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Best Sun Protective Gear and Clothing for Kids

UV protective hats, tents, swimwear, rash guards and more

Ella Gonchar

Published on: July 18, 2023

Toddler sitting on the beach wearing sun protection hat, sunglasses and rash guard
A child wearing sun protection hat, sunglasses and a rash guard is ready for a fun day at the beach.

As summer approaches and the sun starts peeking out from behind the clouds, the ever-important question of sun protection for kids arises once again. Getting little kids to wear sunscreen can be a battle but thankfully sunscreen isn’t the only way to keep your little one’s skin safe.

These days there is a huge selection of excellent sun protective gear to help keep your family safe from the sun's harmful rays. We have compiled a list of top-rated products that will allow your kids to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, without getting a sunburn.

3-piece swimsuit set

Kids will love this cute 3-piece set from UV Skinz that comes in a wide variety of colors and themes. It's lightweight and quick-drying and offers a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+. 

Arm sleeves for kids 

Protective arm sleeves from Newbyinn come in a variety of colors and can be worn with a favorite t-shirt or dress. They are a great way to keep arms protected on a sunny summer bike ride or hike. 

Sun protection swim jacket

This adorable swim jacket from Flap Happy is perfect for easy on-off sun protection. With UPF 50+ and an easily accessible front zipper, your little one will be ready for a day at the beach or pool.  

Best sun hats for kids

This hat from Flap Happy is ideal for babies and is fitted with a foam brim and a swim flap that's perfect for keeping your baby’s skin safe from all angles. It comes in an array of different colors and will keep your kiddo covered for any summer adventure.

If you have a hard time convincing your kids to wear a hat, these animal-themed sun hats from Addie & Tate should do the trick. With a UPF of 50+ and a variety of color options, you don’t have to worry about sunburn. 

This wide brim beach hat from HGGE is a great solution to keep your kiddo’s face and neck safe, while still keeping their hair out of the way. To stay cool in the warm summer months, this adjustable hat comes with a ponytail hole to keep longer hair tidy. 

Rash guards for kids

Rash guards are the best way to keep your child’s skin safe from the sun while they are splashing around in the pool or lake. These SPF 50+ rash guards from Primary are sustainably made and come in a variety of sizes, colors and sleeve lengths to fit your child’s needs. 

Sun tents and cabanas

Easily portable and UV protective, this tent from the WolfWise Store is perfect for a day trip to the beach or park. It pops up and folds down quickly, so you and your kiddos can enjoy more of your time in the sand.  

Or try this impressive beach cabana from EasyGo. It is the perfect way to stay shaded on your summer outings. Waterproof and UV protective, this cabana packs down nicely in its carry bag for the ultimate beach day. 

Sunglasses for kids

These stylish Babiators are ideal for keeping your little one’s eyes safe. They offer excellent UVA and UVB protection. They are lightweight, durable and have shatter-resistant lenses.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published several years ago and updated most recently in 2023.

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