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9 summer essentials for baby to stay cool all season long.

Summer Baby Fashion

Is your little one as ready for summer as you are? Though it may not feel like it, we’re on the eve of summer, and soon baby and you will do whatever you can to beat the heat. But no matter how hot and humid it may get, summer is not the time to be cooped up inside. So how do you keep baby comfortable the warmer months?

From short-sleeved onesies to bloomers to swimsuits, here are the 9 summer essentials to keep baby cool all summer long.

1. Onesie. This onesie from Kira Kids is lightweight and printed with non-toxic water-based paint. In classic grey, it will go with anything and will keep your little one fresh and cool all season long. Plus, how cool is the hand-drawn shade print? Buy here, $39.

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2. Bloomers. Every baby needs a pair of bloomers in the summertime. Why not shake it up with a leopard print that’s sure to be spotted? Billie Blooms brings you bloomers with elastic waist and legs that are totally machine washable and totally fabulous. Buy here, $34.

3. A dressy outfit. The Misha and Puff Organic Eleanor Sunsuit in sky is the perfect comfortable dressy option for your wee one. This handknit romper-esque beauty is a lovely shade of blue that will dazzle this summer, with a leg closure and ruffles for pizzazz. Buy here, $108.

4. Sunglasses. Time for your baby’s first sunnies? Check out Real Shades brand of “My First Shades” for a pair that provide 100% UV protection, a wrap around band so they won’t fall off, shatterproof lenses, and are totally adjustable to fit your baby’s uniquely sized head. Buy here, $14.95.

5. Bootie. With open toes, an adjustable hook and a loop closure, the Donsje Giggle sandal is a great summer bootie for your babe. The cow hair cream colorway is cool and casual for the pool, the beach or the mall. Buy here, $61.

6. Pants. Even when it’s hot out, a pair of pants is a must to keep baby’s legs protected from the beating sun. These organic baby leggings from 1212 are your perfect combination of softness, stretch and style. Coming in a variety of colors and made of 94% organic Pima cotton, they are also free of harmful chemicals and safe for the environment. Buy here, $34.

7. Swimsuit. It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the beach or the pool. So don’t forget to get a swimsuit for your itty-bitty bundle to get a little splash in the water. June and January just launched their new swim collection, and it is perfect for your summer adventures at the beach or at the water park. Buy here, $25.

8. A lightweight baby blanket. Even in the summer, you’ll want a lightweight blanket to throw in your stroller for a little extra baby comfort. This black and white stripe option from Brooklyn Born reflects the style of a beach blanket for summer chicness. Buy here, $59.

9. Sunhat. If you want to keep your little one’s head cool and avoid overheating, hats are non-negotiable. Little Sunhat offers the perfect selection of hats for your baby! The new bucket style in particular, which launched this month, is comfortable, stylish and offer great sun protection. Buy here, $45.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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