2018 Summer Survival Guide

The StrollerTraffic editors have scoured the web to find the best stuff for the hot season, from sunscreen and sand toys to handy travel gear and shady sun hats. Happy sunshine, happy saltwater, happy shopping!

Minnow Swim Doodle Ruffle One Piece, $64

With on-trend ruffles and a sweet doddle design, this fully-lined number is ready for a day on the water... and plastered all over your IG feed. Hashtag mermaid life.  At minnowswim.com.

Baby Gap Print Pull-On Shorts, $24.95

Would you like fries with that? He'll be ready to show everyone and anyone the unexpected prints on these wear-anywhere drawstring shorts. At gap.com.

PLAE Sam 2.0, $49.95

You'll love the toe protection and ample sole support in these machine-washable kicks. Your tot will love the customizable, switch-out Velcro straps and beach-loving colors. At plae.co.

Pink Chicken Eli Onesie, $56

You'll be doing the laundry just to be sure this onesie is clean.  The blue sea creatures print screams statement piece while the bottom buttons keep things functional for easy changing.  At pinkchicken.com.

Oeuf Under Pressure Tee, $44

Made from 100% organic pima cotton jersey, this cheeky graphic tee elevates the summer playground outfit. Warning: you'll be humming Queen all summer. At oeufnyc.com.

Boden Baby Bathers, $22

Because baby swim should involve bright colors and bold patterns.  This one has plenty of room for a swim diaper and a drawstring waist for proper fit. Available at bodenusa.com.

Liberty x Janie and Jack Roll Cuff Shirt, $45

A zoo theme is the standout detail of this Janie and Jack shirt with Liberty's of-the-moment print design, but the roll cuffs, chest pocket, and button-down casualness complete this summer look. At janieandjack.com.

Primary x Maisonette Set of 3 Baby Tees, $24

Stash 'em, pack 'em, wear 'em daily—your baby can't have enough classic tees. Primary x Masionette’s colorful trio comes complete with shoulder snaps for easy on-off.  At maisonette.com.

Tula Cover-Up, $39.99

Soft, lightweight, and snuggly, this hooded pullover is perfect for post-bath or post-splash. Tula's of-the-moment designs are geared towards everything that kids love, like animal prints and rocket ships. Available at babytula.com.

Leopold Striped Romper, $66

Prints rule this year, and we say run with it.  Leopold's fresh one-piece is detailed with retro-folk multicolored stripes and short-sleeved cuteness, showing of high (micro)fashion at its finest. At smallable.com.

Tea Collection Trapeze Dress, $32.50

Wear it to the park or summer soirees.  Layer with capris and a cardigan or rock it on its own.  This “wear anywhere, do anything” piece is ready for all the summer adventures.  At teacollection.com.

Freshly Picked Sandals, $40

Soft leather straps, a prong-free buckle, styles and colors for girls and boys, and a water resistant design make Freshly Picked's sandals our pick for the ultimate summer shoe. At freshlypicked.com.

COOLA Mineral Baby SPF 50 Organic Sunscreen Stick, $26

Did you know most sunscreen harms coral reefs? Not this one. The SPF 50, 70% organic formula is fragrance, paraben, and preservative free...and water resistant. At coolasuncare.com.

Ergobaby OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier, $180

Who said the snuggles have to stop when temperatures rise? Get all the carry positions... without all the sweat. At ergobaby.com.

Brica Mega Hot White Roller Shade, $10

Not sure how hot is too hot? This UVA/UVB over-sized car window shade will change colors to let you know it's time to crank the AC.  At munchkin.com. 

Thinkbaby Sunscreen, $12.99

This is what you'll find in our beach bag, diaper bag, purse, and cabinet. The mineral-free formula boasts broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and 80-minute water resistance... and it applies like a dream.  At gothinkbaby.com.

bbluv Nido Mini, $79

Beach time’s a breeze with this pop-up 2-in-1 travel and play tent.. Outfitted with mesh and a canopy, baby’s protected from the wind, bugs, and sand, plus the fabric blocks the sun’s rays. At bbluvgroup.com.

