When you want to protect your children from the sun, what do you typically do? Reach for a bottle of messy sunscreen, of course! But sunscreen takes a long time to put on, it gets everywhere, and it’s very easy to accidentally miss areas of your child’s skin during the application, resulting in a sunburn.
There is another serious concern with sunscreen that has parents seeking out alternative sun protection solutions: additives and chemicals in certain sunscreens that could potentiality affect your child’s reproductive health or even increase their risk of cancer! The solution? Sun wear! Our top of the line sun wear is designed to eliminate the time-wasting mess-causing hassle of sunscreen and replace it with something that is effective, easy to use, and doesn’t involve using chemical additives or toxins.
Why You Need to Protect Your Children from the Sun
Exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays from the sun can cause serious health problems, including increased risk for many types of skin cancers, including the most deadly type of skin cancer: melanoma. Melanoma is responsible for more than 70% of skin cancer deaths around the world. In addition to increasing the risk for skin cancer, exposure to UV rays can cause skin damage, including premature aging; UV rays can also increase the risk for the development of cataracts.
Kids safe sun wear, including SPF clothing, is vital when it comes to protecting your children during the summer months. Sun wear should be carefully chosen so that it provides children with SPF protection, comfort and ease of play. Our sun wear is designed to protect children while turning the normally laborious process of protecting children from the sun into something as simple as putting on an outfit with a sun hat!
What Does SPF Mean? What About UPF?
SPF refers to how long it takes for UV-exposed skin to redden. SPF only blocks UVB rays.
UPF refers to the amount of radiation that can penetrate a fabric and reach your skin. UPF blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Why Our UPF Clothing Is Better than Chemical SPF Sunscreen
UPF clothing has some critical benefits over using traditional SPF products like sunscreen. UPF protection does not come off when exposed to moisture, such as water or sweat.
UPF protection also does not rely on manual application, which is notoriously unreliable. For instance, if you apply sunscreen to your child's shoulders but accidentally miss a spot, they will be exposed to UV rays on that area of the skin. If they are wearing UPF protective clothing, then any skin covered by that clothing is protected.
Significantly, UPF clothing is free from added chemicals, toxins and other substances which could potentially harm your children. Most sunscreens have toxins and additives, and some even contain chemicals associated with an increased risk of cancer. There is no need to expose your children to these potentially harmful additives when our UPF clothing is safe, easy to use, and effective.
Our award-winning apparel and sun suits cover kids’ bodies neck to ankles, whereas most don’t have the same body coverage. Ideal for days at the beach, trips to the zoo and other activities where children may be exposed to UV rays.
Protective Summer Clothing vs Standard Summer Clothes
Many parents do not realize the important of choosing sun wear that is designed to actually protect you from UV rays vs. clothing made from regular fabrics.
A study in 2001 on the protection against UV rays in commercial summer clothing found that less than 30% of clothing made from cotton, linen and viscose fabrics had UPF values of more than 30. Cotton’s overall UPF rating degrades when it becomes wet, which means that summer clothing made from cotton provides even less protection if it used as clothing for water-based summer activities.
Fabric structure also places a role. Fabric with tighter, closer weaves provides less space for UV rays to penetrate the fabric. Certain types of fiber types also have stronger protection against others; for instance, 100% synthetic materials--especially 100% polyester--have a higher UPF rating than natural materials.
Essential Sun Wear For Your Family
The following is a quick rundown of the types of kids safe sun wear that you should have in your children’s wardrobes for summertime. We offer high quality summer hats and sun suits that are perfect for mess-free, effective, safe sun protection.
Hats will protect your children's heads, ears and face from exposure to the sun. Sun wear protection hats should have a UPF rating of at least 50. Our bucket hat option features chemical-free UV protection, comfortable mesh lining to help wick away sweat and moisture, and adjustable toggles to ensure that the hat fits securely even when your child is running around at the beach. Our flap cap option comes with with a neck flap design, which will provide additional sun protection and coverage.
Sun suits are the best option for maximum sun protection. Our sun suits come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from newborn all the way to 4 years old. Our sunsuit is made with 85% polyester and 15% elastane, which has a UPF50+ rating. The suit has a full-length zipper for easy on-off access, and it's extremely comfortable design is perfect for kids who want to run around, play and enjoy the summer.
Other Summer Clothing and Sun care Protection Tips
In addition to the clothing we currently offer in our latest sun wear line, we also recommend making sure that your children are “sun safe” during the summer months. This includes:
- Using summer clothes made from higher UPF fabrics
- Keep children’s comfort in mind: when choosing summer clothes, make sure that their clothing is easy to put on and take off and lets them enjoy running around in the nice summer weather
Our kids safe sun wear isn’t just well-regarded: it’s award winning, too! We take great pride in producing clothing that is beloved by parents around the world, and we especially pride ourselves on being recognized for the work that we do to keep children safer during the summer months.
Why We’re Proud to Be The Mom’s Choice Awards® 2019 Winners
The Mom’s Choice Awards® is a prestigious organization that focuses on evaluation and awarding products and services designed for children, families and educators. The Mom’s Choice Awards® regularly recognizes businesses and organizations that do their part in helping to ensure that children and families are safe, happy and thriving. Recognition from The Mom’s Choice Awards® is considered to be the benchmark in determining whether or not products and services are truly family and child-friendly.
In 2019, we won a Mom’s Choice Awards® for excellent for our established UV wear products. We won the gold seal award, and our new sunwear protection products were chosen as the best product of 2019.
Why We’re Proud to Be 2018 Creative Child Award Winners
In 2018, we were awarded the Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child, an annual reward program that is comprised of a panel of judges that include new moms, caregivers and other esteemed guest judges. Creative Child Awards are regularly given out to a range of businesses and organizations that create products and services designed for children. Our 2018 Preferred Choice Award is a testament to the work we put in to create sun wear clothing that will help protect children from UV ray exposure during the summer.
In addition to our 2018 Creative Child award and our 2019 Mom’s Choice Awards®, we have also won a Baby Maternity Award from Baby Maternity Magazine.
We are proud to showcase all of these awards because we know that they mean one thing: recognition for the fact that we are dedicated to providing high quality, kid safe sun wear that will help children and families experience the joy of summer without having to worry about unnecessary UV exposure.
Our Mission and Goals
Preventing UV exposure isn’t just about avoiding painful sunburns: it’s about reducing a child’s risk for developing dangerous skin cancers, as well as reducing the chances for skin damage and even eye damage that can occur due to UV ray exposure.
We want to help parents avoid products like commercial sunscreens that contain toxic additives, and replace them with our high quality safe sun wear for children.
We believe that your summer checklist should include everything that you and your children need to make the most of summer: pool toys, swimsuits, a pack of new sidewalk chalk, bubble wands… and of course, high quality UPF kids safe sun wear that will keep them protected from the sun all summer long.
Our mission is to help parents everywhere find the best-rated UPF summer clothing for their children. Our clothing is designed to be easy to take on and off for parents and, most importantly, comfortable and stylish for children. We want to make sure that children are safe, comfortable--and happy.
Please visit our website today to learn more about our sun wear protection clothing line. If you have any questions about what we offer, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.