We've had a few really warm, pretty days lately, and it's been so fun to spend some time outside with my little boy! I am sooooooo ready for summer! Every summer, I have a huge bucket list of ALL the things I want to do with my husband and our little boy! And this summer is no different! I'm starting to think of all of the fun things I want to do and places I want to go! Beaches, outdoor concerts, lakes, baseball games, local parks, bike rides, swimming pools, national parks, family-friendly hiking trails, and the list goes on and on.
Planning these fun summer outings is definitely more complicated when you have kiddos. You can't just grab your sunglasses and favorite pair of sandals and walk out the door. You have to plan around naptimes and bedtimes, pack extra clothes and diapers (or undies if your kiddo is potty trained), snacks, and more. But I also have to say that these summer excursions are SO much more fun when you get to experience them with a little one. I love planning summer outings with my little boy because everything is so much fun, and it's so new and exciting to him! So even though it might require a little bit more planning and packing, it is so, so worth it!
One of my absolute favorite days of summer is the fourth of July! When I was growing up, we always went to a huge fireworks show the night before the fourth of July, and then we got together with friends and family on the fourth of July for food, fireworks, and fun. My family is very patriotic, so the fourth of July is a BIG deal! And of course, one of the most important parts of any fourth of July celebration is the fireworks! But do you know how loud fireworks are? Depending on how they're made, fireworks often exceed 150 decibels and some even reach 175 decibels! The World Health Organization recommends that adults not be exposed to more than 140 decibels, and they recommend that children not be exposed to more than 120 decibels. Exposure to loud sounds can result in temporary hearing loss, ringing in the ears, or permanent hearing loss that cannot be restored.
Hearing loss is a much bigger problem than I thought! One in eight people in the United States (30 million) who are twelve years old or older has hearing loss in both ears. And according to an article published in The New York Times, an infant might perceive sound as 20 decibels louder due to the fact that their ear canals are so much smaller than an older child’s or an adult’s ear canal. So it's especially important to protect our little one's ears!
Obviously, I don't want to miss out on any of my family's fourth of July celebrations (and I'm guessing you don't either), so what can we do? Ear protection! BANZ Infant Earmuffs and BANZ Kids Earmuffs are designed specifically for your kiddos’ sensitive ears, and don't allow volume to exceed 75 decibels (the recommended safe level), keeping your child safe from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). And I especially love that BANZ earmuffs protect your little one's ears without shutting out ambient noises, so they will be protected and still be able to hear your voice and be part of the party!