All the cool blogs do product round-ups from time to time, and Collin felt like his should be no exception. So here are Collin's top 5 must-haves for summer:
1. Because he's so sensitive to light, Collin doesn't go anywhere without his Julbo sunglasses. They stay on his head without needing a strap, but they don't squeeze or hurt. They have no right-side-up, which simplifies things for the younger crowd, and they look very, very cool. Thirty-plus dollars seems like a lot to spend on sunglasses for a 3 year-old, but they have been worth every penny (of Nana and Grandad's money - thanks guys!). We've been using the heck out of them for 3 months and they still look like new.
2. Another thing that goes everywhere with us is Collin's iPad. It's great for afternoons that are too hot to be outside and makes his stander time or tummy time more bearable. His favorite app currently is called Baby Rattle - 123. Personally, I think it's pretty freaky. The music is weird and ominous and it makes outer-space noises when it switches screens. Whenever Collin touches the screen, another number appears (sequentially, from 1 to 10) and a very serious, echoey female voice says the number. When he gets to 10, he gets a round of applause. All the while, a picture of a sun bounces slowly around the screen. Bizarre. But Collin loves it. Loves. It.
3. We've got to protect that strawberries-and-cream complexion, but we live close to one of the more awesome pools on the face of the earth and Collin is a water baby, so we use a lot of Kiss My Face SPF 30 Sun Spray Oil. Nearly every sunscreen we've ever tried has made Collin break out in a nasty-looking rash, but this one is gentle and natural enough that we've had no problems at all. And since it's oil-based, we don't have to worry about it interfering with his ketogenic diet if he absorbs it through his skin (that really does happen).
4. One of our best buys this year (and maybe ever) was this camp chair that I found in the Walgreens seasonal aisle for $9.99. With Collin's low tone, it is extremely difficult to find good seating options for him, especially options that are easy to transport. He sits wonderfully in this little beauty - it has just enough of a bucket seat and just enough head support to keep him in a good position for a reasonable period of time. And all we have to do is fold it up, stick it in its carrying bag, and throw it over our shoulder.
5. If you ask Collin, no summer is complete without muscle tees. And you can see why. Check out those guns. If you've got it, flaunt it, right?