Hello, sunshine! While sunshine brings the addition of fun days at the beach or the park, the harmful consequences of the sun can include painful sunburns and even an increased risk of skin cancer with prolonged exposure to UV (ultra- violet) radiation.
Clearly, none of us want those harmful consequnecs for our children, so UV sun protection clothing for babies offers new moms everywhere peace of mind. UV clothing has gained popularity as a safe and easy way to protect your baby from the sun’s harmful rays.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite sun protective gear like bathing suits, sun suits, hats, UV glasses, and other essentials that will protect your baby through infancy and beyond!
Our Top 10 of the Best Sun Protection Clothing for Babies
Notably the first clothing company to receive a seal of recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation, Coolibar offers a line of functional, high UPF (50+) sun protection clothing for babies and is our pick for best full-body coverage. This hooded one-piece makes complete coverage fashionable and easy. It’s made with UPF 50+ fabric that is salt water (and chlorine) resistant and perfect for a day at the beach or pool.
These suits are available in a variety of fun patterns and sizes. However, they currently only accommodate babies 6 months and older. We love that the hood adds head and neck protection, and its zippered front makes it easy to take on and off. The snap bottom is another added convenience making diaper changes quick and easy. Overall, we love this suit and recommend it for peace of mind during those extended days in the sun
This infant swimsuit has a UPF 50+ and is designed to block out UV radiation from the sun by more than 98%. NoZone suites are made in Canada and adhere to ethical manufacturing standards to produce durable and protective fabric that will last a long time. They are chlorine and salt water resistant, and since the UV protection is embedded in the fabric, it never washes out.
Our favorite feature? We love the double zipper system—the upper zipper makes it easy to take on and off, while the lower zipper makes diaper changes on-the-go a breeze. This lightweight suit is also easy to care for: just pop it in the wash on warm and tumble dry on low. We think NoZone is superior when it comes to UV sun protection clothing for babies, our only note is that the swimsuit is only 3/4 length (sleeves), so it doesn’t offer complete body coverage.
Swimzip founder Betsy Johnson was inspired to make UPF sun protection clothing after her own personal battle with skin cancer. As a mom herself, Betsy wanted to protect her children from the same fate, so she designed a sunsuit line that is fun, fashionable, and functionable. The Swimzip long sleeve romper swimsuit comes in a variety of fun prints and has UPF 50+, which blocks up to 98% of UVA and UVB rays.
We love that these swimzip rompers have a zipper that extends all the way down the front, making dressing and diaper changes easy. This sunsuit is available in sizes 0-6 months all the way to 3T/4T so it is a great option for toddlers as well. Most of the swimzip swimsuits are true to size, but the 0-6-month option won’t last long if your baby is a fast grower, so we recommend going up a size for longer wear.
This one-piece rash guard by Ruffle Butts is functional and cute, but these are just two of the reasons it makes our list of best sun protective clothing for babies. In addition to its adorable design, this one piece rash guard is equipped with long sleeves and made with UPF 50+ sun protective fabric—so your little one can have fun in the sun worry free. Available in a variety of patterns and sizes, each swimsuit has three rows of Ruffle Butts’ signature ruffles on the rear, and we simply cannot get enough of the cuteness.
We also love that the rear zipper makes dressing your baby a breeze, while the nickel-free snaps at the bottom allow for easy diaper changes. Care for this swimsuit is easy as well: simply hand wash and lay flat to dry. In addition to promising a quality product, Ruffle Butts swimsuits come with a 100% Happiness Guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied for any reason their customer service team will make it right!
Babiators is on a mission to raise “Eye-Q” and educate parents on the importance of protective eyewear for children! Each pair of these aviator inspired shades is equipped with UV400 lenses and offers 100% UVA and UVB protection. We love that they are BPA-free, made with shatter-resistant lenses, and have flexible rubber frames.
Since these Babiators Sunglasses are available in newborn sizes, they undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are baby safe. Additionally, these sunglasses come with a one-year guarantee, so if your little one loses or breaks them within that year, Babiators will replace them free of charge (you just cover shipping).
