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Baby Swimming: Protect Their Skin from the Sun

Baby Swimming: Protect Their Skin from the Sun
16 June 2015 1777 Views No comments

If you've been enjoying baby swimming sessions with your little one, you might be considering heading to the beach with them this summer. This is a great idea, as the beach offers a lot more than just water, which can help with your child's development.

From the different noises to the variety of textures they'll encounter, as well as the experience of waves, the beach is a great option if you want to introduce your little one to other fun aspects of swimming. However, you also need to take into account a number of things that aren't issues when you're at the pool, the most important of which is the sun.

Your baby's skin is very sensitive and can get burned incredibly quickly, even on a cloudy day. If you're spending the day on the beach, it means that they are going to be exposed to the sun for several hours, including when it is at its hottest (at midday).

This means that you need to take proper precautions when it comes to protecting your baby. Ensuring that you have everything you need to help with sun protection will ensure that they don't get burned, aren't uncomfortable for days after your seaside visit, and are protected from illnesses such as skin cancer later in life.

So, how do you protect your baby while on the beach?

Shelter

While you might want to catch as many rays as possible to work on your tan, your baby should be kept out of the sun as much as possible. This means creating a sheltered area that is comfortable for them.

There are a number of ways you can do this, including putting up windbreakers, parasols or beach tents. Ideally, you want to put up something that will offer shade at all times, as this will ensure that your little one is constantly protected from the sun.

While you might think that you can move something to create another shaded area, you may not notice that the sun is creeping in, which puts your baby at risk of burning. This is why a complete-coverage shelter is best, especially as it will create a cool area for the whole day.

Sun cream

You may get away with putting a lower factor sun cream on – although you shouldn't go any lower than SPF 20 – but your baby needs the highest factor possible. Their skin will also be sensitive to chemicals, so it is important that you use a sun cream that is specifically designed for babies.

Ideally, you should use SPF 50 or higher on babies to offer them complete protection throughout the day. This should be applied to any exposed skin repeatedly during the day, especially following a swim, which could cause even waterproof varieties to become less effective.

It is important to ensure that all exposed skin is covered in cream, including the tops of their head, face, ears, hands and feet – both tops and bottoms. This will keep them fully protected and reduce the risk of burning.

Sun protection clothing

For a greater level of protection – and to provide warmth when in the water – you may want to consider a Babywarma baby wetsuit. The flexible neoprene suit is 2 mm thick, offering an extra layer of insulation for your little one.

This means that they are kept warmer for longer when in the water, which is important if you're swimming in the sea in the UK, which is a lot colder than a heated indoor pool. You can therefore enjoy splashing around in the sea with your little one, although you should still keep an eye on them for signs that they are catching a chill.

The neoprene also provides a high level of UV protection both in and out of the water, protecting the skin that it covers, although you should still use sun cream on exposed skin. This gives you peace of mind while also being more comfortable for baby.

It has a huggable design, so it provides a snug fit that stretches when your little one moves. On top of this, it also opens easily to allow for nappy changes without any hassle.

Hats

The areas on which your baby are most likely to get burned are their head, the tips of their ears and their face. This is because these are the areas that are left the most exposed.

Even when applying sun cream on a regular basis, the constant sun exposure can result in redness and pain for your baby after a day on the beach. On top of this, the sun shining on their face all the time can cause them to overheat and affect their eyes. This is why it is a good idea to keep a hat on them as much as possible throughout the day, even when you're in the water.

Our Bucket Hats are made from 100 per cent cotton, so they are comfortable and offer flexible wear. The wide brim offers added protection, ensuring that your baby's ears, the back of their neck, face and eyes are shielded. They are also reversible, so you get two different hats in one.