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Dressing Your Toddler For Summer


With this scorching heatwave we've been lucky enough to have this summer its only natural to want to wear as little as possible. However it's essential that we still dress our little ones in the right clothing to protect them from the sun as much as it is possible. It's best to keep your toddler out of the sun when it's at it's peak between 10am and 4pm although this is easier said than done so it's best to be prepared!

Here are some tips I've put together for dressing your toddler for summer, from head to toe, to keep them cool yet protected for the suns harmful rays.

Clothing

Cotton is a must have in the summer months, it allows air to reach your toddler's body to breathe and won't stick to their skin. Try and stick to lighter colours such as white and yellow as darker colours absorb heath rather than reflect it. I usually let Amelia wander around the house in just a nappy and a pair of cute frilly nickers in this heat and if we are going I put on a light cotton dress or T-shirt to keep her cool. Baby's sweat just like us adults so you don't want to be layering them up and overheat them. 

For the beach or pool there are many swimsuit options and many have UPF 50+ which will help protect their delicate skin for longer. 

Shoes

To ensure your toddler's little footsies are protected outside from tripping over, splinters, standing in dirt and stubbed toes it's best to ensure they are wearing some form of footwear. In this weather flip-flop sandals or jelly shoes are most commonly worn. Aqua shoes for boys and girls are great for the beach as well as pool days and will protect their feet. 

Hats

Depending on whether your toddler will keep it on their head, a hat is must have summer essential! It will keep their head cool and out of the suns UV rays as well as protect their forehead from catching the sun. You can also find a great selection of hats which have a neck guard too which is important for at the beach or long periods in the sun.

Sunglasses

This is another great item to have if your toddler will keep them on. Sunglasses are very important for protecting the eyes from sun damage. It's always best to purchase a pair with 100% UVA and UVB protection to ensure that the lenses block out the harmful rays. Buying a pair with a strap may be a good idea for an active toddler as they won't fall of when they are running about and look for a pair that is bright or a specific character that your toddler recognises, it may help them to want to wear them. 

Do you have any tips for dressing your toddler during the summer months?


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85 comments

  1. Great advice to everyone who in charge of a precious bundle this so far 'hot' summer. Thanks for all the reminders. Sometimes we tend to 'forget'.

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  2. Katherine Penny27 July 2013 at 18:34

    Some brilliant advice there thank you x

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  3. great advice for the heatwave and lots of little things we sometimes forget thank you xx

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  4. this is great advice though my granddaughter keeps taking her hat off
    @bella97p

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  5. my daughter refuses to wear a hat and she has very little hair grrr

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  6. Eurgh! I struggle with hats she will not wear one, never has!

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  7. debbie godbolt28 July 2013 at 01:07

    great post lovely pick :)

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  8. Lovely post and the photo is so professional!

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  9. Fab advice. When using flip flops and jelly shoes try them out for short periods indoors first. My granddaughter's seemed fine in the shop but rubbed her ankle after a short time.
    Your photographs are super!

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  10. Some excellent advise here :)

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  11. These are great tips for a new to be mum! X

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  12. Much needed advice with the sun.

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  13. Thanks for fantastic advice

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  14. great advice, will certainly use it for the future

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  15. thank you for the advice :) it's so important to keep toddlers sun safe :)

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  16. Do hats not have elastic to put under the chin to keep them on these days?

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  17. Great advice :) I have 5 little ones & getting them all ready to go out in the sun can be a bit of a chore - worth it in the en though x

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  18. amazing advice really help me with my son who nearly 2 years old thank u so much xxx

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  19. Great advice. My toddler refuses to wear a hat or sunglasses but loves sitting in her little tent in the garden. We spend a lot of time playing or having lunch in there to keep her out of the sun in the middle of the day.

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  20. Definitely a hat, and t shirts with sleeves but also make sure there is plenty of shade to play in as well

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  21. Hopefully more schools and child-carers will take this advice to help protect in the sun.

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  22. all children should be looked after in the sun

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  23. i love the furniture it is so beautyfull and it would be great to win some

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  24. great advice. i'm constantly worrying (this is his first summer!)

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  25. Great advice, so simple to keep lightweight cotton clothes on, yet so many people dont think!

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  26. fab! such a shame we see the on the news how poor babies are sun burnt

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  27. Freddy Greaves28 July 2013 at 23:04

    Great advice - will pass it on

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  28. such a cute picture. babies should always be dressed appropriately for the summer! i do find with one of mine i have to keep replacing his hat thogh, he always takes it off!

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  29. always have a selection of sun hats, little ones can get affected by the sun very quickly.

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  30. I wish I could scream from the rooftops about putting suncream on the kids. I see so many out playing that are tanned so much.

    As for clothes, something loose and made of cotton is best.

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  31. She's gorgeous! Love a good sun hat!

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  32. she looks lovely in pink!

    I always keep a bonnet on my littleun, stylish and protective :D

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  33. Thanks for the useful advice! x

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  34. Great advice, the main problem I find though is that my little one doesn't like hats and keeps taking it off.

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  35. Good advice - always a challenge to keep hats on and kids safe in the sun

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  36. My friends little one is obsessed with sunglasses, he wears up to 3 pairs at a time! x

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  37. I was always told to keep little ones indoors between ten and three as sun is hottest then.

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  38. Fabulous advice for anyone with a little girl, although my little one refuses to keep her sunglasses on!

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  39. Gorgeous photo! (and good advice... :) )

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  40. Always nice to hear other peoples advice,thank you :)

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  41. I agree that a hat is an absolute essential for the little one when out and about

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  42. some great suggestions thank you :-)

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  43. Definitely useful to have a strap on the sunglasses!

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  44. My little boy just will not wear sunglasses at all but he tends to go inside the house when it's sunny as he doesn't like bright sunlight.

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  45. thank you for the advice :)

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  46. good advice. cotton is so much better than man made fabrics for little ones

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  47. My eldest boys hates having anything on his head, eg hats, sunglasses, so I try to keep him out of the son. My youngest has very fair hair so he gets out even less :(

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  48. really good advice with there was more about when my kids were younger

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  49. some very good advice here :)

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  50. Some fab tips to get through these hot weeks.

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  51. Great tips, I always worry when my daughter is in the sun.

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  52. Really good tips :) and your daughter is so cute!

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  53. Helpful blog and summer outfits are soooo cute

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  54. Great advice. Summers can make children troubled.

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  55. I love reading your blog, its full of interesting information.

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  56. Super advice. I smooth my boy in sun cream-I'd much rather a little bit of complaining from him that a lot of complaining when he gets burnt!

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  57. Very good advice - it's a shame to see some toddlers in their pushchairs, in full sun - I just hope they're smothered in cream!

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  58. I have seen so many sunburnt people wandering around recently, terrible!

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  59. lots of brilliant advice thankyou x

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  60. Great advice. I live in Bournemouth and have heard reports of some babies being taken to A&E with third degree burns, I can't believe people can be so stupid.

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  61. Samantha Smith busybeesshop@hotmail.co.uk29 July 2013 at 18:16

    Great post. Before I had a baby I wasn't aware of any of the products like Banz (sunglasses etc).

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  62. Deffinutly agree with the hats!! Fab post ! xx

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  63. Some brilliant advice there thank you

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  64. and don't foget the suntan lotion..to be worn at all times outdoors in the sun

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  65. I slap some all day sun block (50+) on my kids before I put their clothes on in the morning, then I don't miss anywhere, and don't have to think about it if we decide to go out, or if the sun comes out while we're out!

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  66. My boys are not allowed out without a floppy hat on - if it comes off they go back inside - cannot stand to see babies with bare heads in the hot sun.

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