Keeping Children Safe In The Sun On Holiday: Tips & Products

Keeping Children Safe In The Sun On Holiday: Tips & Products

We’ve just come back from our first family holiday and I found the lead up such an anxious time. There is so much to remember, pack and prepare! Keeping children safe in the sun is just one of those worries. I spent a huge amount of time searching for products that would make me feel less anxious. With a toddler who loves being outdoors and a baby who does not sit still for more than 2 seconds at a time I needed all the help!

So I’ve compiled my tips, and some products for keeping children safe in the sun on holiday, into one place.

Cover Up

The most important purchase’s for us as a family were UV swimsuits and beach shoes. The swimsuits meant that most of their delicate skin was covered from the sun and beach shoes protected their little feet from the heat of the floor!

Something else that we could not have been without was our Snoozeshade. It provided a cool, dark place for Baby to sleep and kept me from worrying about her being in direct sunlight whilst she slept by the pool!

“It’s always been SO helpful on holidays to get both kids to nap during the day, and helped them to fall asleep in the sunny evenings so we could still enjoy ourselves!” Emily

keeping children safe in the sun

When searching for products I came across the UV Poncho Towel from Cuddledry. I cannot believe I didn’t know about such things before! And after watching Emily and Indiana’s review I’m gutted we didn’t get the girls one each.

Stay Out Of The Sun

This advice is all very well and good but if you had to stay out of the sun from 11am – 3pm on holiday – well there wouldn’t be much of the day left, would there? So instead we chose to find areas where there was a bit of shade so that the girls could take breaks. We also found that eating indoors instead of by the poolside meant they got a break from the sun.

“The wetsuits keep the kids shoulders and arms covered to help prevent burning and the neoprene fabric dries super fast, meaning that they can keep them on when they come out of the sea – they dry super fast and retain warmth so they don’t feel the cold.” – Kate

Apply Sunscreen

A pretty obvious one I think. Although I have seen a lot of people thinking that factor 50 means their children are fully protected. You need to make sure its water-resistant and still apply every few hours or more, especially after coming into contact with water. Also make sure you check the UVA rating on the bottle as not all have 5 stars!

“It’s so important to stay protected when out in the sun, regardless of where in the world you are, and Vichy and La Roche-Posay have such wonderful suncare ranges that I wholeheartedly recommend.” – Sophia

Keep Hydrated

So so important. Luckily both my girls are good drinkers but I still had to remind Little to drink frequently. Being busy on holiday it can be easy to forget. If using bottled water you need to ensure it has less than 200 mg a litre of sodium and no more than 250mg a litre of sulphate. Evian was our go to!

Set A Good Example

You can’t teach your children about keeping safe in the sun if you don’t do so yourself. Make applying sunscreen part of your family routine on holiday. All help each other apply it and make sure you drink enough water too!

Do you have any products you would add? I’d love to hear your top tips for keeping children safe in the sun!




  1. June 23, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Such good tips lovely! I definitely think more people need to know about the UVA rating as it’s so important! Thanks for including me 🙂 xx

  2. June 23, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Keeping hydrated is so important isn’t it. In this hot weather I have constantly been on at my kids to keep drinking. Great tips as well 🙂

  3. June 23, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Great advice. Find shade regularly, wear a hat and sunscreen and drink lots of water x

  4. June 23, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    The snoozeshade is essential for us on holiday, mostly because there is no way Little would nap without it.
    If you are staying somewhere with a freezer I find cheap ice lollies are a great way to keep kids (and parents) cool and hydrated.

  5. June 23, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Some great tips! especially the last one as I always make the kids put sunscreen on then never remember to do myself haha x

  6. June 23, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    These are really handy tips – planning on taking the little one on holiday towards the end of the year so have a bit of time to collect this gear!

  7. June 24, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Fantastic tips!! While we’ve had our summer now I think there is nothing wrong with preparing for the next big heat.. home or away xx

  8. June 27, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    These are great tips, we have a snoozeshade and I also take a uV pop up tent with us to nap or play in

  9. June 28, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Since we have been spending more of our holidays in Cyprus I have become obsessed with making sure the boys are safe in the sun. Its so hot out there compared to mainland Spain or Majorca (where we usually visit). Great tips and yes I agree setting a good example is priority

  10. June 29, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Great advice! I really need to make more of an effort to remember about myself when it comes to sun cream. I always make sure my 2 are covering in factor 50 but rarely remember about me!

  11. June 29, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Fab tips and loving the shade for that buggy. I always worry it’ll be too hot to cover the buggy but this looks breathable and light weight.

  12. June 29, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Thanks so much for including me lovely! I love these tips and tricks for keeping our littles safe in the sun. Important in the UK as well as on holidays abroad! xo

  13. June 30, 2017 / 7:44 am

    I am terrible for forgetting about the UK too. Just as important x

  14. June 30, 2017 / 8:15 am

    These are some really great tips. We use Mustela suncream which I’ve found to be amazing. We always give plenty of fruit and water to keep little hydrated – he’s definitely an outdoors baby, there is no stopping him when the sun is out!

  15. June 30, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Some really good tips here – safety is so important on holiday, it’s something I’ve definitely worried about before. We love our Snooze Shade also!

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