5 Tips to Keep Baby Shaded from the Summer Sun

Hitting the park or beach with baby today? You're advised by doctor to avoid using sunscreen on baby so what's a parent to do if you want to be out and about this summer, but protect baby's skin. Here I've shared my 5 tips to keep baby shaded from the summer sun and still have fun.

To get to and from your destination in baby's stroller, use an attachable stroller umbrella for sun protection. Get on the go with a stylish stroller umbrella like these from Yummi Bebe.

Don a hat and wear lightweight and light color clothing that covers arms and legs. Choose from dozens of styles and colors in SPF protected sun hats for babies. My babies lived in these 'foreign legion' style baby sun hats from coolibar. I love the front face and back neck protection. Or make your own baby sun hat with this easy to follow tutorial from Our Nesting Ground blog. Choose a light color print or solid to reflect sunlight and keep baby cool.

Use your lightweight swaddling blanket to create a little tent with your stroller, bring a few extra large binder clips or beach towel clips. If you're in a pinch and can't find shade at something like a fair, market or festival, find a bench, branch or some other fixed material to clip corners of an over-sized muslin swaddling blanket to. Then clip the other ends of your muslin blanket to your stroller handles to create a tent. 

For a day at the beach or park, hoist the sails on these easy to assemble sun tents. These gorgeous Sombrilla Beach Shelters come in excellent prints and colors. Or create your own sun fort with these easy instructions at Kidsomania. Mum's Grapevine has a terrific round up of all shapes and sizes of beach and sun tents for families.


Avoid sun exposure from 10a-2p in the middle latitudes of the US and 11a-1p in the northern latitudes. Here in Seattle, we will take what sun we can get! Instead go to the beach or park after she wakes from her nap, opting for a morning outing that's a mix of indoor and outdoor exposure.

Don't forget: Pack a cooler to be sure to hydrate both baby and yourself. If you're nursing, bring lots of extra water!

How do you keep your kiddos cool and shaded during hot summer days? 

Thanks for sharing!

♥ jennifer

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