We are in the heat of summer and while some of us love to bask in the sun others, like babies, can'??t handle prolonged periods of exposure. In fact, babies under 6 months aren'??t supposed to wear sunscreen so now that I have a summer baby I have been searching for alternatives to protect my child like UPF-protected blankets and t-shirts. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about Coolibar, a company that develops sun-protective clothing, sun hats, sun protection swimwear, sunglasses, umbrellas, sunscreens and sunblock whose products are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and contain 50 UPF '?? meaning they block 98% of the sun'??s rays. One product I was really excited to test out was the Coolibar sun protective baby blanket, which arrived just in time after the birth of my newborn.
With my new baby in tow, I draped the morning sky baby blanket over her head and set out for a walk in our neighborhood. Made of Coolibar's own ZnO Suntect fabric, particles of zinc oxide - an ingredient that is used in sunscreen, I loved how lightweight and soft the cotton/bamboo/spandex blend felt as it protected her head, arms and legs. As we were walking, I also noticed how breathable the material was and that it didn'??t cause my baby to sweat or become fussy with the heat. When we made our way into some stores, I loved how lightweight and compact the blanket was when I removed it '?? no need to worry about having extra diaper bag space. As we made out way back home, it was exciting to discover a product that is both stylish, comfortable and even better protects my baby against the sun '?? making it easier to enjoy days outdoors. The blanket, also available in white, crisp aqua and melon, retails for $24.00 and can also be used for a toddler.
Coolibar also has a fantastic line of kids t-shirts, rompers, sun hats, body suits and shorts and fashionable adult sun-protective clothing like hats, sundresses, pants and blouses. For additional information, please visit: http://www.coolibar.com/
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.com.
MomTrends was not paid for this post. We were given a blanket to test out.