Now there’s no denying we all love a bit of sunshine (when it finally arrives), although we have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse over the past week and its been great! I personally can’t get enough of it - The family BBQ’s, games in the garden and of course the chance to top up the tan, but as we all know keeping safe in the sun is crucial, especially for our little ones and their delicate skin. It's National sun awareness week this week, which is supported by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and the British Skin Foundation (BSF) with the aim to spread awareness of the dangers of over exposure. We’ve done some research and put together 5 key things for you to know about kids sun care, and some links to a few of our favourite sun safety products.

  1. Ensure you and your family avoid the sun between 11am-3pm as this is where the sun is at its strongest

We all know the difficulty of rubbing a thick factor 50 in on a wriggling toddler, so as tried and tested by the Made for Mums team, we’ve used a couple of their suggestions on which sun cream to go for based on smell, easy of application, bottle design and stain risk:

  • Superdrug Solait Baby 50, £3.49 for 100ml (= £3.49/100ml)

  • Green People Organic Children Lotion 30, £18.50 for 150ml (= £12.33/100ml)

  • Nivea Sun Baby 50+ Moisturising Lotion, £6.50 for 200ml (= £3.25/100ml)

2. Always wear a hat
Although sun cream is a must, we can’t forget about the importance of a good sun hat in reducing ultraviolet radiation to the face and neck. We’ve come across these new Panda pop hats by Little Hotdog Watson and they’re are absolutely gorgeous, they’ve got a range of different prints and colours to suit everyone, you can check them out here -
Bonnie Mob always delight when it comes to clothes and hats! -

3. Don’t forget your sunglasses
It is important to make sure you choose sunglasses that are CE marked or that have at least a UV 400 label. Another one we’ve found from Little Hotdog Watson is their ‘The Scout Sunglasses’. Not only are they designed for rough and tumble and hours of outdoor play, they also come with a Hardcase, Cleaning Cloth & Neck Tie, oh and they’re CE certified and ethically produced – Amazing!
4. Keep arms and shoulders covered – Especially in the pool
Splash About have got a great range of all in one swim pieces including their ‘UV all in One Vintage Moby’ - There’s loads of fab prints available for both boys and girls, its designed specifically for sensitive and eczema prone skin and has UPF 50+ sun protection for maximum safety.
Jo Jo Maman Bebe are another brand with some adorable sun protection suits and hats – We’re in love with these Dinosaur and Giraffe two piece sets - ,
5. Drink, Drink and Drink some more
Staying hydrated is a MUST, but if you’re anything like me, this can be a major challenge. Kids don’t always recognise the early stages of thirst, making it essential for mums to be on the look out and prepared with a water supply at the ready. We’ve come across this ‘Reflect Bamboo Top bottle’ by Klean Kanteen -   It’s uses toxin-free materials and is crafted using sustainably harvested bamboo, food-grade silicone and stainless steel. It’s a great way to get rid of disposable bottles and also comes with an easy pour cap and also suitable for little ones over the age of 3.
6. Getting dry after paddling pool fun!
Not so much of a tip this one, but we couldn’t resist showing you these little kimonos from our store: https://acornandpip.comshop/clothing/clothing-accessories/mint-bath-kimono-nanami/
Made from 100% organic cotton, they’re perfect for beach days and bath time 😊
Mint Bath Kimono - Nanami Acorn & Pip

Did you know? Boots have launched a 'Soltan Sun Ready' campaign for schools to help teach children sun safety habits from an early age, and we think its great! The educational campaign has a dedicated site contains resources including lesson plans for school subjects such as Geography, PE, English, Science and PSHE.
Registered primary schools can also receive free ‘Explorer packs’ from Boots containing sun cream samples, notebooks and hats. Pupils can also compete to be the UK’s ‘most prepared adventurous explorer’ for a chance to experience an adventure brought to life using interactive theatre. You can read more here:
We hope this has given you some summer sunshine inspiration, don’t forget to give us a follow if you haven’t already we’ve got some exciting things coming up that we’d love to share with you 😊 Instagram: @acornandpip
Becky x
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May 18, 2018 — admin