Tip and advice for staying safe in the sun
Last month we put out a shout out to all our fabulous splash parents in order to gather the best tips and advice for staying safe in the sun. We know the best advice comes from real people and real parents, not some marketing graduate in an office and you have done us so proud! If we could we would show all the advice that was entered but then it would be 100 pages long! So we have chosen a select few (plus our two winners) of our favourite entries…
We hope you enjoy and find them as useful as we did…
- Cover your little one as much as you can, including sun hats and UV swimsuit
- Use sunscreen. Best with no chemical filters, those in supermarkets not really the best choice. Use non nano uncoated Zinc Oxide, as it’s not chemical filter and saves environment as well.
- Plenty of water but be careful not to drink cold water as it’s the worst you can do in hot weather for your body and especially your baby’s body
- Snack, Bucket, Sunshade tent and you’re good to go
Make a game out of putting cream on. We ask our little one to count the squires of cream or how many he wants on each part of his body so he has some control. We also let him see us put cream on - advice make it fun (meltdowns will happen). Also making a shade den is a good tip - however- we've only managed a parasol this year- I'm in the middle of sewing a teepee right now - but will use the sheet over a washing line tip any day. Ohh and lots of hats to choose from -2 year old likes choice! Haha
Keeping out of the heat at the hottest part of the day is important, especially with little ones. Making sure you have well and frequently applied suncream with a 5 star uva and uvb rating is a must, as is keeping your skin covered with loose clothing. Always make sure you have a hat on too! Keep hydrated, but be careful not to drink icy water as this can actually be harmful especially for little ones. Be safe and make sure your sunny days are enjoyable!
1st and foremost: SPF - cover up with cotton / UPF clothing and hats with childproof sunglasses too
2nd: Teach water safety
3rd: Always ensure one person is watching at all times on the beach. Do it in turns
Common sense to say – don’t let your children go out to far in the sea especially with inflatables.
Katherine Howard (Was Shore)
In addition to the usual - high factor sun cream, hats, correct uva sunglasses, good swimwear with a high UPF rating, plenty to drink, get a flannel and soak it in water, then freeze it. Take it out in the morning and put into a plastic bag (in a freezer bag if possible for longer use) and take it out when you go out with little ones. Give their face a cool wipe for a nice cool break from the heat. Works a treat x
Gemma Louise Davies
My children love to wear the sunscreen bands which monitor uv sun exposure and change colour to let you know when to reapply sunscreen and when to cover up and get out of the sun. My daughter also has a doll (Sonny Ciccibello Doll) which actually tans when he is left in the sun- however these marks magically vanish when the doll is no longer exposed to sunlight! I think being sun savvy is of upmost importance.
Cover head to toe in protective clothing. Apply sun cream at least half hour before going out. A decent hat that covers the neck and ears.
Regular suncream application...
And on top of that staying safe in the water with a parent always watching. Swimming between the red and yellow flags. Learning the dangers of the water!! (I’m a baby and pre school swim Teacher)
If going to the beach you can take a cheap shower curtain dig a little pool in the sand line it with the curtain and fill with a little water for a perfect size baby pool anywhere on the beach keeping your little ones cool! To keep baby safe from the sun while they play in it take a pop up UV tent without a base (or cut the base out) and place it over your little pool so it’s safe and in the shade!
Such excellent advice! We also just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that entered. We’ll be a lot safer in the sun next year after reading all your advice!
Guru Reviews Samantha & Logan: Go Splash Swim Vest
Guru Reviews: Go Splash Swim Vest
Reviewer: Samantha Humphreys
The Splash About Go Splash Swim Vest is an excellent swim aid when your child is learning to swim and needs that extra bit of confidence in the water. Logan has swam in lessons since he was 8 weeks old but when I was about to pop with Evie we took a break from lessons as he was dealing with some separation anxiety and his next lot of lessons required him going into the pool by himself. After this he was very reluctant to try and practice his swimming and nearly lost all confidence he had in the pool, even with armbands on he felt like he was going to sink.
When we received the swim vest he was unsure at first at wearing a vest around him while swimming. However he soon realised how incredibly comfy it was to wear and easy enough to put on and zip up himself.
