This summer we had planned a long stay with my parents in Hungary, where it get very hot, with high UV radiation. Both Littlins have sensitive skin, so I have to choose the suncream very well. They have had some nasty rashes before from some brands. In gearing up for the summer along with stocking up on swimming costumes I also got some UV protection suites from Boots a couple of weeks ago. We had them last year as well, but hardly used them. This year I was determined to use them more. It makes sense that they wear these UV protective suites, or doesn’t it?
Well, here’s my experience-
First we put them to test at the Splash park: 25ºC, cold water, lots of sun. The kids had lots of fun but were freezing cold within an hour.
Next we took them sailing: 29-30ºC, water temperature 22-23ºC, very strong sun, lots of reflection off the water. While they were worn dry the Littlins seemed to benefit as the UV suites gave protection from the strong rays and seemed to have a cooling effect. In the water, the limit was again an hour. By that time they were both shivering. Even though they were going in and out of the water, the sun could not warm up their little bodies enough because of the cold swimming costume. I had to take it off them as soon as they were out of the water, let the suites and the children dry separately, then reunite them.
Third test conditions were in the paddling pool- 35ºC, water temperature c.30ºC, very strong sun. These were ideal conditions for this gear; it was hot enough in and out of the water that the wetness did not make them cold. In fact, it cooled them just right. We were at home too, so I was more distracted by other things and more likely to forget to lather them in suncream.
The huge advantage of these is they are very good for guarding against the sun (no spots forgotten). Lots of sun cream is not as water proof as we’d like, especially with children playing in the sand, rubbing it off. They save on having to reapply the sun cream multiple times a day and from subjecting the child’s delicate skin to all sorts of chemicals. Overall this is a brilliant concept, just need to pay attention to keeping the Littlins warm enough!
An additional benefit is, they double up as a general play suit, they can be worn all day, not just at the beach but also for going about your day-to-day things on a very hot day.
Next year we will try some thin neoprene wetsuits, but will certainly keep the UV suites in our summer wear arsenal too.
What is your experience? Do you use these great pieces of clothing? Do your children get cold in them?
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