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Swim Wear and Sun Protection Gear

By Grow Healthy. Grow Happy. The Whole Baby Guide

Your child can enjoy physical activity as well as time outside at the pool or beach. Reusable swim diapers and swimsuits with built-in diapers are comfortable and let him move freely in the water. Swim diapers also eliminate the worry of solid waste entering a pool. Sun shirts, rashguards, sunglasses, and sun hats made with UV-protecting fabric offer sun protection. Other accessories for a trip to the beach or pool include a terry cover-up and some swim shoes or water sandals.

Reusable Swim Diaper              

Multiple purchases

Age needed: 3 months

reusable swim diaperReusable swim diapers are designed to keep moisture away from your baby’s delicate skin and are snug-fitting around the legs and waist to prevent leakage that may contaminate pool water. You may find swim diapers that offer side-snap closures which allow for quick changing and minimize the mess associated with diaper changes.

Function: Covers and protects your baby in the pool and keeps waste from leaking into the water

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Waterproof
  • Absorbent pad and wick-away lining
  • Machine washable
  • UPF 50+
  • Side snaps
  • May come in fun prints and bright colors
Swimsuit for Boys

One-time purchase

Age needed: 6 months

reusable swimsuit for boysBoys’ swim trunks are available in different styles—drawstring, elastic, or snap options. Some boys’ swim trunks for babies and toddlers have a built-in swim diaper.

Functions: Covers your baby in the pool or at the beach

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Machine washable
  • Built-in swim diaper
  • Elastic leg opening
  • Design
Swimsuit for Girls  

One-time purchase

Age needed: 6 months

reusable swimsuit for girlsGirls’ swimsuits are available in different styles—one-piece with straps or a two-piece that pairs a top with a swim bottom. Some girls’ swimsuits designed for babies and toddlers have a built-in swim diaper.

Function: Covers your baby in the pool or at the beach

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Machine washable
  • Built-in swim diaper
  • Elastic leg opening
  • Design
Swim Shoes  

One-time purchase

Age needed: 9 months

swim shoesSwim shoes protect your baby’s feet from sand or rocks on the beach, which can be extremely hot and burn his feet. They also protect him from slipping on wet surfaces at a pool or waterpark. Swim shoes are designed to get wet and can be worn in the pool, ocean, or lake.

Function: Protects your baby’s feet when he is walking on the beach or waterpark and also in the pool, ocean, or lake

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Hook-and-loop closure
  • Stretchy fabric that is adjustable
  • Adjustable strap
  • Water-resistant
  • Textured outsole
Sunglasses                               

One-time purchase

Age needed: 6 months

sunglassesSunglasses protect your baby’s eyes from the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Some sunglasses have a built-in flexible band that keeps the sunglasses from falling off your baby’s head. Usually the band is adjustable.

Function: Protects your baby’s eyes from the sun

Special Features or Considerations:

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Flexible material
  • Color
Beach Towels               

One-time purchase

Age needed: 3 months

beach towelA beach towel is a summer essential for the beach or pool. A small beach towel or hooded bath towel for your baby eliminates the bulk of regular adult-size towels.

Function: Dries off your baby after swimming at the beach or pool

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Absorbent
  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • May come in fun prints and bright colors to coordinate with his swimwear
Sun Hat                                   

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

sun hatA sunhat designed with a wide brim helps protect your baby from the sun’s UV rays. Lightweight fabrics that wick away moisture help keep him cool and dry. Some hats come with an under-the-chin strap that ties, snaps, or closes in place with hook-and-loop closure to help the sunhat stay in place.

Function: Covers your baby’s head and protects him from the sun

Special Features or Considerations:

  • UPF 50+
  • 100% cotton or microfiber
  • Machine washable
  • May be purchased as a set, matching your baby’s swimsuit or trunks
Rashguard  

Multiple purchases

Age needed: 3 months

rash guardRashguards protect your baby from the sun during outdoor water activities. They can be paired with a swim diaper or swim trunks for your baby to wear in the pool. UPF 50+ Lycra material can be worn in the water and is stretchy to go over his head. They come in both short- and long-sleeved options.

Function: Protects your baby’s skin from the sun and rashes that may come with outdoor activities

Special Features or Considerations:

  • UPF 50+
  • May be purchased as a set, matching your baby’s swimsuit or trunks
Sun Protection Shirt     

Multiple purchases

Age needed: 6 months

Sun protection shirts protect your baby’s skin during outdoor activities in the sun. They are designed with lightweight, UV-blocking fabric.

Functions: Protects your baby’s skin from the sun and rashes that may come with outdoor play activities

Special Features or Considerations:

  • UPF 50+
  • Machine washable
Cover-up                                  

Multiple purchases

Age needed: 3 months

Cover-ups made from absorbent materials such as cotton terry are designed to be worn after swimming in the pool or on the beach. They may pull over or zip up. Some have a hood and pockets.

Function: Keeps your baby dry and warm after being in the water or playing on the beach

Special Features or Considerations:

  • UPF 50+
  • Machine washable
  • Cotton terry
What’s your must-have swim or sun protection gear item? Share with the community in the comments below!

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