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Beach Day Essentials

Beach Day Essentials

Hooray for the summer and long days at the beach! While we love fun in the sun, we also know that being prepared aka being equipped with an arsenal of stuff is a part of the beach game with kids. From our favorite strollers, sunscreen and clothing, here are some ways that we are going to be prepared this summer at the beach.

Total Sunblock 7' Umbrella

Sun protection: For the ultimate in sun protection, we love the Total Sunblock 7' Umbrella. Made by Rio Brands, this incredible sun umbrella offers incredible protection as you enjoy a day at the beach. This includes a system that is lab tested to block 99.8% UVA and UVB rays that also features a cool and innovative shape to provide more protection that your traditional beach umbrella. We also love how easy it was to place in the sand and how it resisted wind thanks to its strong steel pole and ribs and sturdy integrated anchor. 

Little Leaves Protective Clothing

Protective Clothing: It is obvious that the sun is really strong in the summer, and to stay protected on the beach we love to use sunscreen and wear protective clothing. For the kids we love the brand Little Leaves Clothing Company. This brand offers a fantastic selection of protective playwear against ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB). The UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of clothing rates the fabric’s effectiveness in blocking UV radiation. Most traditional clothing has a UPF of less than 30. Little Leaves clothes have a UPF of 50+, which means our shirts and pants effectively block over 98% of UV radiation. Little Leaves’ unique fabric blend includes bamboo, cotton and spandex to maintain high quality material for sunprotection that is lightweight and comfortable for kids. This rich bamboo blend allows the material to be hypoallergenic, antibacterial and absorbent, making them perfect for all skin types, especially for children with sensitive skin or other skin conditions. This includes some favorites like the Girls Sun Protective Spring Birds Shirt and the Boys Sun Protective Chameleon Shirt - both of which blocks over 98% of ultraviolet radiation that causes sun burns, skin damage and skin cancer. 

Another favorite is Coolibar, a sun protective clothing brand where you can discover a complete line of stylish sun-safe clothing for men, women and children. This includes pieces that are UPF 50+, which blocks 98 percent of harmful UV rays such as dresses to fitness wear to sun accessories and more. Currently, our favorite piece from Coolibar is the chic Beach Cover-Up, a silky and super soft shirt that is made with their SUNTECT® polyester/spandex blend. I love wearing this to the beach, and since it is so lightweight and comfortable, as a fashion piece with shorts and leggings. I also love the style of this cover-up, which is poncho-like with wide, flowing sleeve openings with a removable belt.

w Maclaren Mark II Umbrella Stroller
w Maclaren Mark II Umbrella Stroller
Maclaren Mark II Umbrella Stroller

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Lightweight Stroller: My younger (soon-to-be middle) daughter loves to walk but after a long day at the beach she is ready to take a load off and relax in our new Maclaren Mark II Umbrella Stroller. As their lightest stroller ever, I love taking this beach (it weights in at 7.3 lbs) where I can easily maneuver the wheels thanks to its 4-wheel suspension and ergonomic break system. It also includes a UPF 50+ extra-large hood with a built-in sun visor that is also waterproof. Another bonus for car trips to the beach is that it features a one-hand fold, easy foot breaks and the ability to fold with one hand. When my daughter isn't in the stroller I can also lift it with one hand and it is ample storage for all of our buckets and beach gear.

Kid Couture Boutique
Kid Couture Boutique

Swimsuits for Kids: From the beach to the pool we go through multiple swimsuits during the summer. One of our favorites is the super cute Aqua Mermaid Swimsuit from Kid Couture Boutique. This cute suit features adorable fish accents complete with a shimmering sequin coral star fish and ruffled fins. My daughter loves this as her mermaid suit as she splashes around happily on the beach.

Beach Umbrella: To stay protected in the sun, we also love theTotal Sunblock 7' Umbrella. This includes a lab tested umbrella that is designed to block 99.8% of UVA and UVB rays. It also features a cool and innovative shape to provide even more coverage than a traditional round umbrella.


Sun Protection: For the ultimate in sun care we love Coppertone and their new light and fast absorbing sunscreen lotions and clean application from sunscreen sprays. This includes the COPPERTONE SPORT® AccuSpray and the COPPERTONE® CLEARLYSheer. The AccuSpray is a great way for adults to have control of their application experience through a new targeted, continuous spray sunscreen technology as well as a way to reduce overspray, mess and waste. The ClearySheer is another new favorite that was developed for women who want sunscreen options customized for some of the many occasions when they are out in the sun. All of the CLEARLYSheerformulas feel fresh and clean on skin, won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, and offer broad spectrum protection to help decrease the risk of early skin aging caused by the sun.


For the kids, we love Mustela, Europe’s leading baby skincare and stretch marks brand, who recently launched a line of sun products that are 100% mineral-based. This includes naturally derived sunscreen filters such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide that is great for delicate and sensitive skin. This includes favorites like the SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, a water and sweat resistant formula that is perfect for the beach and water play and the SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick, a purse-sized stick for travel and sun care touch-up. Another bonus to this line is that both were awarded the Melanoma International Foundation’s Seal of Approval, ensuring they will protect both you and baby. The Mustela® Sun products are available at,, Babies “R” Us, Buy Buy Baby and CVS Pharmacy.

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