Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Guest Post: Practical and Cool Summer Gear for Your Little Ones

Now that summer is upon us, we’re starting to think of fun outdoor activities for the family. This means finding the best clothing and products for keeping the little ones safe and cool during the warmer months. With hotter days looming, you’ll want to purchase garments and goods that are both appealing and practical as one small burn during childhood could double your child’s risk of melanoma later on in life. Although many suitable baby clothing pieces aren't the most hip, you can still dress him or her with style as there are an array of cool summer wear for tots. Muted and light-coloured tees, sun dresses paired with bloomers, cargo shorts, and polo shirts are just a few of the trendy clothing pieces for babies that will be popular this summer. Add cute sandals, canvas shoes, and slip-on rubber shoes in bright hues, and your small ones will look both charming and weather appropriate.

Cool and Comfy Cottons

Lightweight materials that are 100 percent cotton are the best garments for children to sport during the summer time because cotton is breathable and allows air to reach your child’s body and perspiration to evaporate rather than sticking to the skin, which can cause skin irritations. Although darker colours block the sun’s rays the best and absorb heat rather than reflect it as lighter colours tend to, you can still put your children in lighter-coloured clothing if you wash the garments in detergent with added sunscreen protection. Check out retailers like M&S for diverse cotton items that are appropriate for any playground or beach on a sunny day.

Summer Accessories

When shopping for adequate baby accessories that will not only shade your little one’s adorable face, but also the ears and back of the neck, which are areas particularly prone to sunburn, sun hats are the way to go. Opt for wide-brimmed hats made of cotton as these provide the best protection. Traditional, floppy sunhats that ties under the chin are another brilliant warm-weather accessory fit for the tiniest of sunbathers. Make sure your baby looks even more spunky with a matching pair of cute sunnies.


Stylish Beach Protection for Your Babe

Yes, there’s nothing more adorable than putting your darling little girl in a tiny, ruffled, two-piece swimming costume or your boy in adorable, little swim shorts, however, to maximize your child’s protection from the sun’s harmful rays, it’s ideal to shop for tops and bottoms that cover as much territory as possible. Don’t shy away from girly, two-piece suits just yet—children’s clothing designers have created swimming costumes like tankinis and stretchy, body-suit tops that are the perfect for children when romping in the sun. Not only do these pieces safeguard your child from the sun’s rays, they are made from quick-dry fabrics, such as nylon and Lycra, that will dry way before you get home from your water-filled excursion. Additionally, there is swimming attire that’s made with built-in sun protection called UP F. For those with toddlers who are still potty training, buy suits with built-in swim nappies. No matter the clothing you pick for your wee bundles of joy, make sure they are simple, warm-weather worthy pieces with a bit of sass.

*This is a guest post written by Ashton Meyers, a Mum and a real fashionista. Her work has been published in several parenting publications where she shares real life stories from her past and present, as well as tips and DIY crafts.

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