Everyone knows that staying inside during peak hours is the best way to prevent sunburn. However, when you have kids, it is hard to avoid the outdoors from the hours of 10 AM to 3 PM. Finding a natural sunscreen can be hard and applying (and re-applying) can be even harder with wiggling little ones.
So how can you naturally protect kids from the sun without sunscreen? Here are my 5 simple tips.
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In my last post, I compared some of the more popular natural brands of sunscreen. However, I know there are lots of people who would prefer to avoid sunscreen altogether.
I like to limit the amount of times I need to use sunscreen because it saves money and I feel that there are times when it is not absolutely necessary. So I’ve developed a few ways to get around using sunscreen while still protecting my little guys from the harmful UV rays.
A good hat
Now this seems like an easy one… and it is! However, I like to choose a lightweight, breathable hat that has a way to secure it. My boys DO NOT like to wear anything on their heads. I have to have something that can be tightly secured so that it cannot be pulled off.
For my toddler, I like a wide brimmed safari hat similar to this one on Amazon:
For my littlest one, I love cotton bonnets. I bought this one from a lovely local mama-owned shop: Locally Raised Little Ones . They are a specialty curated pop-up-shop that offers some wonderful hand-picked items that you won’t find in major shops. Learn more here about them on the Locally Raised Little Ones website. This bonnet is a collaboration between Petite Soul and Winter Water Factory called High Seas in navy.
A UV resistant umbrella
Beach umbrellas are great, but you do want to find a quality UV resistant umbrella. We don’t just use our umbrella for the beach, either. When we are at home, I anchor it in our yard above my son’s water table so that he is shaded. We take it along on outings to the park, playdates, and of course to the pool.
This umbrella is durable and has a great chrome tilt function.
An open air tent
Also another great option for the beach and at home. An open air tent is wonderful to take along when you will be laying a little one down for a nap. It provides a cool, quiet place that is out of the sun. We plan on buying one for out summer adventures and this one looks like it is lightweight, packs up into a convenient backpack, sets up quickly and is sun/wind resistant.
Rash guards/full coverage swimsuits
As a fair person myself, I know that one of the first places I burn is my shoulders. Every year I get a good burn at least once on them. That’s why I always get a rash guard for my kids. It protects many of the places that often get burnt first.
There a few options when it comes to swim coverage. For my boys, I normally get them swim trunks and one of these t-shirt type rash guards.
While I was searching, I came across this adorable swim set complete with hat, rash guard, and ruffled bottom for baby/toddler girls. Super cute!
A more full coverage option for toddlers is this one piece suit. Though I’m a little hesitant to buy anything one-piece during the potty training days. It spells disaster for us!
A covered wagon
We absolutely love our red Radio Flyer wagon, especially with the sun shade attachment! It has cup holders, seat belts, high backed seats, and all terrain tires that make going anywhere a breeze. Every night we go on walks and our toddler walks for a little while, but he always ends up jumping in the wagon with his brother when he gets tired.
While I am sure there are many other ways out there, these are my five practical sun-safe choices. Do you have anything to add to the list? Any favorite ways to stay safe in the sun? Please let me know in the comments below!!