All parents know how difficult it can be to keep kids safe in the sun. Getting your little one to reapply sunscreen is no simple task. And if you have more than one kiddo out there in the sunshine, forget about it! But don’t worry – we’re here to deliver you five foolproof ways to ensure your kids stay protected while out in the sun.
1. Cover ‘Em Up
If no amount of bribery or distractions can get your kiddo to sit still for a sunscreen application, don’t worry – there’s a solution. Simply outfit your little ones in UPF 50+ clothing for reliable, convenient sun protection that won’t rub or wash off. Look for comfortable, easy to wear pieces that will allow them to play and move as much as they want.
2. Sunscreen, Of Course
Applying sunscreen that’s at least SPF 15 or higher and offers both UVA and UVB protection is essential for your little ones’ sun safety. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously (and everywhere) at least 30 minutes before your kids head outside. The lips, ears, nose, and tops of the feet are often overlooked, but those areas are some of the most sensitive. Be sure to pay special attention to them!
3. Hats & Baseball Caps
Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are a no-brainer for when your kids are outside enjoying the sunshine. Baseball caps are also an option, though less appealing, as they do not provide complete protection. But as parents, we know that often times something is better than nothing! If your child chooses to wear a cap instead of a brimmed hat, no worries – just be sure to apply ample sunscreen to any uncovered areas.
4. Seek Shade
There’s nothing wrong with stepping out of the sunshine and into the shade every once in a while. After all, UV rays are strongest around midday, so actively seeking shade under a tree,your backyard shade sails, umbrella, or even a beach tent is a great way to protect your kids’ skin during those high-sun hours. Encourage them to have a snack and some water while relaxing in the shade, and you’ll be well on your way to preventing even the worst of sunburns.
5. Lead by Example
Always remember that your little ones are watching you! If you’re applying sunscreen, wearing a hat or sun-protective clothing, or taking a break in the shade, your children will want to do the same. That’s why you should always act as a role model when it comes to sun protection. It’s difficult for your kids to understand why something so lovely (after all, who doesn’t love the sun?) can be harmful. Steer them to the right answer by following the tips above, and then get out there with them and enjoy some fun in the sun!
Armed with these helpful tips, you and your kiddos can enjoy a summer full of memories and fun – all while staying safe in the sun.
Disclaimer: I have teamed up with Cabana Life in support of this campaign. We received compensation for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.