Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

Ahhh! Finally, it’s officially summertime! Is it me or was this the longest winter ever? It seemed as though we skipped spring entirely! But que sera, sera. These sunny skies will be here for at least a little while longer, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than to spend time with your happy little baby. To help make sure it’s all ‘fun in the sun’ and not ‘burn in the sun,’ here are a few products to stock up on this summer.

SPF Apparel

Lands End

If you’re tired of showing up to the pool only to find a million other ‘Gap’d’ out babies, visit http://www.LandsEnd.com for stylish bathing suits and adorable (and practical) UPF 50 clothing. With swim hats, swim trunks, rash guard suits, swim diaper covers, terry cover-ups, towels, shoes and T-shirts, this is a one-stop shop for all of your baby’s summer clothing needs!

MoBoleez and Baby Legs Cool

BabyLegs Cool! And MoBoleez Breastfeeding Hat

For a little extra sun protection, try BabyLegs Cool!, a new design from BabyLegs that features a light weight, breathable fabric with an extra UV coating to protect little legs during the warmer months. And for you breastfeeding moms out there, leave those annoying nursing covers at home and grab an adorable MoBoleez breastfeeding hat. It has a “stay on head sideways” design, which means that once the hat is on, it’ll stay on. While the big brim gives mom a little privacy (and keeps the baby’s head protected), it doesn’t cover up the breastfeeding; it celebrates it in a fun sort of way! http://www.moboleez.com

My First Sunglasses

Whenever the sun hits my infant’s eyes, he dramatically responds by turning his head back in forth as if he’s yelling, “My eyes! My eyes!” Well, he can relax now that he has a pair of My First Sunglasses. These cool shades, perfect for ages 0-24 months, are comfortable (there’s a soft, wide elastic band so the glasses stay put), they come in funky patterns and they offer 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays. http://www.mfseyewear.com

Suncare


California Baby, Baby Silk Towelettes from MD Moms, Supergoop!

California Baby
California Baby is the answer to all of your baby’s suncare needs. In addition to their wide selection of sunscreens (SPF 18, SPF 30, moisturizing lotion, no fragrance lotions, sunscreen stick, citronella, etc.), their SPF Swimmer’s Defense Shampoo & Body Wash is formulated to gently remove chlorine and copper deposits as well as product build up in your baby’s hair. And the Soothing & Healing Spray is easy to spray on kids who can’t wait to get in the water. http://www.californiababy.com

Baby Silk’s easy-to-use SPF 30 sunscreen towelette packs from MD Moms are a diaper bag must-have! Now also available in convenient single-application packets, these award-winning, dermatologist approved soft wipes are saturated with a gentle, sweat-proof, broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen to protect, soothe and moisturize even the youngest baby’s skin. Each wipe contains enough sunscreen to cover baby from head to toe, with no fuss and no mess. http://www.mdmoms.com

The designer clothes you bought at Barneys would look terrible with tan lines and sunburns, right? So while you’re there, pick up some Supergoop! for yourself and your infant. This organic suncare line is designed to make your life simple. Supergoop!’s products include the little details that make application a breeze from multi-packs and flip-tops for one handed application to large-sized products with brackets for wall-mounting (up to 52 ounces!). Visit http://www.Supergoop.com and http://www.barneys.com.

Baby Gear

Baggino

Baggino Combination Diaper Bag-n-Belt Changing Belt

The word cumbersome comes to mind when thinking about all the summer-related gear you’ll need at the beach this summer. Well, get organized with the oh so practical Baggino Combination Diaper Bag-n-Belt Changing Belt. This bag keeps all of your diaper changing accoutrements accessible (you can actually wear it like a tool belt) and organized (the specially designed instant access wipe compartment is my favorite part)! Seriously, this is the best diaper bag to bring with you to the beach. It’s durable enough to last you multiple summers at the pool!
http://www.Baggino.com

Sunmate

SunMate – Measures the Sun’s Ultraviolet Intensity

Don’t let a few clouds fool you. SunMate gives you the knowledge to have fun in the sun safely while measuring the intensity of the Sun’s strength. This small, easy to use device allows you to take immediate action to protect yourself and your family. http://www.purelyproducts.com/products/sunmate/

With these products, your baby can have some major fun in the sun while you sit back and enjoy your worry-free summer knowing your kids are safe!

Originally published June 2009
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