Skip Hop Stroll & Go Cool Touch Stroller Liner, $25

A simple summer hack for an uncomfortable, too-hot stroller seat: Skip Hop’s Stroll & Go Cool Touch Stroller Liner fits most stroller strap designs and keeps kids cool and dry on even the hottest days. At skiphop.com.

Farmstead Apothecary Baby Powder, $11.99

Chubby thighs are adorable, heat rash is not. Farmstead Apothecary 100% Natural Baby Powder is talc-free and contains organic ingredients that keep skin smooth and dry when temps rise. At amazon.com.

Snapper Rock Longsleeve Sunsuit, $46

Keep sensitive skin protected during epic beach and pool outings with breathable UV 50+ quick-dry fabric that blocks most of the sun's rays. A front zipper makes for easy on and easy off. At snapperrock.com.

iplay Brim Sun Protection Hat, $13

We've yet to find a sun hat with a brim larger than iPlay's. The breathable, quick-dry fabric comes in both prints and solids. Easy to pack, easy to adjust, and delivers all-day coverage. At iplaybaby.com.

Babiators Ice Navigators, $25

Shield little eyes with lenses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. The flexible rubber frames and shatter-proof lens material prove that there are some things your child just can’t break. At babiators.com.

Tapplock One, $99

Keep your pool barrier locked for your kids, but with super-easy access for you. Tapplock just needs a fingerprint: no keys or codes to open, which is helpful when you’re slinging a bag and a kid. At tapplock.com.

Pail Pals, $19.95

Pail Pals bucket-and-toys design includes colorful, stackable rings and stars that float in the pool, plus the bucket’s holes create gentle sprinkles when filled with water. Stack and store the toys in the pail for 3-in-1 fun. At fatbraintoys.com.

Quut Scoppi, $29.99

Explore the beach with Quut Scoppi, a sand shovel and sifter that’s made from durable plastic to handle hours of digging. The wide base and curved foot rest allow for serious sand scooping. At mbeans.com.

AKID Aston Slides, $35

Slides: so in this season.  Easy on-and-off shoes for kids: so in FOREVER.  These slides are available in just about every size and color, perfect for kicking off and jumping in.  At akidbrand.com.

Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Shampoo & Wash, $14.50

Pool days and play days are great but … grimy. The organic ingredients in Swim & Sport Shampoo & Wash from Babo Botanicals safely remove chlorine buildup and salt from hair after all that time outdoors. At babobotanicals.com.

PBK Sand Play Set, $18

Ordinary sand castles? Soooo yesterday. Architecturally speaking, this PBK Sand Play Set is pretty extra, and the molds include the Taj Mahal, Colosseum, Great Wall of China, and other wonders of the world. At potterybarnkids.com.

Sunnylife Unicorn Baby Float, $30

Every baby deserves a sweet ride. The Sunnylife Unicorn Baby Float is adorned with a headrest and leg support for a safe, fun float around the pool in style and comfort. At barneys.com.

Skip Hop Grab & Go Wet/Dry Bag, $15

The Skip Hop Grab & Go Wet/Dry machine washable bag separates clean from dirty, wet from dry. With zippered and mesh pockets and a waterproof lining, you can fit diapers and changes of clothes all in one place. At skiphop.com.

Parasheet Beach Blanket, $39.95

Summer love: The beach. Summer bother: The sand. The Parasheet Beach Blanket’s parachute nylon material keeps gritty sand away, and can be weighed down and staked into the ground for extra staying power. At grand trunk.com.

Happy Nappy Swim Diapers, from $9.99

Happy Nappy Swim Diapers’ ergonomic shape and smart design keep safety in mind to prevent leaks, even when splashing around. The fabric protects against sunburn with UPF 50+ and comes in stand-out colors and patterns. At us.splashabout.com.

Golden Child Diaper Bag Insert, $55

Goodbye, beach bag vortex. Golden Child's insert includes three modules and insulated bottle bag store all things baby. Just arrange the pieces and fill. At goldenchildla.com.

