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Aug 01, 2018

Our Beach & Sun Protection Essentials for Kids

Fun in the sun typically equates to lots of water time, especially when kids are involved! From pools to the beach, and splash pads to backyard fun, we’ve rounded up our playtime must haves and sun protection essentials for kids to help them enjoy a quintessential part of summer!

Sun Protection Essentials for Kids
Photo via Mac & Mia and Amber Fillerup 

1. For serious sun and water time, a proper swimsuit is a must! We tend to go for rash guards as they offer more protection from the sun, but you should always try to find a swimsuit that has UV protection. One of our favorite brands is Appman’s– SPF, rash guards and cute designs… check, check, check! We’ve also had some luck at our go to stores like Target, H&M and Old Navy! Just be sure to read the tags for SPF coverage, because some have SPF and some do not! And for all you girl moms out there that love to match with your little ones, be sure to check out the Mac and Mia x Summersalt matching collab! The collection features the cutest suits for both mom and baby girl! And if you’re pregnant or nursing, don’t fret! Our go-to maternity brand Boob has super flattering suits that also offer UV protection.

2. Eye protection is also something to consider when playing at the beach or with a water table in the back yard. If you’ve got an active baby, you may want to check out Real Kid Shades – they have 100% UVA/UVB protection and their elastic wraparound frame ensures they won’t be coming off. If your little one enjoys wearing accessories, check out Babiators and The Daydream Republic for more stylish options.

3. Speaking of accessories, hats are another must have for babies and kids. There are countless options out there! But some of our favorite brands are iPlay (we love that some of their styles include coverage for the back of their necks!), Tuga, and Sun Busters.

4. Another summer must? You guessed it – sunscreen! We prefer mineral sunscreens for our little ones – it provides more protection and doesn’t contain some of the harsh chemicals other sunscreens have. Our go to brands are Thinkbaby, Babyganics and California Baby. If you’re unsure about the safety of ingredients in your kids’ sunscreen, you can always do a quick search on the EWG Skin Deep database to check its score.

Sun Protection Essentials for Kids
Photo by Allison Bernier

5. Having a place for your kid to rest
is a must, especially ff you’re heading to the beach, lake or river! And if your little ones are anything like ours, they need their OWN towel or chair. We love this chair/umbrella combo from Heritage Kids and the cute animal options from Melissa and Doug! Chances are your kid will want a towel with their favorite super hero or cartoon character, but if they’re willing to let you pick, check out these cute designs with pineapples, donuts, sharks and stripes.

What are your favorite ways to protect and play with your kids in the summer?! 

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