15 Pieces of Protective Summer Gear That’ll Keep Your Kids Playing Outside

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As parents, protection for our kids is one of our natural instincts. We want our kids to play outside when the weather is warm, but it’s normal to worry about sun protection, eye protection, and bug bite protection for our children. We don’t want worry to get in the way of your summer fun, so we’ve rounded up some products to protect your little ones from head-to-toe this summer.

To protect your child’s skin, kid-safe sunscreen should be applied to all children over 6 months of age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Though it was previously said not to use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months, those recommendations have changed more recently. Sunscreen can be applied in minimal amounts to infants under 6 months in small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. But, in this age group, using clothing coverage and shade as the primary defense against the sun is most recommended.

Since the shade is optimal for babies, we found blankets with SPF protection as well as car seat covers and window shades. Plus, we’re sharing a number of options to protect your little ones from overexposure while playing outside this summer including wide-brimmed sun hats and rash guards with SPF built in. And if the sun isn’t the only thing you’re worried about, so we also found kid-safe bug repellent and mosquito netting to protect your little ones against those summer pests.

Amazon

Brim Sun Protection Hat

This hat offers the highest sun protection available to keep your baby safe from the harmful UV rays.

multiple colors available

Kido

Classic Sunglasses

No more stealing mom's sunglasses this summer! These super cute, colorful sunglasses are perfect for kids.

multiple colors available

Gap Factory

Toddler Two Piece Swim Rash Guard

It can be a struggle to try and put sunscreen on your kids. Luckily with this UV protected rash guard, it will be less of a challenge to get your child ready to go to the beach.

2 colors available

Black Girl Sunscreen

BGS Kids SPF 50

If you also struggle with sunscreen getting everywhere when trying to apply it to your kids, this BGS kids sunscreen is perfect for you. Luckily, there is no sticky white residue that oftentimes leaves a mess.

Thinkbaby

Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

Sunscreen sticks are so easy to use and your kid won't have to stand around for too long while you apply it. Plus, it offers your kids continuous protection for 80 minutes while they are having fun at the pool!

Coolibar

Baby Sun Blanket UPF 50+

It can be difficult to find something to cover a stroller or carseat in the summer. This cute blanket won't make your child too hot, but it will still protect them from any harmful UV rays. Everyone can have an enjoyable time in the sunshine!

multiple colors available

Bed, Bath & Beyond

Babyganics Natural Insect Repellent

It's time to keep those pesky bugs away from your kid! This fragrance-free formula is perfectly safe to use on your little ones.

Primary

The Swim Diaper

Having a swim diaper that is easy to pull off and on is a must have for pool or beach days.

multiple colors available

Cat & Jack

Long Sleeve Rash Guard Swim Shirt

No need to worry about your kids getting super sunburnt this summer with this simple, cute rash guard.

2 colors available

Amazon

Speedo Kids' Swim Goggles

You won't need to worry about your kids getting water in their eyes with these comfortable fitting goggles.

multiple colors available

Amazon

Mosquito Net for Baby Strollers

This net goes over strollers, cradles, car seats, etc. and keeps your baby safe while also keeping bugs away.

Amazon

Universal Car Rear Side Mesh Window Shade

If you're traveling with your kids this summer, this sun shade is a must-have. Your kids will be able to sleep peacefully in the car without the sun waking them up.

Amazon

Cabana Infant Car Seat Shield

This shield fits right over your infant's car seat for maximum UV protection.

Nordstrom

Water Friendly Slip-On Sneaker

These adorable shoes are perfect for your kids during the summer! They are lightweight, comfortable, and easy to wash.

multiple colors available

Buy Buy Baby

Lobster Kids Puddle Jumper Life Jacket

If you're planning on going to the beach with your kids this season, this life jacket is a must-have. Your kids will still have fun and be safe at the same time while playing in the water.

Rey to Z

Navy Bubs Hat

This adorable embroidered hat is great for your kids to wear during the summer and, really, any season. Rey to Z's hats are high quality and made to last for years to come.

3 colors available

Buy Buy Baby

15-Foot Mesh Rail Guard

For families with balconies or deck railings, having a mesh rail guard can add more piece of mind when your little ones are roaming around the house. Just remember to keep an eye on your kids when they are on a balcony or deck.

Check out our other summer gear picks here for more outdoor fun here—happy summer!