Kindhoods Poncho, $57

Slip on Kindhoods’ hooded Poncho Towel after the kids finally climb out of the water. Made of bamboo cotton and and patterned with sweet designs, kids go from water to land in style. At kindhood.co.

PARA’KITO Mosquito Repellent Stroller Clip, $19.50

Bugs beware! The PARA’KITO refillable repellent clip attaches to your stroller or diaper bag, keeping mosquitoes away from you for two weeks. It’s DEET-free, made from essential oils, and provides all-day protection. At us.parakito.com.

Banwood First Go! Scoot Bike, $194

A balance bike uses your tot's natural motor skills development by encouraging her to use her own balance to move forward.  This pick has all the elements of the perfect first bike: durability, classic design...and that basket.  At maisonette.com.

PlanToys Croquet Set, $37

There's no better time—and no better way—to start a child's love of this classic lawn game. Balls with animal faces and brightly colored wickets will keep their attention as they perfect their form. At target.com.  

BAND-AID® Oh Joy! Adhesive Bandages, $3.00

Add a little flare to boo-boo's with Oh Joy!'s fun, bold designs. We can't promise the tears will stop sooner, but it's worth the try.  At target.com.

Little Tikes Fun Zone Tumbling’ Tower, $279

Turn your backyard into a formidable theme park with this do-it-all climber.  Kids can climb, spray water, throw balls, and drop buckets of water to their heart's content, sans theme park lines (and cost. and germs.)  At littletikes.com.

Fisher-Price Bubbles On-the-Go Baby Dome, $69.99

Baby can stay in the middle of the action... without being actually in the middle of the action.  Perfect for play, or close the dome when it's time for a snooze.  At buybuybaby.com.

Curious Gardner Set, $79.99

Teach your child that beautiful gardens grow from little seeds with this 30-piece kit. Your little helper can choose from child-sized tools (and wear cute gardening clothes) while they dig and plant with mom. At curiouschef.com.

Veer Cruiser, $599

The Veer Cruiser, a cross between a stroller and go-anywhere wagon, is every adventuring family’s dream. Designed for infants and beyond, this cruiser tackles all terrain, letting kids enjoy the journey while keeping them safe. At goveer.com.

Unicorn Lawn Sprinkler, $49.99

Who says unicorns aren’t real? This 6-foot inflatable unicorn-shaped sprinkler from Big Mouth Toys keeps everyone cool all summer long using just a garden hose. Plus, it can be easily deflated and stored. At target.com.

Green Toys Wagon, $24.99

No childhood is complete without a little red wagon. Green Toys Wagon is updated with 100% recycled plastic, sturdy tires for up-and-down walks (or just a quick trip to the kitchen), and room for their treasures. At greentoys.com.

Unicorn Finger Paint, $32

These washable finger paints come in six bright colors, exactly the right shade of unicorn. The creamy consistency and non-toxic ingredients means that kids and moms will be inspired to create a masterpiece or two...outside, of course.  At arcadenashville.com.

Micro Kickboard Mini 3in1 Deluxe, $119.99

Micro Kickboard's ride-on and scooter offers three different configurations as kids grow. As it transforms through each age and stage, the Mini 3-in-1 Deluxe teaches kids balance and coordination with their own set of wheels. At microkickboard.com.

Janod Magnetibook Crazy Face, $14.99

Throw it in the weekend bag and this magnetic set provides endless entertainment on-the-go.  Match faces or make your own, it’s as much for independent play as it is a conversation starter for you and your tot.  At amazon.com. 

Doddle & Co. The Pop Pacifier, $9.99

Fact of life: pacis fall out.  Another fact of life: it will inevitably happen on an airport bathroom floor.  The Pop’s unique design “pops” the nipple into a protective silicone bubble before ever touching the ground.  At doddleandco.com. 

Ju-Ju-Be Be Set, $50

These machine-washable “baglets” (as the brand calls them) come in 3 sizes that seem to meet just about every stash-away need, from an extra change of clothes for baby, a first aid kit, or even a few mom essentials.  At shop.ju-ju-be.com.  

