How many times have you gone to the playground in the summer, only to be surprised that the sprinklers are turned on (I’m looking in your direction, moms I met yesterday at Chevy Chase playground!). It certainly happens here in DC often enough – DPR has set summer hours and dates for the spray parks, but no one seems to actually follow them. Don’t be that mom with the toddler staring longingly at the other kids cooling off in the water – keep a bag of supplies in the trunk of your car or in the bottom of your stroller at all times. You never know when it will be time to have some sprinkler fun!
Here’s what I always have in my summer fun bag – keep in mind, I’ve got 2 kids, so my bag has 2x the supplies!:
2 towels for drying off after. Even with all this heat, the water is chilly, and the kiddos can get cold at the end.
2 diapers – regular – not swim (both for Violet, Cam doesn’t wear them) I only bother using swim diapers for actual swimming. They are expensive, and for sprinkler play I just leave Violet in a regular diaper then change her out after.
2 Rash Guards (optional) – one for each kid. This way you can just take off their shirts, put on the rash guards, and let them go.
2 changes of clothes – one for each kid. If I am feeling really lazy, I’ll just let the kids go in in their existing outfits, then change them after. There is really no need for full on swim attire – you can skip the rash guards if you don’t have them / don’t want to bother.
It’s not exactly rocket science, I know – but so many times I hear parents saying at the park “You can’t go in because I didn’t bring your swimsuit.” With just a little preparation – you will always be ready! Just be sure to replenish your summer fun bag when you get home so next time it is ready with fresh supplies.