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We know that families love spending time at the beach, the pool or in the garden during the summer months but, whether you’re spending your summer abroad or holidaying in the UK, it’s essential you keep you and your little ones protected from the sun at all times.



Our aim as a business is to make things easy for parents and with this in mind, here’s a checklist of the top 10 things to consider for keeping safe in the summer sunshine but still having fun:



1. Keep babies out of direct sunlight



Babies aged 0-6 months have very sensitive skin and should be kept out of direct sunlight and completely covered with loose, comfortable clothing at all times.



2. Use protective covers on push chairs



If you go for a stroll in daylight hours, ensure you use a sun-protective shade, parasol or cover on your child’s push chair at all times to prevent their skin from being exposed to the sunlight.



3. Attach sun shields to car windows



If you’re hiring a car on holiday, or even just driving around in the warmest rays, it is advised that you use removable mesh window shields or UV screens to prevent harmful UV rays from causing skin damage through the glass.



4. Limit outdoor playtime



The sun is at it’s strongest between 10am and 4pm so we advise that you limit your children’s playtime to before or after this period. If they insist on playing during these times, limit their exposure to short play sessions with long breaks in between and make sure they wear a hat. It’s also important to make sure your children are well hydrated.



5. Encourage playing in the shade



Playing in the shade is one of the best way to protect their skin from the sun, so encourage them to do this as often as possible. Trees and parasols are great for this, though it’s important you still make sure they’re wearing sunscreen to protect against any reflected sunlight. To ward off moaning we’d suggest making a den in the garden or on the beach to make playing in the shade exciting! 



6. Apply sunscreen regularly 



Sunscreen is an essential precaution for children exposed to the sun both abroad and in the UK. Apply it liberally and regularly to ensure maximum protection and use water-resistant products where possible. Toddlers are difficult to coat in cream but we find the SunSense Ultra and SunSense Kids Roll-on is a good way to ensure they have been covered thoroughly with sun protection before escaping! Older children also enjoy using spray on sunscreen as they can easily apply it themselves, however it’s important to ensure they apply generously and evenly. SunSense recommends applying over half a teaspoon to your arm, face and neck, and more than a teaspoon to you legs, front and back of body.



7. Choose sun protection clothing carefully



There is a huge choice of sun protection clothing on the market for children from many different brands. UV sunsuits are a brilliant way to protect delicate skin from the sun and give 100% protection all day long. When considering what type of sun safe swimwear to purchase, we’d recommend selecting garments which are UPF50+ which provide the highest possible protection blocking out more than 97.5% of the sun's harmful rays. We’d urge not to scrimp on swimwear. Quality ranges such as Platypus Australia has an UPF50+ and is made of a high quality Matt Nylon LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ which is ultra chlorine resistant, breathable and quick drying. Opt for long sleeved styles of swimwear that provide maximum skin coverage and also means there are fewer areas requiring sunscreen application.



8. Consider using sunglasses and hats for added protection



Sunglasses and sun hats are two further accessories that are essential for keeping your children protected from the sun. The sunglasses will help protect their eyes from sun damage and the sunhat will keep their scalp and the back of their neck covered; the ones with large, floppy brims, bucket hats or neck flaps are the best.



9. Beware of clouds - don’t be fooled! 



If you encounter a cloudy day, don’t be fooled! Clouds do not block the UV rays from the sun, so all of the precautions and protection mentioned above are still essential.



10. Set a good example



Everybody needs to protect their skin from the sun, no matter what their age, so a great way to keep your children safe in the sun is to demonstrate that you are doing the same. Children love to copy their parents’ behaviour after all! Keep your sunscreen topped up, stay in the shade and cover as much skin as possible and your little ones will happily follow suit.