We took it away with us on holiday to Butlins for the week and it is compact enough for travel and can fit rolled in his swim bag or flat in a suitcase as it is nice and flexible.
After reassuring him that he was ok to swim with it in the pool he took the leap and left my arms and swam over to the side. Excited that he didn't sink and he felt more freedom than he did with armbands, there was then no stopping him! He was off and swimming away, it was such a lovely sight to see after we had struggled for so long at getting him to try.
To quote Logan 'It's awesome! Good and great!' and got a thumbs up when we got out the pool. He couldn't wait to go swimming again.
There are some gorgeous bright designs on the . They are a great alternative to armbands - easy to hook over your arm when heading to the changing rooms and no prep required before you head into the pool. We also found due to the high quality neoprene it was so fast drying and perfect for Holiday when kids are in and out of the pool. We've used it quite a few times now and it has washed up lovely and we have experienced no fading to the product.
Lots of people have asked me about it when we've been in the pool and always comment on the great design. Logan would have one in every colour if he could. We will be packing it in our suitcase when we head to America later in the year!
It is especially good that it gives that extra layer of sun protection when around the pool and at the beach without making them too hot.
I can't wait to see how Logan's swimming develops with his confidence at having the vest on. It allows us to relax a bit more while swimming knowing he isn't in a panic about being on the surface. It is a swim aid but he has never gone under the water while wearing it and quite happy to swim out into water where he can't reach the bottom of the pool. It has made all the difference to our family swimming experience and we highly recommend it. They come in ages 1-2 Years, 2-4 Years and 4-6 Years and I can't wait to try one out on Evie too to allow her more freedom in the pool, I don't think we'll ever go back to armbands now!
Guru Reviews Kelly & Eliza: Happy Nappy Wetsuit
Guru Reviews: Happy Nappy Wetsuit Nina's Ark
Reviewer: Kelly Edmonds
Eliza has loved swimming lessons, holiday pools and paddling pools this summer. Her super cute swimsuit has enabled her to take full advantage of water play .
So I was a bit skeptical at first that the swim suit actually did anything other look great and work as a nappy., we did a bit of a experiment. I took her swimming with her brother (Age 5) in just a regular swim suit.Eliza had so much fun but only lasted about 30 min In the pool before she got cold. Her brother was not a happy boy with as he was still enjoying himself.
The following week we tried again, but this time put her splash about suite on. What a success ! she stayed in the pool happy until we were all ready to get out, not only this but I noticed she was happier when getting changed and when I took it off her tummy was lovely and warm!
The swim suit made the whole experience less rushed and more fun and relaxing for us all.
The suit has also meant that she can enjoy the big padding pool in the garden and take advantage of this glorious weather with all the family.
It’s so quick to dry that she is able to take it off for a food break and then when she is ready to play in the water again the suit is dry and ready too!
This gorgeous suit is so easy to get on and off her too. I would advise putting a splash about nappy liner or disposable nappy underneath, just incase !
I highly recommend this product, I love how it fits her and will last from 6 to 14months so we can get good use out of it. It’s tight like a nappy should be so we know there will be no pool accidents. It’s comfortable for her to walk and swim and just so practical and looks amazing!
It’s definitely a must have for fun in the water !
Ester Formenko Review of Happy Nappy Costume and Floatsuit
Blogger mom Ester Formenko comments on her daughter starting swim “they require reusable swimming diapers for preventing unwanted leaks into the pool. The Happy Nappy provides excellent leak prevention… If you are wanting to start swimming lessons for your child, I would definitely recommend Splash About products.”
Slick Mummy Review Hooded Towels
Parenting website Slick Mummy posts “I’m delighted to see Splash About’s new range of hooded towels, with cute Noah and Nina’s ark designs as ponchos for bigger kids and hooded towels for little ones.”
Mudpie Fridays Rash Top Review
Blogger mum Mudpie Fridays says of our rash tops and board shorts, “I wanted the kid’s swimwear to be Splash About. Since all the items we have tried out to date have been super practical and hard wearing.”
