The calendar says there are still a few more weeks of spring. But with Memorial Day behind us, we’re in full-on summer mode. As everyone gears up, stocks up, and finalizes their vacation plans, the StrollerTraffic panel of pros weighs in on everything from sunscreen to travel gear. Eco expert Christopher Gavigan gives the lowdown on hidden chemicals in many summer products; Seedlings Group shares their summer reading list of great new parenting books; and gear guru Jamie Grayson rattles off his top five summer essentials. Amy Atlas offers five inspiring ideas for outdoorsy birthday and BBQ fetes; Babytime! founder Kim Walls shares tasty, nutritious recipes for cool treats; and our friends at Project Nursery pick the best new (kid-friendly) pieces for creating a stylish backyard oasis. Finally, on the heels of a new pool report from the CPSC, be sure to heed MD Moms’ advice on water safety.

Here’s to a happy, healthy hot season!