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5 Fun and Simple Things to Do with Babies This Summer (and a Chance to Win!)

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I am so excited that summer is here, and one of the reasons is that my youngest son -- just 19 months -- is such an outside boy!  He loves being out in our large yard, and keeping him happy is so much easier when he has outside activities to do.



So what do I recommend for a busy baby or toddler who likes to explore?

1. Sand box.  We have a simple sandbox full of sand, toys, shovels, cars, and cups.  He will play in there all day if I let him.  I keep it safe by putting a baby gate around it so that he doesn't wander off or get into it when I'm not looking.



2. Puddle splashes.  There's nothing more adorable than a muddy baby!  Letting your little one splash in a freshly fallen rain puddle is so much more exciting than a bath, and some warm squishy mud between toes can be the perfect sensory experience for baby.

3. Bubbles.  Letting an older sibling or mom entertain baby with a bunch of non-toxic bubbles is a lesson in physics and fun!  See if you can count the bubbles before they pop!

4.  Kick a ball.  Babies at this age are just starting to get their coordination in check so that they can throw and roll a ball.  Adding "kick" to their skills will take some work, but they love the feeling of accomplishment when they get the job done.  Choose a big bouncy ball instead of a harder soccer or kickball to give them a better shot of making contact.



5.  Swing.  A ride on a baby swing can help little ones overcome their fear of heights and help them learn to trust you, too.  My son loves being on the swing between his two brothers while they are swinging, too!



All of this requires some planning, but not too much.  We can spend all day outside with some snacks, beverages, and a good stash of diapers and wipes.  In fact, that's where Babies "R" us can come in!

Did you know that there is an exciting in-store promotion going on to keep you outside playing longer and help your budget, too?

For example, from June 1 - June 30, you can get:

  • $5 off LUVS Value Boxes of Diapers (Regularly $35.99)
  • $9.99 Pampers Splashers
  • $19.99 Pampers Value Boxes of Wipes (Regularly $23.99)
  • Free Dreft Stain Remover, 22 oz., with the purchase of any Dreft Laundry Detergent 100 oz.

Looking for more tips and opportunities to save?  Be sure to join Babies "R" Us for a Twitter Chat, Tuesday, June 9th, at 12 noon CST. Use hashtag #BabysBigSummer to follow along!




Wanna Win? We are giving one lucky reader a fun prize pack like the one Proctor and Gamble sent us to help baby have the perfect summer!  One winner will receive:

  • $50 Babies "R" Us Giftcard
  • Pampers wipes
  • Dreft pen
  • Crayola Chalk
  • Melissa and Doug Happy Giddy Pail 

To be entered to win, just use the form below.  You have until June 3rd at 11:59 pm EST to get your entries in. Open to U.S. residents 18+ only. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Samples received. Opinions are my own.

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79 comments

  1. If I win, I will use it for my family! Thanks for the chance!

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  2. I would give it to my brother to use for my niece.

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  3. If I would I would use this with my daughters.

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  4. I recently had our third daughter this year. I would use it for my new addition.

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  5. I will enjoy the prize pack with my kids.

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  6. I would keep the prize and it it for my family.

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  7. I would have to give this cut little prize pack to my little nephew, he would love the pail and the chalk.

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  8. My sister would use these awesome prize pack for my cute 2 year old nephew!

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  9. I would keep the prize for myself. I have a 5 year old who would enjoy the chalk and I'm expecting a new baby in September.

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  10. My 2 kids would use this if I won.

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  11. My 2 daughters would use this outside this summer.

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  12. If I won, i will give these to my coworker who just had a baby

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. I would give to my grandbabies. I know they would enjoy.

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  14. This would be for my little great-niece.

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  15. I would use this for my twins!

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  16. I would use this with my 2 youngest kiddos :)

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  17. I would use this when my new baby comes. Thanks

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  18. I know my 1 year old son would claim the bucket and my 3 year old daughter would claim the chalk. I think they'd leave the rest for me. :)

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  19. I would give this to my friend who is having twins this summer.

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  20. I would give this to my friend Jen. She recently had her first baby.

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  21. This is for the grandchildren.

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  22. If I won, I'd send to my cousin who just had her first baby a month ago. Thank you for the chance

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  23. I would share with my brother for my nephew.

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  24. I would use this for my grandsons!

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  25. I would love to share this with a friend.

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  26. My daughter would use this if I won! :)

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  27. I would use this for my first grand baby we are having this fall!

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  28. this would be for my youngest granddaughter.

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  29. If I won this one I would give it to someone I know in need.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  30. If I won I would use it, thanks.

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  31. Would love to win this for my 10 month old. :-)

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  32. My little nephew would get it
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  33. I would be using it for our family. Our youngest has autism and loves chalk!!

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  34. My goddaughter would love this.

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  35. This would be for my little girl if I win!

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  36. I would give this to my friend who is having her first little one in a few days
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  37. I'm expecting my third baby after a 16 year gap, so I could use this.

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  38. This would be for my niece if I were to win :-)

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  39. my two little girls would love this!!

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  41. I have 2 kids in diapers so it would go for me and my family

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  42. It would be for my 1 yr old granddaughter. That pail is so cute! Thank you for the chance :)

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  43. I would give the prize pack to my daughter.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  44. I would use this with my two youngest boys!

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  45. I would give it to my friend's daughter who is expecting her first child.

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  46. My granddaughters could use this.

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  47. I would use the money to buy my nephew some gifts!

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  48. I would give this as baby shower gift.

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  49. If I won this would be a baby shower gift

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  50. I have a few friends currently pregnant; this would be great for them!

    lauren becker

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  51. I would give this as a baby shower gift to my friend!

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  52. I would give it to my friend who is pregnant.

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  53. I would keep it and use it for my daughter!

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  54. I'd give this to my sister in law.

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  55. If I won I'd enjoy using the chalk with my younger sister and the rest I'd save for our first baby due in January!

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  56. This would be for my youngest daughter.

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  57. I would give this to my niece.

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  58. I like taking photographs, so this is a keeper for me.

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  59. I would save this to use for our first little one!

    Carly D.

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  60. I have a friend who would love to have this package

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  61. My friend's granddaughter could really use this.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  62. My daughter would use it so cute

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  63. My sister in law would use it for her new baby

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  64. I would use this on my son.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  65. There is a little for all of us in the prize pack. ;)

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