Becky's Boudoir Happy Nappy Wetsuit Review
Blogger mum Becky’s Boudoir says “Splash About has cool functional swimwear specially made for little swimmers” http://beckysboudoir.com/splash-about/
Guru Reviews Emma & Eva: UV Floatsuit, Sun Hat & Rash Top
Guru Reviews: UV Floatsuit, Sun Hat & Rash Tops
Reviewer: Emma Mitchell
We’ve just been on holiday to Cornwall and decided it was the best time to try out our new Splash About goodies! (As well as few that we’ve already reviewed!)
Firstly we decided to get the bucket hat in white, we went for the slightly bigger size as although the smaller size fit her perfectly I thought the bigger would fit her for longer and I’m so glad I did, I had to fold the front over slightly so that she could see where she was going but it was big enough that it covered the back of her neck, with her fair skin I really worry about her burning in the sun but this provided piece of mind. It’s lovely and soft and she actually kept it on all week! Any parent of a toddler will know that that’s an achievement!
We spent one day on the beach and Eva wore her UV Rash Top in the Flora Bimbi design. It’s so pretty, I fell in love as soon as I saw it and Eva was excited to wear it! Again, we went for the slightly bigger one purely because Eva is currently in between most 1-2 and 2-3 clothes and we decided the bigger one would last longer. The length of sleeves and body fit her perfectly with plenty of room to grow. The zip fastening makes it really easy to take on and off. We went for the long sleeve option to keep her that little bit more covered and as it’s UV protected, again, I had that piece of mind that she was protected. The top kept her cool on a really hot sunny day but equally warmed her up again after being in the cold British sea!
Eva wore her Apple Daisy UV floatsuit when we went into the sea, we’ve already done a detailed review of the floatsuit for you to have a look at (long story short - best thing ever!). And throughout our beach day she wore her Happy Nappy in the Nina’s Ark design, which we’ve also reviewed, it’s worth mentioning that we’ve now had this Happy Nappy for a few months, it’s been used at least once a week and it still looks brand new!
Thanks to Splash About for keeping Eva safe and stylish on her holiday!
Guru Reviews Samantha & Evie: Happy Nappy Costume
Guru Reviews: Happy Nappy Costume
Reviewers: Samantha Humphreys
Both of my babies have been in swimming lessons since around 8 weeks old. As a requirement of most baby swimming lessons is the double nappy system - a swim nappy and then a happy nappy over the top to contain leaks - we have had a variety of Happy Nappy designs and brands over the last 5 years. As any second child will know, being given hand me downs comes part and parcel from your sibling, so when I had my Evie girl, she simply wore a Happy Nappy underneath a normal swimming costume for her swimming lesson or sometimes just the Happy Nappy on it's own. I had seen a couple of baby girls in the Navy Splash About Happy Nappy costumes and just couldn't wait to try one out. We picked the Garden Birds design as I loved the blue for girls with the bright yellow for the summer.
There are certainly many pretty designs to choose from, you can see all of them in more detail on the .
The first thing I noticed about the Happy Nappy costume was how much easier it was to get on over Evie's chubby thighs and pull straight up and on her. My first born, Logan, was a skinny little baby and I never had any trouble with a Happy Nappy over his thighs but miss Evie has always had chunky legs and the battle to squish them in and up over her bum was a tough one. The costume makes it easy to pull up using the top of the costume over their arms and then you can adjust around their legs as required. The bottom stretches with them and I've never had any problems with the fit around her chubby thighs.
The bottom of the costume is soft neoprene and lovely against their skin, while the top part of the costume is super soft nylon-lycra and doesn't irritate or blotch the skin and loose enough for them to be comfy and not mark the skin. We have washed our costume many times since March and it still maintains its beautiful colour and shape and always dries quickly.
We use our costume for our weekly Waterbabies swimming lessons and I find the material easy to hold in the water and not too slippery at all. It's great to know that any nappy incidents are contained and after a certain paddling pool incident at home, we use our costume for garden playing too!
We recently took a trip to our rather stoney local beach and I loved that the bottom of the happy nappy was that bit of extra padding to with stand Evie's flop downs on her bottom while she mastered her walking and it helped keep sand out of all the wrong places too. We've had lots of compliments on the design of her swimming costume and I can't wait to add more to our collection.
Every Happy Nappy I've had in the past has always lasted us many weekly swimming lessons, I've only replaced them because my babies have grown out of them! No fading or wearing away like traditional swimming costumes and when Evie sees her bright coloured costume she knows it’s time for another Swim Day! We highly recommend the Happy Nappy Swimming Costume for both its practicality and its beautiful designs.
