5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun
This post is in partnership with Banana Boat Canada and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Summer is here and if you’re anything like me you are going to milk every single sunny day for all it’s worth and try to get outdoors with the family. I am trying to give my kids the summer that us 80’s kids had but with the knowledge that is available now. 

What does that look like? 

It means that even though my older kids are sometimes outside playing from sun-up until sundown I make sure they know how to stay safe. Sometimes that means they take charge of themselves and other times my neighbours can hear me calling my kids home to reapply their sunscreen.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun

Check UV index. When you wake up in the morning check the UV index on your local news station or weather network website. If the UV index is medium to high you may want to plan your day with activities that don’t involve being out and exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. A day spent exploring a local, and air-conditioned, museum or watching a movie at a theatre will keep everyone safer than being outdoors. 

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Keep Kids Indoors from 10 AM to 4 PM. This is the time when the sun is directly overhead and at it’s strongest and hottest. It is so easy to get heat stroke and sunburnt if you are not protected adequately.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

Buy Protective Gear. During the summer it is important that kids wear not only sunscreen, but you keep as much as their skin covered as possible. Clothes and sunhats can be bought that are made from light, breathable materials and sunglasses to protect their eyes is a great idea if you want to err on the side of caution. Full disclosure some days my kids are out back with just their underwear on jumping through the sprinkler, but we make sure to reapply their sunscreen often and especially when they are playing in the water or sweating. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

Put Sunscreen on 15 Minutes Before You Go Out. For my kids, that means that they have to apply sunscreen before they even eat breakfast but getting them into the routine of doing it before they got dressed in the morning has made sure we’ve had enough time to let the sunscreen do its job. Even though all four of my kids have inherited my husband’s dark skin we still make sure they are safe. 

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Reapply Sunscreen Throughout the Day. Sunscreen only works for so long and needs to be reapplied often if you are out in the sun. A general rule of thumb is to reapply every 80 minutes, or immediately after swimming, sweating or towel-drying.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion 5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

We’ve been a Banana Boat family for as long as I remember, and I am pretty sure my momma slathered it on us as well growing up. This year Banana Boat has come out with their new Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion and I jumped at the chance to try out an even better way to protect my kids from a brand I already used. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

The Simply Protect™ Kids lotion and spray sunscreens provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with 25% fewer ingredients. You can say goodbye to oxybenzone, parabens, added oils and fragrances and hello to a new, minimal-ingredient formula that is super mild and gentle enough for even the most delicate skin.

#MomHack tip of the day is to have a bottle of sunscreen with you always. We keep one at home, in the car and in our diaper bag so that it’s always at arms reach.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

The Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion is water-resistant so I can sit back and let the kids jump through the sprinkler until they are exhausted. When it comes time to reapply 80 minutes later I gladly take over applying the tear-free, lightweight formula. They may be impatient but thankfully it is easy to rub in so they can either get back to the fun or head indoors for some sweet, sweet A/C.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

Available in SPF 50+ and in both a lotion and spray format head to your fave retailer to pick your up. Head on over to the Banana Boat website to learn more about their products and to find one that is suitable for your families needs. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sun Banana Boat® Simply Protect™ Kids Sunscreen Lotion

This post is in partnership with Banana Boat Canada and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

12 Comments

  1. kathy downey
    June 26, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    Banana boat has always been our family favorite sunscreen

  2. June 26, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Banana boat is the best!! Thanks for the tip about checking the UV index. I didn’t even know I could do that lol

  3. Debbie WhiteBeattie
    June 27, 2018 / 3:04 am

    I remember growing up when there was no sunscreen but I wish I had started young like they do today

  4. kristen visser
    June 27, 2018 / 9:59 am

    That is what my hubby got a week ago for our girls. Now we have to take care of mommy and daddy 🙂 I like the spray on sunscreen from Banana Boat. it’s on the list

  5. Erin N
    June 27, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Skin protection is so important! I am always putting on suncreen.. Thank you so much for the tips!

  6. Rosanne Robinson
    June 27, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Banana Boat is the only sunscreen we use!

  7. kathy downey
    June 28, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    These are great tips.The photos are very nice !

  8. Lynda Cook
    July 2, 2018 / 1:29 am

    The way this sun has been we all need to be well protected from the rays, even while in the shade!!

  9. nicky
    July 6, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the tips – it’s so important to prevent sunburns!

  10. Stephanie N
    July 9, 2018 / 9:12 am

    That’s great this one is tear free, I’m always worried about the cream near the kids eyes.

  11. July 10, 2018 / 10:13 am

    very helpful. although I avoid going out in sun but a good sunscreen is must.

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