Summertime is here! In fact, we can smell it in the air! Long days at the beach, jumping in and out of the surf. Lying back on the sand and soak up the sun, while the kids keep busy building sandcastles to the sky. Sounds divine, right? But, of course, it comes with a lot of worry too. Are the kids protected enough? Is their sunscreen safe? Will their hat protect them? These are all the questions you don’t want to be asking while trying to enjoy a fun family day at the beach. That’s why, we have done all the research to help out you out. From chemical free sunscreens that are gentle on their skin, to swimwear that actually covers them and hats that keep them protected while wet, here is our round up of the must-haves your for next day in the sun.
Summer Essentials - Chemical Free Sunscreens, Best Swimmers & Waterproof Hats
It’s no secret that most of us parents worry from time to time about the products we use with our kids. Sunscreen can be a big concern, full of nasty chemicals that enter into the blood stream. This is something we all hope to avoid! Here are two amazing sunscreens that are both gentle on your child’s skin and free of those nasty toxins.
The Kind Sunscreen: this one is kind for skin, kind for the environment and kind for everyone. What’s not to love! This mineral-based sunscreen is all natural and creates a barrier against those harmful rays. It contains just nine ingredients – none of which are chemicals. It’s not only kind for your skin, but also kind to the ocean you are swimming in. Plus, it can be used on mums, dads, pregnant mums, babies and kids. Just throw it in with the rest of the stuff and you’re good to go!
Little Innoscents Sun Lotion: if you haven’t heard of this brand then you are in for a treat. They do so much more than just sunscreen! This particular product has been designed for the kids. It provides SPF30 protection with water resistance for up to four hours. It’s a natural, mineral-based option with soothing Vitamin E, Organic Green Tea, Cucumber and Rosehip extract. What a treat!
It’s a common dilemma in the parenting world. Finding that balance between adorably cute swimmers that also provide the right sun protection for your little ones and/or are good for the environment. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. We have found two gorgeous brands that offer you both – happy shopping!
Olga Valentine Swimwear: first thing is first, this stunning brand caters to both girls and boys, so get excited! Their sustainable swimwear is both good for your child and good for the Earth. They are sustainably crafted from regenerated fabrics, such as fishing nets, into high quality products that are twice as resistant to chlorine, fading, sunscreens and oils than other fabrics. What more could you ask for?! They have a range of sun safe long sleeve sets for girls and boys, along with the bikini and short-sleeve options. Plenty of choice for you to browse.
Infamous Swim: before I even get started on this range, there is something you need to know. This amazing brand does ‘Mum and Me’ matching sets! They are so adorably cute, you won’t be able to help yourself. This brand is on a mission to help every woman and girl love the skin they are in. All their garments are designed to flatter all sizes, so you can wear them while nursing, post-partum and beyond. They have a range of gorgeous designs to choose from with long sleep options for the minis to keep them nice and protected.
The final piece of the beach puzzle – a hat that your children will actually keep on for the entire day! This does seem like an impossible feat (we all know what kids are like). We have gone on the hunt and found two amazing brands we think you will love – we do!
Bedhead Hats: this family run business has everything you need in the world of hats, along with adorably cute designs! They have hats small enough to fit those tiny newborn heads, going up in size so you can find the perfect fit for your child. The better the fit, the more likely they are to keep it on. All their hats come with drawstrings to fasten to little heads, with a range of designs to choose from. Their swim hats are UPF50+ with a specially designed anti-fop brim – so it won’t get in their faces while playing. They even have a hole for ponytails to fit through. Each one is chlorine resistant and quick dry. Perfect for a day at the beach.
Ocean Tales: these adorable hats at Ocean Tales come in two sizes for ages one to six years. The small hat comes with a toggler to keep it fastened to little heads, while the bigger one goes without. They are chlorine resistance, super soft and comfortable and great shape retention. This Mum, Daughter and Aunty team has really created a great product that will keep on giving. They also have a range of swimwear you can check out.