A trip to the beach is one of the absolute best ways to spend a summer afternoon with your little one. Exploring sand dunes; hunting for sand dollars; building elaborate sand castles; chasing the waves of an outgoing tide; or just cuddling up on the beach blanket for a nap in the shade of an umbrella. However you spend your day, you want to make sure you have the right apparel to stay comfy and protected until the last ray of sunshine disappears.
We reached out to our friend Uli Belenky, the designer behind Zutano, to get her top beach-ready baby fashion essentials. Here are the three items she says are must-haves in any beach bag:
1. Sunhats. A perfect day at the beach can turn into a miserable tomorrow if you don’t protect sensitive skin against harmful rays from the sun. This is why sun hats are number one on our list of beachwear essentials! They protect eyes from bright sunshine and keep little cheeks from getting too toasty.
2. Sleeveless one-piece outfits. With your sunhat setting the tone for your beach look, you want something cute and colorful to round out the ensemble. That’s where an adorable ruffle bubble one-piece comes in for your little girl, or a sleeveless bodysuit comes in for your little boy. Both allow for great range of movement and will keep your baby cool as the day heats up. One-pieces also make for quick and easy diaper changes, so little one can get back to important beach business right away!
3. After-beach outfits. Every day at the beach must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean your flair for fashion has to as well! Once the ruffles are filled with sand and the bodysuit is damp at the knees, it’s time to swap out for a romper dress or a pair of shorts and graphic tee. Just as comfortable and colorful as your beach wear, these new looks will keep you cozy as you pack up the blanket, the sun sets over the water, and you head home to watch the fireflies come out in the front yard.
Looking great at the beach can be a breeze, especially when you mix and match coordinating pieces. (And remember that sun protection – whether it’s a great big umbrella or baby-friendly sunscreen – is always in style!) Whatever else you pack in your beach bag, be sure you have these fashion essentials to keep you looking sharp from the minute you set foot on the sand until you brush the last bit of the sand from between your toes before bed.
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Meet Uli Belenky
Uli Belenky is co-founder and designer of all things Zutano! Zutano began with an amazingly simple idea that was inspired by the arrival of Michael and Uli Belenky’s first daughter – to create high-quality, colorful clothes that capture the unique qualities of every baby and deliver an unlimited style options with mix-and-match prints, patterns and textures. Founded in 1989, Zutano is now available at more than 1,500 gift and specialty boutiques and retailers worldwide as well as on the web at select e-tailers and Zutano.com.