Sam & Evie
A delicate balance: protecting your child’s skin from the sun
As scientists highlight the extent of DNA damage that children experience from even small amounts of sun exposure, new questions arise as to how much is too much, how optimum vitamin D levels can be achieved and how best to protect children’s delicate skin from the sun.
Just how dangerous is the sun for our children’s skin? As we enjoy an unprecedented yet welcome summer heatwave across the UK, basking in a long overdue dose of natural vitamin D production, it’s easy to forget — or overlook — the damage the sun’s rays can cause, particularly for delicate young skin.
But new research from scientists at King’s College London serves as a timely reminder. The study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, looked at 32 children aged 10 and under at a 12-day summer camp in Poland, measuring levels of vitamin D alongside a urine biomarker of DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer, known as CPD.
At the end of the 12-day period, during which the weather was not particularly sunny, the researchers found a 25% increase in average vitamin D concentrations in the children’s blood but measured nearly 13 times more CPD on average in comparison to levels at the start. This could suggest that children are even more sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun than previously thought, or that their bodies are better at repairing the damage, the researchers concluded.
A careful balance
In light of these findings, how do parents strike a balance between the beneficial effects of the sun as our main source of vitamin D and the risks of overexposure? Since sunburn is a well-known risk factor for skin cancer in older age, there perhaps needs to be clearer warnings around the impact of ultraviolet (UV) rays on children’s skin, even when the weather isn’t sunny.
Lead researcher for the study Professor Antony Young, from the St John’s Institute of Dermatology at King’s College London, agreed “it can be a confusing message” when trying to ensure children remain healthy and produce sufficient levels of vitamin D by playing outside, , while also staying protected from the sun. “Our study suggests that only small amounts of exposure to the sun are needed to ensure vitamin D sufficiency so we should make sure that children always have ample sun protection when playing outside for long periods,” he said on the paper’s publication. “This should be in the form of sunscreen, clothing and hats and the use of shade, even when you may not judge the weather to be that sunny.”
Smart sun safety
The NHS advises that babies and children need to have their skin protected between March and October in the UK, with infants under six months being kept out of direct sunlight completely.
Other NHS recommendations include:
- covering exposed parts of your child’s skin with sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and is effective against UVA and UVB rays — even on cloudy or overcast days
- encouraging your child to play in the shade, particularly between 11am and 3pm
- covering your child up in loose, cotton clothes and a floppy hat with a wide brim
- taking care to cover your child’s shoulders and the back of their neck when they’re playing, since these are the most common areas for sunburn
- giving babies and young children aged six months to five years a daily supplement containing vitamin D
Abi Cleeve, skincare expert and managing director of sun protection brand Ultrasun, says the amount of sun cream and the timing of its application is also key to protecting children’s skin properly: “Always apply sun protection to cool, clean, dry skin in the shade 15 to 30 minutes before you or your children go into the sun. It’s important that this step is followed regardless of what sun cream brand you choose as in direct sunlight, sun cream applied to skin can evaporate before it has a chance to bond with the skin and therefore becomes less effective.
“As a rule of thumb, use a teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm, leg, front, back and face — including neck and ears,” she adds.
And if your child is swimming, the NHS advises, a waterproof sunblock should be used and reapplied after towelling. UV protective wetsuits are also available, which enable your child’s skin to be covered and protected at the same time.
Bernadette Spofforth, managing director at children and baby swimwear specialist Splash About, says: “Although the findings of the King’s College study read as quite alarming, parents needn’t panic so long as they’re ensuring their children’s skin is properly protected from the damaging effects of UV rays, even on seemingly cloudy days.
“All the guidance is there, although there is perhaps not enough emphasis on how much more vulnerable to sun damage children’s skin is when in water. Using a high-factor, water-resistant sunblock is a must, but this protection should be reinforced with a UV-protective garment that covers the arms and legs.
“This means that, even if the sunscreen has washed or rubbed off, your child’s skin is protected,” Bernadette adds.
Although the latest research provides a timely warning, there’s no reason why families cannot enjoy this spell of good weather safely — while it lasts.