Sun Smarts for Kids

After a very cold, very cloudy and very long winter, I vowed that my daughter and I would spend every nice day from spring to fall outside enjoying the sunshine.

Then, on a recent 78-degree day in April I suffered my first sunburn in years. I had applied sunscreen to my face and neck, like I do every day rain or shine, but that was all. I planned to wear a long sleeve jacket and thought I would be protected. That is until I walked to the park and was hotter than a habanero.

I thoughtlessly took off my jacket and two hours later my shoulders and chest that weren’t covered by my lululemon tank were bright pink. My skin felt like it had been seared on a hot grill.

Thankfully, my daughter was well covered and her gorgeous, perfect non-sun damaged skin remained as such, but it was a timely warning that I need to be more conscience of sun safety. Here a few of my favorite sun protection products and tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to prevent your kids from suffering sun damage.

– REI Sun Hat, like the one I bought for my daughter, is made of UPF 30 fabric

– Babyganics mineral-based sunscreen

– California Baby Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen Stick

– Babiators Polarized Sunglasses for kids offer 100 percent UV protection.