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Towels? Check. Umbrellas? Check. Sunscreen? Triple-check. You’ve got all the adult beach essentials ready to go. But what about your little swimmer-in-training?
Pull out the packing list—we’ve got your family beach day needs covered.
From sunshine to wet waves, your child’s wardrobe will need to brave the elements on the shore. That’s why we’ve assembled the top beach must haves for toddlers. With our kid-friendly guide, family beach day will stay fun and stress-free from sun-up to sun-down.
Of course, swimwear is one of the top beach essentials for toddlers and adults—but our UPF baby girl swimwear isn’t your average one-piece.
What SPF is to sunscreen, UPF (or Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is to clothing. If you are wondering, “What is UPF clothing,” UPF measures the percentage of sun rays that any fabric blocks. The higher the UPF, the more UV light stays off your little splasher’s skin beneath their clothes.
You might think—doesn’t all clothing block sunlight? As it turns out, average shirts have microscopic holes that still let sun exposure in. Depending on the thickness, weave, color, and fabric used in production, clothing ranges across the UPF spectrum with measurements like:
Why choose a UPF bathing suit when SPF is right there? For kids, sunscreen can get a little tricky.
Chemical formulas, reapplication, and partial-UV blockage all make sunscreen a less stable form of sun protection (and unsafe for babies). On the other hand, UPF swimsuits are the perfect summer baby essentials and offer sun protection that’s:
When they’re splashing in the waves, a UPF 50+ baby girls or boys bathing suit with adorable designs will keep them safe and stylish.
Between the sunshine and the ocean breeze, your little one’s head needs some protection on the beach. Keep that noggin shaded and secure with the proper headwear.
Over a long beach vacation, these toddler beach essentials can shield your child’s face, neck, and crown. Try out some of these cute accessories for all-day protection:
Protective eyewear is a beach essential for all ages. Like with skin, UV rays can actually cause immediate and long-term sun damage to the eyes. Protect those peepers with UV-blocking sunglasses fit for kids. Our baby girl sunglasses feature stylish designs for toddler-size heads.
The best part? They come with certified full-spectrum UV ray protection.
For the car ride up there (and for the post-swim snacks), they’ll need something besides their wet clothes to stay dry and warm. A water-friendly and absorbent cover-up is the way to go.
From robes to long sleeve shirts, there’s a cover-up to fit every small swimmer. Look for designs that are:
You and your little swimmer deserve a carefree beach trip. It all starts with bringing the toddler beach essentials—and there’s no better place to begin packing than at Ruffle Butts.
From UPF baby girl swimsuits to sunglasses, our designs combine quality protection with adorable looks. The result? A hassle-free beach day and a picture-worthy moment. Beyond the beach necessities for toddlers, RuffleButts also has the everyday clothing essentials you need— featuring everything from rompers and tops to sweaters and jackets.
Shop RuffleButts today to build their comfiest and cutest wardrobe yet.
FDA. Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/should-you-put-sunscreen-infants-not-usually
Hopkins Medicine. How to Protect Your Eyes from UV Damage. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/how-to-protect-your-eyes-from-uv-damage
Skin Cancer Foundation. Sun Protective Clothing. https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-prevention/sun-protection/sun-protective-clothing/