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10 Ways Beyond Sunscreen to Protect Kiddos from the Sun

Beach days and barbecues are some of our favorite things about summertime. Chances are, your kids love the extra opportunities to get outside and enjoy those longer days. But before you pack up those pool toys or send them away to camp, you better start thinking about sun protection. You’ve stocked up on great products for yourself, but young skin is especially susceptible to the strong rays of the sun, and serious protection is in order. We’ve got you covered with the 10 top-rated products for little ones. From hooded towels that provide a little extra shade to the top sunscreens to slather on this season, these essentials are must-haves.


1. Honest SPF 30 Sunscreen ($14): This brand from famous mom Jessica Alba has quickly grown to be one of the most trusted by parents. You can’t go wrong with mineral sun protection that’s effective for 80 minutes and contains no synthetic chemical sunscreens.

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2. Solartex Rash Guard Swim Shirt ($26): Boys have the luxury of going shirtless on the beach, but parents who want to pack some extra sun protection should reach for a swim shirt. This one stands up to saltwater and chlorine and blocks more than 98 percent of harmful rays.

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3. SwimZip Long-Sleeve Swim Set ($30): The longest beach days call for long sleeves, and this set delivers super cute protection. Your kids will love the trendy stripes and the quick-dry material.

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4. Kiss My Face Sport ($15): For kids on the go, this sunscreen battles sweat and water to maintain an even level of protection. Add the light coconut scent, cucumber extract, chamomile and vitamin E that nourishes skin while it protects and you’ve got a real winner.

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5. Girls Frill Sun Suit ($46): Full coverage plus a precious ballerina frill? Sign us up. This suit is versatile and comfy enough for everything from beaches and pools to splash pads and water parks.

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6. SwimZip Sun Hat ($20): Sunscreen is great, but extra protection requires some additional gear. This hat is so breezy your kids won’t even notice they’re wearing it, but you can be relaxed knowing that the sunscreen has some backup.

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7. Babyganics 50+SPF Spray Sunscreen ($13): Not only is this sunscreen pediatrician-recommended for your little ones, but the spray application makes your next day at the beach totally dreamy.

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8. SwimZip Fedora ($24): A bucket hat is nothing short of precious on a toddler, but for the kids with serious style, a fedora is in order. This unisex fedora does double duty to shade the face and protect the top of the head from harmful rays.

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9. Hooded Beach Towel ($35): No matter how powerful your SPF, there’s nothing like catching a little shade. Give your kids a rest from the sun on their next swim break with a full-coverage hooded beach towel.

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10. SwimZip Ruffle Swimsuit ($30): We adore ruffles, but it’s the functionality of this two-piece swimsuit that puts it over the top. It zips up the front to make it easy to pull on and off, even when wet. The SPF-50 protection material and the short sleeves provides even more peace of mind for parents.

How do you protect your little ones from the sun? Let us know in the comments below.

Hannah Schmitt
Hannah is the managing editor at MetroFamily Magazine in Oklahoma City but her favorite jobs are the ones done at home: loving on her husband and dog, sprucing up the house and entertaining family and friends.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*