As the temperature rises, more and more Americans are headed outside to take full advantage of all that the season brings. Whether you're barbequing on the beach or lounging by the pool, the last thing you're probably thinking about are all of the hidden dangers lurking in your everyday activities. But if you're a parent, especially if you're a parent of a small child, there's a lot to consider before you embark on your summer adventures. These seven summer baby dangers to be aware of are just a few of the issues that might arise.
When I was a brand new parent, I was at once full of misplaced hubris and worried out of my mind. I thought I knew about all of the potential dangers, and therefore worried about those obsessively. As it turns out, a lot of the things that freaked me out (scabies, detergent allergies, listeria from ice cream trucks) weren't that common. Instead, other dangers, like how to shield your infant from the sun and how and when to apply which bug repellant, were far more pressing in terms of their importance. Like most things in parenting, what you think is a big deal, in reality, is usually somewhere at the bottom of the list of worries. (I'm still dubious about the ice cream thing, though.)