6 essentials for long summer days and nights

Summer is fleeting, so I get why you’d want to jam as much fun in as you can, while you can. These products are great for those days when you spend hours at the local pool or for those backyard family get-togethers that seem to linger on and on into the night.

Pool

Bumkins Reusable Swim Diapers

Soggy, regular diapers are a big no-no at most public pools. In the case of a No. 2, they just won’t hold up. And really, you do NOT want to be the mom of the kid who shuts down the pool due to poop. Going commando isn’t an option either, so what is a little fishy to do? Swim diapers are made for this very reason. They’re more comfy, more sanitary and, as is the case with these reusable ones from Bumkins, come in super cute patterns.

$12.95

DaphDaph Giggly Goggles

A good pair of goggles is a must, whether you’re a serious swimmer or a beginner. And if you have a kid who likes to stand out, boring, standard goggles just won’t do. DaphDaph goggles resemble superhero masks and can be personalized with your child’s name on it. They’re soft and comfy, too. They won’t pinch noses or pull hair. I can totally picture a masquerade summer pool party, can’t you?

$25

Edwin the Duck

Turn your pool party into a dance party with this adorable “smart duck.” Edwin is a waterproof, dirt-proof learning toy that features a bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker. Kids will love hanging out with him next to the pool while he streams their favorite summer jams.

$99.95

California Baby Swimmer’s Defense Shampoo & Bodywash and Conditioner

A long day of swimming zaps moisture out of skin and hair. The new Swimmer’s Defense line from California Baby replenishes and rebalances pH levels (i.e., it helps reverse the damage from copper in the water, which is what gives your hair that yucky greenish tint.) It’s gentle enough for everyday use and won’t burn little eyes.

$11.79 each

Backyard

Crayola Neon 3D Chalk Set

You’ll be hard pressed not to find a chalk drawing on almost every sidewalk you pass this summer. But the attention-grabbing colors in the new neon set from Crayola guarantees your kids’ will be most talked about. Create your masterpieces and then throw on the 3D glasses for some extra-special views.

And because Crayola is synonymous with childhood creativity, be sure to check out their other new outdoor products, including Special FX Neon Glitter chalk, the Squeeze N Paint Tool Set and the Color Your Heroes sets featuring Captain America, Frozen and Finding Dory.

$4.99

Babyganics Natural Insect Repellent Spray

No need to rush inside at dusk anymore. Your littles (and you) will be safe from itchy bumps with this natural blend of essential oils. The smell is repulsive to gnats, flies and those pesky mosquitos, and the non-toxic, DEET-free formula is safe to reapply as often as necessary. So your backyard barbecue can continue right up ‘til bedtime.

$16.99 (combo pack with Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 Spray)

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