2017 Summer Survival Guide

The StrollerTraffic editors have scoured the web to find the best stuff for the hot season, from Coast Guard-approved swim vests to handy travel gear and shady sun hats. And yes, there are deals. And giveaways. Happy sunshine, happy saltwater, happy shopping!

JCrew Swimsuit, $98

A suit that meets all new-mom criteria- classic cut, nursing-friendly, ruching in the right places, and options for D or DD-cup. Available at jcrew.com.

Zara Bermuda Shorts, $14.90

Selected by Katie Hampton, San Francisco: Just add the adventure! Available at zara.com.

Spiritual Gangster Tee, $34

Every summer wardrobe needs a graphic tee, so why not one with a zen-ful reminder? Available at spiritualgangster.com.

Stella McCartney Floral Dress, $90

Between the bold print and sweet details (we're looking at you, flutter sleeves), totally worth the splurge. Available at childrensalon.com.

Willaby Clothier Sun Hat, $38

Selected by Geneva Karwoski, Joshua Tree: A unisex, floppy-brim hat for fashionable sun protection. Available at willabyshop.com.

Rylee + Cru Bubble Onesie, $39

When the inevitable heat wave hits, who says style has to suffer? Available at ryleeandcru.com

Mini Boden Towelling Throw-On, $39

Nothing screams "beach nap" like a towelling hoodie. Available at bodenusa.com.

Vans Asher V, $30

Put a little fun in his step this summer. Available at vans.com.

Rickshaw Design Sardine Jon Jon, $48

Classic cut and one-of-a-kind design? We say match made in heaven. Available at rickshawdesign.com.

June & January Swing Dress, $27

This wear-anywhere dress comes in 12 gorg colors, and you're going to want need them all. Available at juneandjanuary.com.

Old Soles Free Sandal, $49.95

Warning: you're going to be stopped (a lot) by strangers asking where you got these. Available at zappos.com.

Pink Chicken Liv Bubble, $60

Her introduction to cheetah print done right. Available at pinkchicken.com

Fairy Tales Coco Cabana Spray, $11.95

Keep tresses sea salt, chlorine, and tangle-free with conditioning spray made of vitamins, minerals, and gentle fruit extracts that boost shine and protect hair. Available at fairytaleshaircare.com.

UPPAbaby Sun Shade, $9.99

Keep your precious cargo from squinting with one of these on both backseat windows. Available at uppababy.com.

Hydro Flask 12 oz Bottle, $24.95

Cold water will stay cold for up to 24 hours in a size perfect for little hands. (Worried about spills? Opt for the sport cap.) Available at hydroflask.com.

Sport-Brella XL, $57

The Sport-Brella features SPF 50+, side vents, and 9 feet of  sun protection– the perfect combo for a toddler to build their sandy wonderland. Perfect for you? The 3-second setup and breakdown. Available at amazon.com.

Dermalyouth SPF 30 Lip Saver, $7.50

Selected by Kristin Quinn, Boston: This soothing lip balm is made from zinc and is water resistant and minty. Snag one for every bag. Available at dermalyouth.com.

Subsidy Kids Shades, $12

Shades as fun as your summer days. Available at subsidy-shades.myshopify.com.

Patagonia Baby Capilene Silkweight Sun Hoody, $39

This long-sleeved hooded pullover protects against sun and wind with cool-wearing Capilene Silkweight fabric with 50+ UPF sun protection. Available at patagonia.com.

Skip Hop Stroller Liner, $25

Keep strolling comfy in the heat with this padded seat liner that helps regulate baby's temperature by wicking away moisture and promoting air flow. Available at nordstrom.com.

Charlie Banana Rash Guard, $22.99

Protect baby’s delicate skin from sand, sun, and surf with this long-sleeved rash guard with UPF50+ sun protection. (Perfect to pair with a reusable Charlie Banana Swim Diaper!). Available at charliebanana.com.

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen, SPF 50+, $12.99

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen has the FDA's highest allowable levels of SPF, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, and water resistance (80 minutes), and the EWG’s top rating (1). It's free of parabens, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane and nano particles, and applies easily with a non-oily feel. Available at gothinkbaby.com.

