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Sun Safety

Child proof ready for the summer



Sun protection is more important than ever, especially for young children as they are often exposed, for lengthy periods, to the sun’s rays during endless hours spent playing outdoors. Without the appropriate sun protection there can be some serious risks to a child’s health from spending extensive time in the sun. Aside from the visible dangers of sunburn, over exposure from the sun’s harmful rays can also affect a child’s eyes and immune system.


While this can be a worry, ‘prevention’ is the ultimate solution in protecting your children from the sun’s harmful UV rays during the hot summer months.


Safetots have a wide range of sun and swimwear for children designed to keep them safe in the sun and water, enabling them to have fun in the sun whilst providing parents with peace of mind as they play in the hot outdoors. Safetots are home to a wide range of kids sun and swim products, designed to provide the ultimate in sun and swim safety, from beach shoes, Sun hats and UV protective sun wear to float suits, wet suits and many more swimming aids for children. There are many other sun safety solutions available thanks to Safetots wide range of child Sun Tents for keeping children shaded during peak sun hours at the beach or park and Sun Umbrellas, ideal for popping up anywhere whilst out and about with children. Safetots stock superior quality products that will prevent harmful UV sun rays from penetrating your child’s skin that may potentially cause lasting damage and illness in their adult life.


Some of Safetots leading brands include Konfidence and Jakabel, their great range of wet suits, UV jackets and float suits are specially designed for children to provide the ultimate sun protection and safety during play whilst in and out of the water.


Sun protective hats are an essential summer item of a child’s wardrobe in preventing sun related illnesses such as sun stroke, often caused from overexposure of the sun to the back of the neck and head. Sun hats are the ultimate child safety product when it comes to minimising intense sun exposure. Safetots have a variety of sun hats that are not only protective, but also come in a variety of fun designs, styles and colours aimed at children. Safetots sun hats are made from lightweight and comfortable UV50+ materials that offer a great level of comfort and maximum protection in the sun and water.  Given the potential harm caused by excessive sun exposure, Safetots sunhats are ideal for protecting tender little heads and are an essential part of every child’s summer wardrobe.


To explore our full range of child safety products contact us at Safetots Unit 7, The Orbital Centre, Gunnels Wood Road Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2NB United Kingdom, Telephone: +44 (0)1438 728888, email: info@safetots.co.uk

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Jun 28 ,2017

Protecting babies and toddlers in the sun


Damaging ultraviolet sun rays present a risk of skin cancer (melanoma), sunburn and heatstroke, some of the dangers caused by the hot sun and just a few of the reasons for protecting children as much as possible whilst they play in the sun.  So how can you keep your children safe during those hot summer months?

Avoid the midday sun.  Try to avoid taking your children out when the sun is at its peak, which is generally between 11am and 3pm and completely avoid exposing babies under 6 months to direct sunlight where possible. Should you need to venture out during peak hours, it’s advised that children should wear light-weight loose fitting clothing complete with sun hats that cover their ears and back of their necks.

Attach a buggy sun shade. When taking children out and about in a pushchair, pram or back carrier it’s important to shade and protect them with a suitable parasol or sun shade.  The Safetots Buggy Sun Shade is multifunctional and clips easily to most buggies, pushchairs, playpens and car windows. With a UPF50+ this versatile Safetots sunshade provides the ultimate protection from harmful ultraviolet sun rays.

Attach a sunshade to car windows.  If you are travelling by car ensure the car is cool before putting the children in and setting off.  Invest in car sun shades such as the Dino Sun Stoppers 2 Pack Baby Sun Shade and protect both front and rear facing children from sun and glare.  Car sun shades attach in seconds and fit most cars, mini vans and SUVs.

Apply sun screen.  Apply sun screen to young skin, 15 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors and every 2 hours there-after ensuring good coverage of the back of the neck and shoulders.  If your child ventures into water, it is recommended that you apply a water resistant sun screen and re-apply sun lotion once they are out of the water.  For children a sun screen with no less than SPF 15 with UVA and UVB protection is advised.  However a water resistant SPF 50+ provides the ultimate and best protection for young skin, keeping them safer for longer.

Stay hydrated. Most importantly, make sure children stay hydrated, frequently offer them plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.  If it proves challenging getting your infant to drink water, try making homemade fruit juice ice lollies, or offer diluted fruit juice.  If your baby is still breastfeeding they may require shorter and more frequent feeds. Offer bottle fed babies cooled boiled water in addition to their normal milk feeds.

There are many products available, designed to protect children from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays:

The Safetots Kids Sun Shelter – UV Protection Beach And Garden Tent provides the ultimate ultraviolet protection for children at the beach, park or simply in the garden.  With a UPF30, this spacious sun shelter keeps children safe in the sun whilst ensuring space for all the family.  The Safetots Kids Sun Shelter is durable and robust when erected yet folds into a small travel storage bag when packed away, designed for ease of packing for family holidays abroad. 

The Koo-DI Pack-It Sun and Sleep Stroller Cover fits most pushchairs, strollers & buggy's (including 3-Wheeler's) and is a compact "Pack-it Universal Sun and Sleep Shade", the ideal item to keep in the basket of your stroller or in your change bag at all times to protect your little one from the sun. Its blocks 93% of all UVA and UVB rays.

