Sun Protective Baby Suits
Sun protective baby suits are great for times when the family is out in the sun and there is no available shade. The sun is harmful to babies’ skin, and sunburn can cause permanent damage to children less than 6 months of age. Sometimes it is more difficult to apply sunscreen to a baby. Babies want to put everything in their mouths, so you run the risk of them ingesting chemicals, or getting the sunscreen in their eyes. Sunscreen also washes off and needs to be reapplied every few hours, and with a baby, this can be somewhat difficult if they are covered in sand.
When babies wear sun protective gear, such as the sun protective baby suit, it protects their delicate skin with SPF of 50+ which is put in the material during production. It is even more beneficial when you put a hat on the baby, as well. These materials are usually certified by the manufacturers to contain the SPF and to be chlorine and salt resistant. An additional benefit to these materials is that when they are wet, the evaporation of the water on the fabric will work to keep the baby cool. These are great not only for sun protection, but also to protect the baby from irritation from the sand, chlorine and salt water.
There are several different sun protective baby suits on Amazon.com that offer great sun protection. They are made in colors ideal for boys and for girls. They usually contain zippers up the back, or at the legs for easy diaper changes and easy removal. Some have easy access through snaps at the crotch, while some zip up the front.
They have many different sizes, starting at 0-3 months for babies, and going to 2T-4T for toddlers.One of the major concerns in the reviews on Amazon is the fact that although they are made from a breathable fabric, the suits are covering the entire body, therefore they make the baby very hot and sometimes overheated. It protects from the sun, but definitely not from the heat of summertime temperatures.
Some parents report that the baby’s face got very red and they were sweating under the suit, so they had to remove it from the baby.Another complaint was that the color that was displayed on the website was not what the parent received in the mail. Although the color looked pink on the site, the color they received was much brighter, and in some cases a different color all together. In other cases, some reviewers said that the first time the child got in to the pool, the color of the suit faded completely, making it a much lighter and worn-looking suit.
Some of the complaints were that the zippers broke after one wear, or after one washing, rendering the suit useless. Some said that one of the snaps on the suit would not snap, but the suit was still wearable. One parent stated that the first time the child wore the suit into the water, the logo peeled off and the child was able to get the label into his mouth. This obviously caused a choking hazard. Although it seems as if the quality is not great on the sun protective baby suits, they seem to be made well, most having reinforced seams and all were effective in protecting the baby from the sun.Other parents complained that the size was not accurate. They had ordered one size for the duration of the summer, and it was not able to fit until the end of the summer, or it only fit at the beginning of the summer. One parent received a wrong size completely, and was not able to use the suit.
One customer stated that the receiver of this gift did not want to use the suit on their baby because they were not comfortable with the chemicals in the fabric of the suit. A few said that the price they paid, which was anywhere from $20 to $40, was a bit high for a product that they baby would not get that much wear out of. Being that the baby’s sizes change every several months, this would mean that the parents would end up purchasing many suits for the duration of babyhood.
The majority of the reviews were positive, and at the rate that babies grow, the parents will most likely end up purchasing several suits anyway. The products actually do what they are supposed to do, which is protect the baby’s delicate skin from the sun. This is the most important aspect of the suit.