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Fun in the sun: SPF, swimwear, shades and more to stay protected

Section: Shopping Ideas
Summer calls for extra care for little ones. From the best SPF to swim aids and sunhats, here’s how to keep them safe in the sun.
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Nivea Sun Kids Swim and Play Sun Lotion SPF50 and the Kids SPF50 High Protection Lotion, £3.99 each,

The SPF in these reliable brands won't be bettered – don't consider dipping below SPF50 for tots - and at these bargain prices you can afford to stock up for the whole summer.
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Childs Farm 3 in 1 Swim, £3.99,

Shampoo, conditioner and body wash in one, this is ideal when you want to soap away the day without tears or tantrums. It leaves a lovely scent of strawberry and organic mint and you can use it on newborns or sensitive, eczema-prone skin.
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SwimFin, £21.99,

This fun flotation device straps onto the back giving perfect balance in the water. Brilliant for swimming lessons, it allows for easy movement. And if your child's wearing a lime green fin there's no chance of losing sight of them either!
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Frozen sunglasses, £4.99,

Turns out it's not just about the song: there are Elsa and Anna sunglasses too. Worried about bright sunlight damaging their eyesight? Just let it go (see what we did there?)…
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Mamia Swim Pants, £2.49,

These lightweight swim pants are easy for the beach: just throw in your changing bag and head for the sand. They come in small, medium and large and won't leak.
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Solait Baby Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50, the Kids Roll-On SPF30, Solait Kids Trigger SPF 50, £5.99 - £9.99,

We rate this range because it sinks in fast, so you can get kids safely covered in seconds. The bonus is that it doesn't leave a sticky residue on skin or white stripes on clothes.
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Sunhat, £14.99,

Look for good coverage in your baby's sunhat: this cotton one sports a peak and ear flaps but is so light that it'll stay comfy on even the hottest of days. Available in sizes to suit from 6 months up to 3 years.
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Hammam towels, from £19.95,

Well, these just couldn't be cuter. Made from 100% pure Turkish cotton and super absorbent, they're lightweight so they travel well and hooded for extra snuggliness. No bub should hit the beach without one.
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Anti-UV Swim Shirt, £12,

Made from fabric that shuts out harmful UV rays, this surfer-style swim shirt is ideal when your little one wants to explore the beach or stay out in the sun.
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Disney Aqua Shoes, £7.50,

Why don't they do these in adult sizes? Unfair! Protect tiny toes with these neoprene waterproof shoes (there's a matching wetsuit collection too). This sweet babywear company will be at The Baby Show at Olympia in October, if you want to check out the whole range.
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LittleLife Ultralight Poncho Towels, £16.99,

We like these so much we've twice given them a Mother & Baby Gold Award. Light as air but very absorbent, they're as handy in the garden as at the beach. Plus the fabric has UPF50+ protection so it's an ideal cover-up.
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Seen children's sunglasses, £15,

Stylish and fun, these cool sunglasses offer the best protection in a range of classic prints and patterns that will appeal to both boys and girls.
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Kaftan, £15,

We're prepared to bet that Harper Beckham has one of these in her Louis Vuitton beach bag. French brand Tortue de Mer makes this gorgeous kaftan in 25 different colours, each in supersoft, hand-embroidered cotton with shell buttons.
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Mosquitan Mosquito Patches, £8.95 for 24 patches,

Here's a clever idea. This mosquito repellent is a tiny cushion plaster that repels insects for hours. Best of all, there's no contact with skin: press the plaster onto prams, patio tables, picnic coolboxes, toys… there are no chemicals or DEET to worry about, it's all natural oils.
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My Buggy Buddy Sunshade, £8.99,

Compact and lightweight, this sunshade can be easily clipped on and adjusted with one free hand. Use it on the pushchair, car window, in the garden… anywhere baby needs shade.
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Splash About Sun Protection Float Suit, £26.99,

Safe in the water, with sun blocked out: this suit is a must-have for toddlers on hols. It has built-in SPF50+ sun protection and extra cover around the neck, back and chest. There are 16 removable floats so you can gradually deflate it as confidence grows.
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SunSense Kids SPF50+, from £9.28,

Australia leads the world in SPF technology and SunSense is the country's leading pharmacy brand. They've just launched a children's version in the UK, with the highest known levels of protection: it's tested by paediatricians and is safe for babies from six months.
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Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair & Body Wash, £2.49,

Every mum's saviour: the multi-tasking hero product! Use it in the bath or shower to wash out chlorine and salt and then double up as travel wash on swimwear and towels.
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And finally… a beach bag for mum! £15,

Pack it all into a huge beach bag and head off for a day of fun! This golden one is very Riviera chic, but has plenty of room for everything from SPF to snacks.
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Platypus Australia Life Buoy UPF50+ Baby Sunsuit, UPF50+ Bucket Hat, £28.95 and £17.95,

A great brand for kids – find it in John Lewis - Platypus has anti-rash tops, swimsuits, sunsuits and hats, all with UPF50+ rating which blocks out more than 97.5% of harmful UVA, UVB and UVC rays. And the styles are completely adorable!
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