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Lifestyle : All About Babies and Toddlers Special Report
1HERSA1 W003 Check it out: Eyetribe's Mini Squids look good -- and float. Beach trips will be easier with Tanya Ryan-Segger's tips. The UV-proof Sombrilla shade gives new meaning to cool. 10 essentials for family seaside fun The beach is one of nature's biggest playgrounds but keeping babies and tod- dlers safe and happy can be tricky. To make life easier this summer, here is a list of 10 things to take next time you go to the surf. 1. Sunscreen and hat A day at the beach is not complete without sunscreen and hat. Chil- dren's headwear specialist Toshi makes a range of bucket and legionnaire-style hats, but for a one- stop shop, the Cancer Council's range of child-friendly sunscreens and wide-brimmed and waterproof hats is hard to beat. cancervic.org.au 2. Sunglasses The glare at the beach can be intense so investing in a pair of sunglasses to protect young eyes against UV radi- ation makes sense. Look for brands that offer 100 per cent UV protec- tion and comply with Australian Eyewear Standards. Eyetribe is one; the company's Mini Squids sun- glasses range (rrp $34.95) look great and float. eyetribe.com.au 3. Reusable swim nappies Reusable swim nappies are a prac- tical, cute and environment-friendly alternative to disposables. Brands such as Bright Bots make togs for boys and girls that can be washed and reworn. brightbots.com.au 4. Rashies Matching rash shirts to costumes is where it is at this summer. At the designer end of the market expect to pay about $100 for a two- or three- piece set but if the budget does not stretch that far, new entrant Plum makes matching rash and swim pants inspired by '70s stripes, naut- ical and vintage floral themes. theiconic.com.au 5. Boardies Boardshorts are a summer ward- robe staple for little (and big) boys. Sydney designer One French Sum- mer's offering at Down That Little Lane is worth a look, but for afford- able fashion, Cotton On Kids won't disappoint. downthatlittlelane.com.au, cottonon.com 6. Kaftans Kaftans are a girl's answer to boardies. Pretty and practical, they offer some sun protection and their flowing design makes them ideal to throw over swimsuits. Brands such as Kaftans Kids offer styles in bright floral prints along with bejewelled blue, pink, lime green and tangerine hues. kaftankids.com.au 7. BYO shade It's vital to provide young children with shade. Beach tents such as Caribee's UV Guradian Sun Shelter carry maximum sun protection rat- ing, but for a more open-plan style the 95% UV-proof Sombrilla canopy is practical and chic. whitecoconut.com.au 8. Bodyboard Piping Hot's junior bodyboard, made for under-5s, is an ideal introduction to water sports. And at $10, it could give parents serious bang for their buck this Christmas. From Target. 9. Wetsuit Surfwear brands such as Quiksilver make mini-me versions of adult wetsuits and online retailers such as Wetsuit Warehhouse sell a basic range of "wetties" at competitive prices. wetsuitwarehouse.com.au, quiksilver.com.au 10. Beach bucket Kids may be fickle but a bucket and spade is a failsafe favourite at the beach. If there is one item to squeeze into the beach bag, this is it. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD 3 BABIES & TODDLERS
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