The Diono Solar Eclipse Sun Shade is a 2 in 1 car window shade that can either provide full shade or screen the shade but retain the view.  This two in one roll up window shade provides full shade protection of UPF50+.  The Diono Solar Max Car Window Sun Shade Pack Of 2 provides shade to both back, side windows. The Diono sun shades fix to windows with either suction cups or window hooks and come complete with a button rewind.

The Dreambaby Clip On Stroller Fan features soft foam fins, a flexible neck, on/off switch and an alligator clip. This clip on fan can be attached to most strollers, cribs and playpens and will keep your child cool during the summer months.

The LittleLife Family Beach Shelter is lightweight and simple to erect, provides sun protection for all the family and comes complete with a compact carry case with a shoulder strap for ease of travelling. This Little Life Beach tent is ideal for taking with you on beach holidays or simply to the park.  Providing protection of up to UPF50+ this sun tent provides the perfect shelter for your child during the hot weather. 

The Littlelife Arc 2 Travel Cot And Sunshade provides a safe and comfortable sleep zone for your child, complete with a sunshade this compact cot provides the perfect environment for your child to sleep safely away from home, on holiday or in the garden.  The Littlelife Travel Cot has insect proof mesh on the sides and top, is easy to erect and fold away and packs up into its own carry case when not in use.

The UV Shirt, Shorts and Sun Hat can be worn in and out of the water to provide the ultimate sun protection for your child, ideal for holidays or playing in the park. Fast drying swim and sun wear with protection up to UPF50+, the sun-hat, complete with a back flap further protects the neck as well as providing shade to the face thanks to its flat peak.

The Nsauk 3 In 1 All Weather Protector fits most infant car seats and travel systems. This lightweight and portable multi layered all weather protector provides UV protection from the sun thanks to the UV sunshade.  The splashproof rain cover provides protection in the rain and conveniently zips away when no longer required.  Comes complete with a thick mesh layer for ventilation and provides further protection from insects.

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Jun 20 ,2017

Holiday Sun & Swim Safety


For a few years now the government has followed the lead of a successful campaign launched in Australia about sun safety. The Slip, Slap, Slop campaign encouraged everyone to Slip on a T-Shirt, Slap on a hat and Slop on the sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays.


For babies and toddlers this is essential as their skin is thin and delicate and more easily damaged than an adults. However, the campaign has now gone three steps further and includes slamming on a pair of sunglasses, sipping water and whenever possible staying in the shade.


To ensure your little one is protected from sunburn while on holiday, in the garden or at the beach, we've put together this great range of products to cover the essentials of Slip, Slap, Slop, Slam, Sip and Stay. 'Slip' – Sun Suits & Socks Slipping on a t-shirt is fine but for a baby or toddler they need some extra protection so we recommend a sun suit which can eliminate 98% of the sun's harmful rays. With less skin exposed the suit also keep nappies in place and stops the sand from getting in.  


For the tot who likes to get in the sea or pool but still needs sun protection, a UV Suit With Floats already built in keeps them in a safe forward tilting position while in the water and has a +50 UPF. Safetots have a wide range of Konfidence Floatsuits for babies and infants to help keep them safe in the sun and water.  And don't forget their tiny toes. The feet have a very thin layer of skin covering them so protector socks or Beach Shoes will prevent sunburn as well as being non-slip.  'Slap' – Sun Hats, serve a variety of functions such as keeping the sun off your little one's head, keeping the sun out of their eyes and keeping them cool when playing out in the sun. Buy a sun hat that has a SPF +50 protection and one that has a brim or peak for shading the eyes. Some sun hats also have side and back flaps for added protection to the ears and neck.   


 'Slop' – Sunscreen / Sun Cream Normal sun cream bought in any chemist can irritate your child's skin because it's so sensitive at this tender age and standard creams can be quite harsh. You'll need something specially formulated that will provide the same level of protection while being kind to your baby and toddler's skin. Sun cream shouldn't be seen as an alternative to Sun Suits and Sun Hats but an addition to the protection you're providing your little ones particularly for those areas of the body that are exposed (i.e. the face, nose, hands etc.).  'Slam' – Sunglasses We don't recommend that you actually 'slam' a pair of sunglasses onto your tot's face but you should provide them with a decent pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes from UV rays. The UV400 category lenses will block out harmful UV radiation which can damage their vulnerable eyes and the neoprene strap will keep the sunglasses in place as they play. Sizes available for babies (up to 2 years of age) and toddlers (from 2 to 5 years-old).   'Sip' – Drinks bottles and cups of water are essential to prevent your baby or toddler becoming dehydrated in the heat. Safetots have a great range of baby cups and infant cups, the Munchkin click lock trainer cup, Clevamama training cup and the Dreambaby 7oz lose or re-use tumblers, ideal for packing in your bag for days out and about.


Keep their drinks in a neoprene covered bottle which is perfect for travelling and will keep the contents cooler for longer. Make sure your child drinks at regular intervals.  'Stay' – UV tents and sun shade Despite all the great products we've mentioned you should still find plenty of shade in which to set up camp when outdoors in the sun. Make sure your baby or toddler regularly takes time out in the shade. Natural shade is great but also take a UV Tent with you to block out the sun's harmful rays and help to keep your tot cool in the summer sun.   


Parents - don't forget to follow the advice too. Slip on some clothing, slap on a hat, slop on the sunscreen, sip water and stay in the shade. This Sunproof portable UV folding beach umbrella is perfect for adults and kids.  So there you go. Just remember to Slip, Slap, Slop, Slam, Sip and Stay and you'll enjoy the summer.

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Jun 21 ,2017