Getting your kids ready for and into the pool or ocean is no simple feat. Here are the summertime essentials we swear by to keep the process as seamless as possible!
Getting your kids ready for and into the pool or ocean is no simple feat. Here are the summertime essentials we swear by to keep the process as seamless as possible! Shop all our favorite swim essentials here!
Sunscreen: Kid skin is especially soft and sensitive, and since we’re constantly applying and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, we always recommend purchasing a clean sunscreen when possible. Here’s our favorite non-toxic clean sunscreens for kids.
Sunscreen application: Need a parenting hack? Try applying sunscreen to your baby or kid using a makeup brush! This ingenious trick makes it so easy to cover their faces (little nooks and crannies) and prevents the sunscreen from getting all over the place. We love this brush – it’s easy to clean and throw into your beach bag.
Swim diapers: For babies and toddlers in diapers, a swim diaper is a must have! They don’t expand or explode like regular diapers do, and you can buy a reusable version which is great for sustainability. Here’s our favorite disposable and here’s our favorite reusable.
Bathing suit: There are so many cute bathing suits on the market, but one thing we won’t do without is a UPF sun protecting suit. It provides another layer of protection to help keep their sensitive skin safe from sun damage. These UPF swim shirts and Hannah Andersson UPF swim will provide extra protection from the sun. We also can’t get over how cute all the swim sets are from our friend @marylawlesslee store Happily Grey Old Navy, and Minnow Swim.
Sun hat and glasses: Nothing is cuter than a little one in a sun hat and glasses. However, finding ones that protect from the sun and stay on their heads isn’t as easy as it should be. Here are our favorite sun hat with UPF and sunglasses (also love Hipster Kid and WeeFarers) to help further protect their skin from the sun.
Sandals: The ground gets hot, so you want something to protect their feet and toes. We love a waterproof sandal that’s easy to slip on and off. Word of caution: always take off their sandals when they get into the pool– you don’t want anything to weigh them down or cause blisters as they peddle their little feet. Here’s our top pic!
Swim Safety: The most important item on the list! Check out our podcast with Lisa King, ISR Senior Master Instructor and RN, for information on self-rescue and tips to keep your kids safe in and around the water this season. And shop all our favorite swim essentials here!