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July 2023
Reading time 5 Minutes

The sun is shining making it the perfect time to get out in the fresh air as a family

From what you need in your beach bag to how to stay safe in the sun, here's everything you need to know.

Beach Bag Must-Haves

A well-packed beach bag is make or break for a day on the sand

Bucket and spade beach set

Bucket and spade beach set, £40 Liewood at Baby at the Bank, Corbridge

SPF 50+ Sun Cream for very sensitive skin

SPF 50+ Sun Cream for very sensitive skin, £21.85 Avène at Boots, branches regionwide

Classic ring float

Classic ring float, £46 Petites Pommes at

Tiny Cottons ice-cream towel,

Tiny Cottons ice-cream towel, £32 Snügg, Sheffield

Summer tote

Summer tote, £155 Manebi at Fenwick, York

child with sun cream sunshine drawn on his back

Sun Safety

Experiencing severe sunburn, particularly in childhood, increases the risk of developing skin cancer in later life, so it’s really important to protect everyone from the potentially damaging effects of the sun. Children’s skin is much more sensitive than adults’, so it is especially necessary to be diligent when it comes to applying their sunscreen.

Clothing should always be your first line of defence against damage from the sun. Cover as much of the skin as possible, paying special attention to the shoulders, which burn easily. Consider T-shirts and hats even when in the water, and a wide brim hat is best, as it will shade the head, face, ears and neck.

UV radiation can also damage the eyes, and so sunglasses with good quality lenses that filter out the UV are essential. Styles that wrap around, and so do not allow sun in at the sides, are best.

No sunscreen provides absolute protection, so it should be used with other lines of defence, and not alone. Generously apply sunscreen with SPF30 or more to all areas of skin to be exposed to the sun. A waterproof sunscreen is better, even if you don’t have water babies, as it protects better from sweat. Apply the sunscreen 20–30 minutes before going outside, and at least every two hours and don’t forget to protect their lips using an SPF30+ lip balm. Also check the expiry date of any sunscreen, as out-of-date sunscreen will not be as effective.

It goes without saying that keeping kids in the shade is a good way of protecting them from the sun, especially in the middle of the day, between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.

(N)ice Pops

Cool down this summer with these delicious strawberry and kiwi ice pops. Made with fresh fruit, they’re a healthier alternative that the kids will love, plus making them is the perfect summer holiday activity. Get the full recipe here.

Summer Stripes
Reversible sun ha

Reversible sun hat, £15 Piccalilly, Settle

Striped sliders

Striped sliders, £11 Marks & Spencer, branches regionwide

Polarised sunglasses

Polarised sunglasses, £32

Stripe baseball cap

Stripe baseball cap, £14 JoJo Maman Bébé, branches regionwide

Seersucker stripe shorts

Seersucker stripe shorts, £18 JoJo Maman Bébé, branches regionwide

Cut-out detail swimsuit

Cut-out detail swimsuit, £16.99 Zara, branches regionwide

Sonia Rykiel sleeveless dress

Sonia Rykiel sleeveless dress, £119 Kids Around, Metrocentre

Board shorts with pockets

Board shorts with pockets, £29 Lilian Daph, Saltburn

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