These stylish baby shades are made in Italy and come in fun colors any mom would love, like “Kelly Kapowski Pink” (who remembers “Saved by the Bell?”) Boasting that they are 25% lighter than Babiators Baby Shades, these Roshambo sunglasses also have polarized lenses that are 100% UVA/B/C protective.
Designed with babies in mind, they use flexible (and durable) material that is soft to the touch and comfortable for tiny faces. We love all the fun color options and accessories available, but it is the overall quality that sets these sunglasses for babies above the rest. Additionally, Roshambo Baby Shades are “prescription ready,” so if your little one requires prescription lenses for vision, their team of licensed opticians can help. They even offer “try on kits” that allow you to test out frames on your baby at home so you can find the perfect pair.
Green Sprouts is a mother-daughter owned and operated company, with a mission of providing healthy and practical products for babies. Since health and safety is always our top priority, we love that the Brim Sun Protection Hat is OEKO-TEX® certified, which means the fabric has been tested for harmful substances and is deemed safe.
This lightweight hat is UPF 50+ and has an adjustable toggle, helping to provide secure protection from the sun all day. We adore all the sweet prints, and they’re versatile enough to be worn all year round.
Available in lots of charming prints, the Jan and Jul Floppy Bucket Hat also offers UV sun protection. The adjustable chin strap helps keep this hat in place while the kiddos play outdoors, and the wide brim provides plenty of shade. It’s made with breathable cotton and is foldable so it can easily fit into a beach or diaper bag.
Jan & Jul made safety a priority when designing this hat, with a break-away clip on the chin strap to minimize any risk of choking. Another standout feature we love is the “Gro-With-Me” drawstring head adjustment which guarantees a perfectly snug fit, making it a great option for babies of any age.
Originally designed in Australia to protect against the harsh sun, this popular bucket hat from Banz is part of their “Feel No Flare” collection. Made for babies and kids, this wide brimmed hat is adjustable so your little one can wear it for years. Available in a variety of funky prints it’s also reversible, offering two fun styles in one.
In addition to UVP 50+ sun hats, Baby Banz offers a full line of innovative “care wear”, including swimsuits and UV blocking sunglasses. We love the laid-back look of this functional line and recommend it to moms everywhere.
This blanket is perfect for sheltering your infant from the sun and because it’s made from a cotton/viscose blend from bamboo, it’s lightweight enough to keep your baby cool. We trust Coolibar products because they are recommended for their UV protectant fabrics by the Skin Cancer Foundation and this Baby Batibou Sun Blanket is no exception. It’s UPF 50+ and uses a fabric that offers the highest quality zinc oxide protection.
This blanket can be used daily, and is ideal for the pool, park, or backyard. Its machine-washable but be cautious, as it is not chlorine or salt water resistant. Despite that, we love all the different patterns and for under $30, it’s worth snagging more than just one!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my baby need to wear sunscreen and UV protective clothing?
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends keeping sunscreen at a minimum for babies under 6 months because they have such sensitive skin. Alternatively, they suggest keeping your baby in the shade whenever possible and when they are in the sun, to dress them in UV protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. Start using sunscreen once your baby is 6 months, and it’s advisable to still use UV protective clothing for added safety.
What’s the difference between UPF and SPF?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, is used to measure how much UV radiation fabrics or clothing can shield. For example: a rating of +50 UPF means that only 1/50 of UV rays can penetrate, offering your baby 98% UV protection. SPF or Sun Protection Factor pertains to the amount of time it will take for skin that is exposed to UV rays to redden (or burn), essentially measuring how long sunscreen will offer UV protection.
Does my baby need to wear protective clothing in the water?
Sun protective clothing is recommended, especially if your baby will be in the sun or water for extended periods of time. We recommend using it in collaboration with sunscreen if your baby is over 6 months, but unlike sunscreen, the UPF in clothing will not wash off, which makes it ideal for days at the beach or pool.