1. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., sunlight is most intense. If you are outside during the hottest part of the day, try to stay in the shade. Dress baby in a hat, UVA-blocking infant sunglasses, and clothing made of lightweight, tightly woven fabric or sun-proof material.
4. To avoid bugs, try using mosquito netting to cover baby’s stroller or play area. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using bug repellent on babies 2 months and older, but avoid the baby’s face. Use a spray with a DEET concentration of 30 percent or less. Unlike sunscreen, products containing DEET should not be reapplied.
5. Be careful when allowing your baby to play in the grass. Most babies love to put anything they can reach into their mouth, so know what poisonous plants look like. If your yard has been fertilized or treated, kids should stay off it for 24 hours after it has been exposed to at least a quarter inch of rain.
6. Along with the extra clothes, snacks and toys in your diaper bag, include a first aid kit. Remember to include adhesive bandages, antibacterial spray or wipes, gauze pads and tape, hydrocortisone cream, triple antibiotic ointment, and infant Tylenol or Motrin.