BEACHWEAR ESSENTIALS

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Summer Holidays -

1. A HAT SHE’LL KEEP ON

Get a re­versible hat for your lit­tle one, and give her the choice of which side she’d like to have on show. Giv­ing her a choice means she’s far less likely to re­ject the idea al­to­gether. Opt for a hat that has a wide brim and is rated UPF50+ for great sun pro­tec­tion. One with Vel­cro al­lows for good ad­just­ment, too.

2. COMFY SUNGLASSES

Ba­bies will find the glare from the sand and sea un­com­fort­able on a sunny day, so go for a pair of sun­nies that will pro­tect her from both UVA and UVB rays – po­larised ver­sions of­fer the best pro­tec­tion. Sunglasses with flex­i­ble arms and ad­justable straps are best for keep­ing them on lit­tle faces – the more comfy they are, the more likely she’ll be to keep them on.

3. SUN-PRO­TEC­TION SUIT

When you’re choos­ing a sun suit, en­sure it of­fers at least UPF40 pro­tec­tion. Also con­sider how it will pro­tect her from abra­sive sand. So, if she’s crawl­ing, make sure it reaches be­low her knees. If she has sen­si­tive or eczema-prone skin, then a suit with long sleeves and full-length legs is a good choice. For ba­bies un­der six months, whose skin is still too sen­si­tive to wear sunscreen, a full-body UV suit is a must.

4. BEACH SHOES

While it’s lovely for lit­tle ones to feel the sand be­tween their toes, it can be too hot for tiny feet to wan­der any dis­tance, and shells may be sharp. A pair of neo­prene or aqua shoes slip on eas­ily, and are avail­able from age 0-six months.

Pump­kin Patch baby boys printed sunglasses, $16.99

Cancer Coun­cil girls ‘Sou’wester’ hat, $37.95

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