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Baby Sun Potection - A Baby Sun Hat

Updated on October 8, 2012

Baby sun hat UPF 50+ block 99% harmful UVA +B sun rays

Baby Sun Protection

A sun hat for your baby will go a long way to ensuring his safety while out in the hot sunthis summer. Baby's delicate skin needs to be protected from the UV rays of the sun that can damage his tender skin. A sun hat will also protect his eyes from the harsher rays of the sun, whilst keeping him a little bit cooler than if he was fully exposed.

You should always keep your baby out of the hot summer sun as much as possible, because their tiny bodies can't sweat and disperse the heat the way adult bodies can, and so they are are more likely to overheat leading to serious illness.

A baby sun hat will go a long way towards protecting your baby this summer.

Always dress your baby is a light layer of clothing and make sure he is wearing a high factor sunscreen on all exposed skin. Keep him in the shade where at all possible, and put a baby sun hat on his head when out and about.

A baby sun hat will will ensure your baby is protected against the hot summer sun.

UPF 50+ baby sun hat at Amazon

Baby sun hat

Baby sun hat courtesy of amazon
Baby sun hat courtesy of amazon

What is a baby sun hat with UPF 50+?

UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is the industry standard for determining how much of the potentially harmed UV rays of the sun pass through the fabric.

The more spaced out the weave of the fabric, its color, weight and type of fabric will all contribute to its UPF rating. A spaced out weave in a light color will let in a lot more sun that a tight weave in dark colors.

A UPF of 15+ allows manufacturers to label their clothes as sun protective, and the sun protective scale goes up to 50+, which is the maximum.

A rating of 50 will allow 1/50th of the suns rays through, which is only 2%, giving 98% sun protection.

Fabrics when stretched or wet lose their UPF, so if your child or baby is playing in full sun while wearing a white T-shirt that then gets wet, it will lose practically al its protectiveness.

T-shirts when dry offer only a UPF of 7, and much less when wet. It is far better to kit your child out with sun protective clothing if at all possible.

If your child is wearing such a T shirt, it is even more important to buy him a wide brimmed sun hat to help shade his body from the sun rays, and a baby sun hat for younger children.

Sun Guard

Sun Guard is a laundry additive that a company called Rit has developed. Sun Guard when added to normal family wash places an invisible film on all clothing that increases the sun protector factor, and can last up to 20 washes.

It is well worth considering buying Sun Guard and washing all your children's summer clothing in it to give them added protection when playing out in the sunshine.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks - yes it is very important baby gets protection from the sun.

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      free4india 8 years ago

      Hmmm looks like my baby also will need a sun hat and your article has been informative.

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