enough to be useful, even as your baby grows. It's roomy and open, so you don't have to worry about your baby overheating and it will provide nice shade for a baby napping in a car seat or a tired-out toddler. Plus, it comes with its own carrying bag, so when you're carrying 10,000 bags to the beach anyways, you won't even notice it. 

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Baby-Safe Sunscreen

Amazon.com

Honestly, I get overwhelmed with choosing "all-natural" products for my baby, because there are so many on the market and it can be hard to know what to trust. I'm a little hesitant to try the all-natural sunscreens, after some controversy last year, but basic rules: try to avoid parabens whenever possible and never use spray-on sunscreen for babies or kids. 

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A Backpack Diaper Bag

Lilyjade.com

Trust a mother of four on this one: the best thing you can do for yourself this summer is go hands-free when it comes to your diaper bag. Many of the diaper bags from Lily Jade convert to hands-free backpacks, but are stylish enough to use as normal bags when you're done. So you can go from hitting the trails to a dinner out without missing a beat. Also, once you try to change a baby's diaper while navigating a stroller and a tantruming child, you'll realize a hands-free diaper bag is pretty much the best idea ever.  

Lily Jade, $195+

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