Disclosure: I received a sun hat and rash guard to review (and the opportunity to giveaway a set.) No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
Years ago I discovered i play., Inc. baby items and was gifted several items while I was pregnant. Some of the things I discovered were their sun protection clothing. I remember stocking up on hats, swim diapers and rash guards before my son turned 1. He’s such a water baby, and we love pool time (and later beach time.)
I’m really fair skinned, and my son is rather fair skinned. We want nothing more than to protect his sensitive skin from the sun’s rays – especially before he turned 2 and could be protected with copious amounts of sunscreen (even now, he doesn’t get sunscreen when he’s at daycare, so I always make sure we have a sun hat in his diaper bags.)
The i play. sun hats are really wide brimmed and protect your little one’s face, neck, shoulders. We had an almost two-week trip to beaches last summer, and Lucas wore mostly i play. gear from his sun hat to his bathing suit and rash guard (the shirt). We also made sure he was covered in sunscreen, but you can’t use most sunscreens on babies and I always err on the side of caution. I’d rather have him too covered up than risk a burn.
Now for the more informational portion of this post. This week is Recreational Water Illness awareness week. RWIs are caused by ingesting, inhaling, and having basic contact with contaminated water, often in swimming pools, but in other recreational water areas as well. Although anyone can become sick from RWIs children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are often more susceptible. A fashionable and functional way to help prevent the transmission of RWIs is utilizing swim diapers for diaper-aged children that are specially designed to prevent the leakage of solid waste into water. Pool approved swim diapers minimize the introduction of pathogens and reduce the risk for RWIs, keeping everyone healthy and happy!
From the folks at i play., Inc.:
As a company, we feel it is important and beneficial for children to learn to swim at a young age, but we also understand that accidents are unavoidable. The Ultimate Swim Diaper is designed with snug-fitting legs and waist and three protective layers to help keep accidents out of the water and keep babies safe. Through research, continual testing, and improvements, the i play. Ultimate Swim Diaper has become the trusted swim diaper of parents, swim schools, and public facilities all over the world. Best of all, no other diaper necessary! Being reusable, the Ultimate Swim Diaper is also an eco-friendly alternative to disposable swim diapers.
i play. has the Ultimate Swim Diaper that offers layers of protection to help keep accidents out of the water and keep babies safe. My son is mostly potty trained, so he really doesn’t have to use the Ultimate Swim Diaper, but I still have their swim diapers on hand just in case. They’re not only functional, but they’re really cute. We also have the rash guard (so much easier than having to remember to reapply sunscreen to his back) and a plethora of sun hats. They cover him without overheating and give the most protection. We have three different diaper bags, and I keep a hat in each one, as well as an extra in my car and in his dresser (you never know when one will be dirty or lost!)
I am now giving away an i play sun hat and rash guard, just in time for the beginning of summer! Be sure to “like” i play on Facebook, and complete the Rafflecopter widget below. A winner will be selected and notified next Monday (the same day the Green Sprouts warming plate giveaway ends!).
What is your best tip for keeping kids safe during the summer season?
And if you’ve made it this far, be sure to check out i play.’s Facebook page for giveaways of their Ultimate Swim Diaper this week!