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Remember 4th of July in the good old pre-baby days? The beer, the fireworks, the beach, all the grilling under the sun… Independence Day’s festivities won't look quite the same with “baby." In fact, everything that comes with the most patriotic day of the year -- the heat, the crowd, the firecrackers, the parades -- can be quite nerve-racking when all you can think about is that the fireworks will probably keep baby up all night. But guess what? If you don't want to sit the party out, you don't have to! In fact, the Fourth of July can be a blast, and baby may even want to join the party -- you just need to be prepared.

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That is why asked you, mamas, to share your number one tip to ace the celebrations; and boy, did you deliver! Here are 13 tips to survive your first 4th of July with baby.

1. Bring all the shade with you. A beach umbrella or tent will keep you little one out of the sun while waiting for the fireworks to start.

2. Bring a kiddie pool. Coupled with the shade, the kiddie pool will keep your little one as cool as can be… and oh so happy!

3. Bring all the snacks. If your little one is already eating solids, snacks will ensure that he or she is satiated and happy throughout the day. The last thing you want during a firework show is a “hangry” baby.

4. Bring all the drinks. It’s hot outside, so you want to make sure that baby doesn’t get dehydrated. So bring formula or breast milk, or make sure you are able to nurse on the go. And don’t forget water for you!

5. Bring all the toys. Keep baby busy while you’re busy socializing with friends and family.

6. Bring a wagon. If you’re spending the day at the beach, a wagon can carry all of your stuff and moonlight as a beach bassinet.

7. Bring all the sunblock. The best way to protect baby from harmful UV rays is to keep him or her in the shade, but make sure to slather him or her with sunblock as well!

8. Bring all the headphones. Fireworks are loud and can really startle baby. Headphones are a good way to muffle loud sounds.

9. Bring all the bug sprays. Biting bugs are the worse -- not just because a bite itches, but because they also carry diseases. So for babies over two months old, make sure to bring bug spray. Otherwise, protect your little one with a mosquito net.

10. Don’t be too close to the fireworks. If you don’t have headphones, you can park away from the fireworks. The view will still be pretty, but it won’t scare baby.

11. Prepare your little ones. You can watch fireworks on YouTube or on TV so that they know what to expect.

12. Celebrate at home. No need to stress yourself out. If you feel like you'll be anxious the whole time, plan on bringing the party at home. If baby gets tired, he or she will at least get to sleep in his or her own bed (hopefully with a sound machine near by).

13. Bring grandma. This says it all. ;)

Image by Stephanie McCabe, via Unsplash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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