The times they are a changing and I love that we have finally stopped waving the helicopter parenting flag over mums and dads who chose to up the stakes in skin damage protection and raise their keeping toddlers safe in the sun game. It’s now perfectly acceptable to dress your children in sun protection suits to give them the added much-needed cover and that rocks!
Once upon a time what you could buy was quite limited (I’m talking 16 years ago when I was a young whipper-snapper of a mum to my now hulking great teenager.) I think I had one top which was quite thin and I doubt did much to stop the sun’s harmful rays filtering, it’s only comparing what’s available now that I can see how far they’ve come on.
And as we’ve always spent lots of time at the beach, I’ve invested in a sun safe top each year for my boys. We keep the lotion topped up too but when they’re in and out the water, it’s much easier keeping shoulders and backs covered with clothing than it is for me to be running after them yelling “sun screen” like a woman possessed every time a bit of skin’s on show. I know how painful sun burnt is being a freckled Frieda that once upon a time thought baby oil was an amazing sun tan enhancer. <stupid, pink teenager that I was>
This year The Toddler will be sporting a super cute long sleeved top and shorts combo from Frugi. This sun safe suit boasts a UPF of 50+ matching and beating any sun protection I tend to use as it doubles up blocking harmful UVA and UVB rays.
It Reminds me of a old style victorian bather with it’s nautical stripes and the high neck of the rash vest doesn’t annoy or irritate my boy. He’s got a little bit of love thing going on for it right now and has been making a regular appearance from his wardrobe most mornings as he asks to wear it! I’m guessing it’s the soft feel or maybe the freedom of movement or it could simply just be the fish picture on the front, all I know is he likes it!
And so do I.
All we need now is a long hot summer to put it to good use!
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