Little Unicorn Seat Canopy, $30

A breathable shade for your baby’s seat that will actually put? Score. Available at littleunicorn.com.

Hanna Andersson Sun Hat, $18

Selected by Becky Olson, Chicago: This hat wears many hats: it blocks 99% of UVA/UVB rays, protects ears and neck, and made from eco-friendly material. Available at hannandersson.com.

Baby Float Swan, $30

No better way to get in on the pool action than a cool baby float, right?  Available at giggle.com.

HABA Sand Bucket Scooter, $19.99

Scoot, scoop, pour, fill, sift, and pack with this super-portable set in the perfect size for the under-3 crowd. Available at amazon.com.

Stearns Puddle Jumper, $20

This US Coast Guard-approved device ensures they'll stay afloat. Available at coleman.com.

Kanga Care Wet Bag, $18.95

Selected by Katie Hampton, San Francisco: Store wet suits (and your Charlie Bananas reusable swim diapers) in this genuis bag – it's the standard size of a wet bag, but features a half-moon shape to allow for more volume.  Available at kangacare.com.

VW Wagon Tent, $59.99

Selected by Nicole Delma, Hamptons:  Summer will be too cool for school with this kid-sized, waterproof indoor/outdoor tent in the iconic 1965 VW camper van design. Available at buybuybaby.com.

Sand Off! Terrycloth Mitt, $8.99

This mitt is infused with an unscented, talcum-free powder to help dust off stubborn sand (it's formulated to work atop sunscreen) for your babe – and you. Available at sandoff.com.

Molo Newton Swim Trunks, $60

The classic swim trunk gets a fun update. Available at bergdorfgoodman.com.

Blu Monet Narwhal Bikini Set, $120

Narwhals are the new unicorns, after all. Available at blumonet.com.

Plae Mimo, $34.95

The Mimo comes with customizable tabs to ensure a good fit, and is made from splash-friendly material to ensure a good time. Available at goplae.com.

Original Toy Company Clear Bucket, $6

Give your little explorer an up-close view of their shoreline discoveries. Available at fatbraintoys.com.

Sunnylife Beach Sounds, $48

The water and sand resistant Beach Sounds works with any smart phone or tablet (or kick it old school and use the AM/FM tuner) to play your summer soundtrack anywhere. Available at sunnylife.com.

Charlie Banana Reusable Swim Diaper, $12.99

Available in a plethora of fun prints and bold colors, the stylish and secure Reusable Swim Diaper is ingeniously made with one waterproof layer and an ultra-soft and absorbent TENCEL® fabric layer. Available at charliebanana.com.

Kid Kraft Pirate Sandboat, $279.99

Ahoy! Let little pirates’ imaginations soar in this fun upgrade to the sandbox. Available at kidkraft.com.

PUBLIC Balance Bike, $92

Selected by Katie Hampton, San Francisco: Learn to ride a bike and grow an appreciation for classic design at the same time? Win-win. Available at publicbikes.com.

Gathre Mat, $120

Picnics, beach outings, crafts in the backyard – this stain-resistant (translation: no laundering necessary) mat will be home to it all. Available at gathre.com.

Green Toys Dump Truck, $27.99

If a dump truck is a must-have in the summer toy stash, why not make it an eco-friendly one? Available at greentoys.com.

eco-kids Stamp & Sidewalk Paint Kit, $12.99

Mixing the paints (they come in powder form) might be just as fun as the stamping. Added bonus: it’s all made from ingredients you can actually pronounce. Available at ecokidsusa.com.

Little Kids No Spill Big Bucket, $15

Finally, everyone can have their own wand. Available at amazon.com.

Nook Playmat, $120

The LilyPad play mat is suitable for indoors and outdoors, folds easily for travel, and its pebble design promotes air flow to keep baby cool. Available at nordstrom.com.

PB Kids Rainbow Sprinkler, $149

Does anything guarantee fun more than an inflatable rainbow sprinkler? Nope. Available at potterybarnkids.com.

Fisher Price Baseball Set, $29.99

Selected by Michelle Green, Austin: Because every hall of famer started on a tee, right? Available at academy.com.

KidKraft Double Chaise Lounge, $134.99

After a long afternoon of playing, nothing beats a cushy spot to kick back with a sippy cup. Available at kidkraft.com.

