FAQs: Rashguard Shirts - Grow healthy. Grow happy.

frequently asked questions and answers for i play. rashguard shirts

FAQs: Rashguard Shirts

By i play., Inc.


1. Why choose Rashguard Shirts by i play.®?

All i play. Rashguard Shirts offer UPF 50+ protection to help protect baby from the sun’s harmful rays. Rashguard Shirts are made from stretchy, quick-dry material and flatlock seams for comfort and freedom of movement while playing in or out of the water. Rashguard shirts also help keep baby warm in cooler water and during first swim lessons.

Rashguard Shirts are made without azo dyes & formaldehyde, for baby’s health & safety.

2. Why use UPF 50+ treated material?

Your baby has very delicate and sensitive skin, with less protective melanin than adults. Baby’s skin is also thinner, and easily absorbs chemicals and UV rays. Wearing sun protection clothing helps minimize the need for sunscreen (only need to apply to exposed areas not covered by UPF 50+ sun protection clothing) and offers all-day protection from sun’s harmful rays. i play.® Rashguard Shirts offer UPF 50+ protection, blocking 98% of UVA & UVB rays.

3. How is the material treated with UPF protection?

i play.® Sun Wear is treated using the Rayosan™ process. This process coats fabric in an invisible, chemical layer, thereby increasing the material’s effectiveness at blocking UV rays.

4. What materials are Rashguard Shirts made of?

Rashguard Shirts are made from nylon and elastane.

5. Does the lightning bug come on every Rashguard Shirt?

Yes, Sparky the Firefly is part of the i play® logo, and is featured on all current Rashguard Shirts. In previous years, different items such as seashells appeared on the Rashguard Shirts, but these have since been discontinued and Sparky, the Firefly is the only character available.

Product Use

1. Do I need to use sunscreen while wearing a Rashguard Shirt?

Rashguard Shirts provide UPF 50+ sun protection, but only provides protection for skin that is covered. For babies under 6 months, avoid all sunscreens and keep them in a shaded area to avoid UV rays. For older children, mineral sunscreens, such as zinc oxide that physically block UV rays from the skin’s surface and are less likely to be absorbed into the skin, are recommended on any uncovered skin.

Click here to learn more about sun protection and Safe Fun in the Sun!

2. How have the products changed in design over the course of its development?

We are always working to improve the quality and functionality of our products. i play.® Rashguard Shirt specifications were designed to fit the ASTM 50 percentile measurements for each age or size. Over the past few years, the specifications have been shortened (and then slightly lengthened) to be a better fit for more babies.

Due to stock from previous still being available on the market, we cannot guarantee which year the product you may purchase from our retailers was made. If you have specific questions regarding the specifications of a Rashguard Shirt, please contact our customer care team at contactus@iplaybaby.com.

3. What’s the difference between the Rashguard Shirts & Breathable Sun Protection Shirt?

Rashguard Shirts & Breathable Sun Protection Shirts are both great for all-day, UPF 50+ sun protection, but Rashguard Shirts are better suited for swimming or being submerged in water, and Breathable Sun Protection Shirts are perfect as a coverup after swimming or for outdoor active play.

Rashguard Shirts are made from nylon & elastane, which is stretchy (4-way stretch), quick-drying, and perfect for water play and swimming. Breathable Sun Protection Shirts are made from breathable, quick-drying wicking polyester with a 2-way stretch, that helps pull moisture away from baby’s skin to keep cool during active play. While they are quick-drying when wet, they are ideal for outdoor play or as a coverup after swimming.


1. Are the Rashguard Shirts machine washable?

Yes, Rashguard Shirts are machine washable. We recommend washing before first use. Machine wash cold. Do not tumble dry. Do not iron. Do not dry clean.

2. Can I wash with bleach to remove stains?

Only use non-chlorine bleach when needed.

3. Will my Rashguard Shirt shrink after washing and drying?

The Rashguard Shirt should not shrink if washed using the suggested directions.

4. Will my Rashguard lose its UPF protection after washing?

The UPF coating may start deteriorating after approximately 30 washes. Limit washes if possible.


1. What should I do if I see tears in the fabric?

Discard immediately if any signs of tears or excessive wear appear.

2. Do you use flame retardant finishes on the fabric?

We do not use any flame retardants in any of our products. Most flame retardants contain potentially harmful substances such as formaldehyde, which we avoid in our manufacturing. Do not iron and keep away from flames.

3. What safety standards is this product tested to?

This product is tested to US, EU, Canada, and China regulations.

By i play., Inc.

Guided by principles, our family-oriented company collaborates with our customers, team members, suppliers, and partners to provide healthy products for babies’ whole development and resources for natural parenting.

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