When it’s hot outside and the sun is shining, everyone wants to wear the lightest, most comfortable clothes possible. That goes for kids, too! But since their skin and eyes are particularly sensitive to the sun, it’s even more important to dress them appropriately. Luckily, more and more sun protection clothing made from fabric treated to absorb UV rays has become available on the market over the past few years.
Keep your kids comfortable and protect them from the sun with these four allies:
My experience as a stepmother has taught me that kids are more likely to wear a hat they’ve chosen themselves. Hats with a wide brim protect little ones’ eyes and the sensitive skin on their face, but also help them avoid sunburn on their scalp and neck.
A woven cotton hat is a good option, but nylon and spandex versions are light, dry fast, and are super comfy, too. Some even provide UV protection!
Tip: choose a machine-washable hat that you can fold for easy transportation.
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Clothes are better shields than sunscreen. Plus, the tighter a fabric is woven, the better it is at protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. When you hold the fabric up to the light, you should be able to see very little through it. On the other hand, clothing with holes, that is stretched out, wet, or too tight is much less effective. So dress your kids in loose, opaque clothing… or make sure they wear sunscreen!
If the kids are heading out for a swim, sunscreen is a must. For maximum protection and to avoid having to lather it on every couple of hours, several parents have turned to long sleeve swimwear that covers up to the elbows and knees. The most effective versions have UV 50 protection, which means the fabric blocks 97% of UV rays.