Baby sun safety – a guide to keeping your little ones safe in the sun

I think that as parents, baby sun safety is something that we all worry about. There really is nothing better than seeing your children out in the summer sun, but of course we want to keep them well protected too. There are several very easy things you can do to keep your little ones safe in the sun.

Use suncream, hats and glasses. Make sure the suncream you use is in date and offers a high level of UV and SPF protection. Personally, I like to use SPF 50 on my little ones, especially very young children.   Ensure you use a good layer of suncream too, don’t be stingy when it comes to sun safety! Reapply after children have been in the water, even if using a water resistant cream. Suncream isn’t recommended by babies under 6 months old so please make sure they are kept completely in the shade or covered at all times.

Keep babies in the shade at all times

Keep babies in the shade at all times

Ensure your children wear hats at all times (easier said than done I know, but do persevere) and if possible, a pair of good sunglasses can protect young eyes.

Keep out of the sun during the hottest part of the day eg from 12-3pm. This doesn’t mean you need to go inside, but for ultimate sun safety, move out of the sun and into the shade. It’s a great excuse to sit and have a picnic (don’t forget to take a blanket with you!), play a game or even take an afternoon nap.

Use a buggy sunshade. It’s so easy to forget about the little ones in pushchairs, as you can be so focused on making sure older children are well covered and playing sensibly. Even with a large protective hood, babies can be exposed to the sun, so it’s important they are covered too. Using a good quality buggy sunshade that offers not only UV protection but a shady place to rest too is a must. Choose one that’s easy to store, quick to throw over the pushchair, and watch out for multipurpose options that can double up as blankets and changing mats too!  Make sure your buggy sunshade or UV clothing boasts UPF 50+ (which blocks 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays) anything less isn’t giving your little ones the protection they need.

A good buggy sunshade like the BundleBean Solar and good pair of sunglasses are recommended

A good buggy sunshade like the BundleBean Solar and good pair of sunglasses are recommended

Drink, drink, drink! This applies to all ages – parents too! I am always making sure my children drink enough but often forget to take my own advice and end up feeling headachey and tired by the middle of the day. Keep a bottle of water in the pushchair, another in the picnic bag and another somewhere else too, so that no matter where you are and what you are doing, there is always a bottle of water handy to keep sipping at. Sun safety isn’t just about protecting your skin, it’s about keeping the rest of your body hydrated and in top form too!

Most importantly of all, don’t forget to get out there any enjoy yourself in the sun!  We all benefit hugely from being out in lovely weather and if you make sure you follow a few basic rules of baby sun safety there is no reason not to have fun in the sun with your whole family!

Cover up little ones with UPF 50+ fabrics

Cover up little ones with UPF 50+ fabrics

BundleBean Solar

We developed the BundleBean Solar in response to customer demand for a product that would provide the maximum sun protection without blocking little ones’ view of the world and their parents.  When used in conjuction with a buggy hood, sun hat and/or suncream for older children – it provides you with total peace of mind that your little one is safe in the sun and benefiting from incidental vitamin D exposure.  It is made of a specially woven fabric that wicks away moisture and allows air flow to help keep baby cool and comfortable.  It also come with a hooded beach towel that can be attached to the top layer for a cosy softness and warmth if needed. A beach essential!

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