Be Prepared With This Complete Summer Checklist for Toddlers

Summer is a time for splashing in the water, soaking up the sun, and listening little ones squeal with delight. Whether you are hanging out in your own backyard, taking a trip to the pool, or packing for a vacation, summertime means remembering extra essentials for the kids. Be prepared for any scenario with this complete summer checklist for toddlers.

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Summer Checklist for Toddlers:


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Beach Bag
Are you wondering how you are going to carry all of this extra gear? Yeah, me too. The person who invented this beach bag must be a parent because they included a cooler section with a zipper at the bottom — swoon.

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Kiddie Pool
On a hot day, it’s hard to beat a lukewarm kiddie pool. Toddlers love splashing in the water to cool off.


summer beach towelBeach Towels
Remember how fun it was to wrap up in a sun-toasted, oversized beach towel after a long day in the water? This is a must-have on the summer checklist for toddlers.


swimming essentials for toddlers

Beach Toys
Does it make a mess? Perfect! Toddlers love playing with messy toys in the sand or water. I love that this beach toy bag comes with a mesh-bottom bag, to make for an easy clean up.

summer flip flops for kids

Flip flops
These flip flops are perfect for keeping feet clean(ish) in the water or on land. I love that they have a strap because – toddlers.

Keep your little one protected from the sun with this sunblock, if you can keep your little one still long enough. See the next item for bribery.


summer floppy hat for kids

Floppy Hat
Protect your little one’s face with this hat. Plus I like this one because of the flaps and it’s made with protect fabric (upf 50) so you can make sure your little one doesn’t get too much sun.

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Splash Mat

This splash mat is a blast and can provide hours of entertainment. My kids love the thrill of running through the chilly water on a hot, sunny day.


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summer bubbles for toddlersBubbles
Kids love chasing bubbles. I know my little one can last for-ev-er running after bubbles.



summer swim wings for toddlersSwim Wings
These swim wings are a must when we are playing at the beach or pool. You can never be too safe when you have little ones near water.

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Beach Tent
Sometimes, kids need a little shade or to take a rest under somewhere cool – enter this easy to carry beach tent.



summer sidewalk chalk for toddlers

My toddlers love playing with sidewalk chalk to make mini masterpieces.

summer activities for toddlers

What is a must-have item on the summer checklist for toddlers in your home?

P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like How to Easily Plan Super Fun Family Vacations, including a free printable packing list for the whole family.