We don’t need to tell you how important it is to protect kids from the sun’s ultraviolet burning and skin cancer-causing rays, but you might not be aware that these dangerous rays can penetrate clothing and accessories. And sunscreen on its own doesn’t always cut it, especially with active kids who are constantly swimming and sweating. Parents looking for pieces that are made with sun protection factor – referred to as UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) – used to have to compromise in terms of design and feel, but that’s not longer the case. There are plenty of easy to put on and pull off options that are cute and get the job done.
Look, kids have thinner, more sensitive skin and damage at an early age can also increase their risk of more serious problems later in life. Sun-protective clothing and accessories are an easy way to add an extra layer of protection while your little ones are romping on the beach or at the pool – or anywhere for that matter. Read on for the best sun-protective clothing and accessories kids and babies, all of which are just as stylish as they are functional.
Sharon Feiereisen is a freelance lifestyle writer and the managing editor at Momtastic. Her work has been published in Time Out, Newsday, The Knot, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, Real Simple and Hamptons Magazine among many other print and online outlets.