Land of Nod Sand & Water Table, $399

Selected by Becky Olson, Chicago: With two spacious bins for sand and water, this water table will be a welcome addition to your backyard decor.  Available at landofnod.com.

Micro Kickboard Mini2Go Deluxe, $129.99

The Mini2Go is suitable for 18-months to 5-years, eventually converting to a stand-up scooter with an adjustable T-bar. Available at microkickboard.com

NoshLil’ Melties, $3.99

For puff emergencies on-the-go, keep a stash of these (organic, dairy-free, non-gmo) single-serving packs. Available at luv2nosh.com.

Baby K’tan Diaper Bag, $59.95

Adventurous summers call for a diaper bag with a built-in wet bag and 13 other intuitively placed and generously sized pockets.  Available at babyktan.com.

Stasher Bag

Selected by Michelle Green, Austin: Replace plastic snack bags with this reusable bag made from food-grade silicone. It can go from the freezer to the stovetop to the dishwasher and back again (and again). Available at stasherbag.com.

Oh Joy! First Aid Kit, $5.99

Be ready for boo-boo’s, the dreaded summer fever, and everything in between with this first aid kit designed to fit it all. Available at target.com.

Lamaze Stroller Toy, $13

Rusty the Robot and his plethora of ribbons, crinkles, plastic rings, and squeaks make for one entertaining stroller bestie. Available at target.com.

7AM Enfant Hamper Bag, $38

It’s not a diaper bag, it’s not a wet bag— this is the carry-all for everything else. Sand toys, soccer balls, and beach towels will finally have a home with this (mashine washable) do-it-all bag. Available at 7amenfant.com.

Summer Infant Portable Booster, $34.99

Selected by Michelle Green, Austin:  This portable booster comes with a removable tray and pop-up fold, making feeding on the go a little easier. Available at buybuybaby.com.

Stokke MyCarrier, $199

Inward carry, outward carry, or back carry in Stokke’s ergonomical design in breathable mesh. Available at mbeans.com.

MacLaren Volo Stroller, $295.00

Take the iconic, functional design of the Maclaren Volo, add bold and playful patterns inspired by Dylan’s Candy Bar, and you have the stroller of the summer. Available at maclaren.com.

Una the Unicorn Trunki, $49.99

Because she needs a suitcase as magical as her adventures. Available at trunki.com.

NUNA SENA aire mini, $199.95

Ventilated mesh pulls away heat and humidity, the zip-off mattress is washer and dryer safe, and the bassinet folds with the frame. Travel with baby just got a whole lot easier. Available at nuna.eu.

boon TRIP, $14.99

Selected by Michelle Green, Austin: Make clean up a breeze on-the-go with a portable drying rack.  Bottles, nipples, pacifiers, pump parts? No problem. Available at booninc.com.

Chameleon Cold Brew Gift Set, $32

Select three flavors (or black) to customize this set from a brand whose production practices are worthy of your loyalty. Available at chameleoncoldbrew.com.

Molton Brown Special Edition Gift Set, $68

Let rhubarb and rose be the scent of their unforgettable summer.  Available at moltonbrown.com.

6-in-1 Game Board, $97.99

A timeless staple for any living room.  Available at bedbathandbeyond.com.

Michael Aram Dish, $175

Because nobody says “thank you” quite like Michael Aram.  Available at michaelaram.com.

Mark and Graham Bartender’s Prep Board, $59

This monogrammable board answers all your cocktail questions in a much more fun (and beautiful) way than a Google search.  Available at markandgraham.com.

Cream Cornwall Platter, $53.49

The challenge will be ensuring your visit is as memorable as this hand-painted statement piece. Available at houzz.com.

Three Months of European Cheese, $159.95

A unique sampling of cheeses from the UK, Italy, and (of course) France. The perfect cocktails-on-the-deck accompaniment for your favorite turophile.  Available at williamsonoma.com.

Mackenzie Childs Pitcher, $98

Get her something she'll be reaching for every time she entertains. Available at neimanmarcus.com.

Dean & Deluca Sweet Breakfast, $75

If they're providing the bed(s), here's a delectable way to bring the breakfast. Available at deandeluca.com.