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