UPPAbaby MINU, $399

Ever heard of stroller purgatory? You know, when want something less than your full-sized stroller but more than an umbrella?  Meet the MINU, the lightweight stroller that features the full-sized conveniences you’ll need to dominate your summer bucket list.  At uppababy.com. 

BuddyPhones WAVE Headphones, $79.99

Long trails are usually happy trails when a little technology is involved, and there’s no shame in that.  Keep tiny eardrums safe with volume-control headphones featuring customizable stickers, because, you know, toddlers.  At buddyphones.com.  

Tula Kids Backpack, $79

You know what they say, the better the summer adventure, the more treasures unearthed.  With magnetic closures, plenty of storage, and easy-to-clean fabrics, the Tula backpack is up to the challenge of safely storing toddler must-haves...whatever they might be that day.  At tulababy.com.  

TWELVELittle Easy Diaper Pouch, $36

Because there's nothing worse than rummaging through a jam-packed diaper bag in a restaurant bathroom with a wiggly baby pinned down to a changing station. Stash your diapering accoutrements in this grab-and-go pouch (changing pad included!) and leave the rest of the bag at the table.  At nordstrom.com.  

KidCo GoPod, $39.95

Reclaim some adult time at your next BBQ while keeping your busy babe safe and entertained in this easy to use, easy to store, easy to carry activity center.  Available at amazon.com.  

TOTOKAN Portable Monitor, $249.99

Great for on the go, the hand-held TOTOKAN portable, water-resistant baby monitor travels with you. It’s an extra pair of eyes while vacationing and is monitored from your phone. Just download the app, sync, and go. At totokan.com.

ZoLi This+That stackable snack cups, $40

Some like it hot. And some like it cold. With THIS + THAT’s insulated, stackable cups, you can have both without taking up lots of room in your overnight bag. Long car rides, days at the beach: it’s covered. At zoli-inc.com.

Baby K’tan Weekender Bag, $89.95

Packing isn’t a chore when one bag is designed to carry it all. The Weekender Diaper Bag has a built-in wipes pocket, changing pad, wet bag, and an insulated cooler pocket for bottles and baby food. Available at babyktan.com.

Hydeaway Kids Bottle, $18

Whether you’re walking to the playground or visiting Grandma cross-country, this collapsible watertight bottle belongs on your packing list. It comes in bright colors, a broad base, and folds down flat. At hydawaybottle.com.

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016, $125

This special edition coffee table book features a decade's worth of the famous photog's  portraits... and it's signed by Annie herself.   At neimanmarcus.com. 

2017 Banshee Rosé, $20

This one-of-a-kind blend tops Food & Wine’s list of rosés to drink this summer.  Head to summer soirees with a bottle, or if the occasion calls for it, splurge for a case.  For local availability, visit wine-searcher.com 

Mark & Graham Outdoor Champagne Bar Set, $79

A must-have addition for cocktails-on-the-deck,  this monogrammable set features a transparent ice bucket and stemless champagne flutes with a low center of gravity to prevent spills.    At markandgraham.com. 

SYPCOFFEE, The Perfect [X] Gift, $55

If they provide the beds, you provide the (single-origin, freshly roasted) coffee.  Choose from a set of uniquely blended sugars or a box of boozy candies to accompany the beans. At sypcoffee.com.  

August Morgan Cocktail Napkin Set, $38

Elegant linen and classic hemstitching get a modern update with cheeky slogans personalized to your host’s taste.  Straight up or on the rocks, uno mas or whino? You decide. At augustmorgan.com. 

Jonathan Adler Whiskey Rocket Decanter, $198 

In an ever-evolving world, you can’t go wrong with Jonathan Adler or whiskey.  Put them together, and it’s pure magic.  At jonathanadler.com.  

Farm to People Some Like It Hot Sampler, $35

If you host likes food with a kick, this spicy sampler features blends suitable for any meal—including dessert.  The small batch concoctions are perfect for the host-who-has-everything.  At farmtopeople.com.  

Chineasy Tiles, $89

nǐ hǎo.  Learn Chinese with this unique addition to the board game collection.  It's visually stunning, great for all ages, and the ultimate conversation starter. At chineasy.com.