Fashionably Protecting Babies and Toddlers from the Sun
Growing up in Southern California, I have always been a beach girl since as long as I can remember. That, and being by the pool, are two of my favorite things to do. My kids are no different. And even though they have both basically grown-up in Dallas [thus far], they love the sun – and all things outdoors – as much as I do. But now, as a Mom, I’m also aware that the sun can be extremely damaging – especially to young skin – and is why I absolutely love the protective swimwear, clothing and hats from Flap Happy (and is why I believe every parent should too)!
Keep reading to find out more…
For Moms, Moms-to-be and Infants 0+*
What originally started as an idea from a mother to help protect her children’s faces and necks from the sun after she was diagnosed with skin cancer, soon grew to become a multi-million dollar hat company, known as Flap Happy. From there, they introduced an apparel line, expanding Flap Happy to swimwear, play wear and outerwear. The vibrant colors, playful prints, and unique designs make their clothing and swimwear popular choices for boys and girls alike, ranging in sizes from infant and toddler to a kids’ size 8.
With their hats, swimwear and fashions all developed using chemical-free UPF 50+, Flap Happy’s entire range is designed for easy care, making it a smart and easy choice to help protect your littles from the sun – all while being fashionable!
My kids received the following:
- UPF 50+ Vintage Betty Swimsuit | Mermaid Dreams: A vintage inspired swimsuit that features a sheared body for a comfortable fit, criss-cross straps, contrast flower details and a custom Flap Happy Mermaid Dreams print. The UPF 50+ rating helps protect children from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Fabrication: 82% polyester 18% Spandex – $32.95
- UPF 50+ Graphic Rash Guard | Otto Octopus: Flap Happy’s UPF 50+ Graphic Rash Guards offer excellent sun protection for your little one, with a UPF rating of 50+, which is the highest rating in the UPF classification system. Ideal for trips to the pool, the park, the beach, or anywhere the sun is shining! My son’s rash guard pairs perfectly with coordinating Flap Happy swim trunks and UPF 50+ hat, offering maximum sun protection! Fabrication: 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex – $28.95
- UPF 50+ Boys Swim Trunk w/ Mesh Liner | Otto Octopus: These popular swim trunks feature a built in mesh liner, waist drawcord and custom Flap Happy Otto Octopus print. Not only are they fun and stylish, but they are also UPF 50+. Fabrication: 100% Polyester (Microfiber) – $26.95
- The Flap Happy Floppy Hat UPF 50+: Designed to provide excellent sun protection from damaging UV rays. The hat has a large brim to shade the face, ears and neck from the harsh rays of the sun with an elastic band to help fit snuggly around the head. The ties help secure the hat when the wind blows. Perfect for any outdoor or water activity and practical and good looking for every day of the year. Your child will love to wear this hat for its comfort. And while I will admit that my 5-year old looks a bit cheesy in his hat, it gets the job done. I think my daughter, on the other hand, looks absolutely adorable in hers and I definitely wouldn’t mind having multiple designs and prints to choose from! Available in an array of colors and fun prints. Fabrication: 100% Cotton – $16.95
Flap Happy was founded by designer Laurie Lipson Snyder, a Malibu native and mother of four. Laurie started the business almost 30 years ago, with an idea for a hat that would protect her children’s faces and necks from the sun after she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
After developing the multi-million dollar hat company, Laurie introduced an apparel line, expanding Flap Happy to swimwear, play wear and outerwear. The vibrant colors, playful prints, and unique designs make their clothing and swimwear popular choices for boys and girls alike, ranging in sizes from infant and toddler to a kids’ size 8. Flap Happy’s entire range is designed for easy care. Their chemical-free UPF 50+ hats, swimwear and fashions are available year-round.
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There’s no denying that my kids LOVE the sun and being outdoors! From running around the yard, to playing at the park and swimming in the pool and ocean, there’s [pretty much] not an outdoor activity that my kids aren’t in to! However, I know how harmful the sun can be and try my best to protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays by lathering them up with sunscreen and reapplying when necessary.
But let’s be real, I’m not always the best at enforcing the sunscreen rule, and neither are those who watch my kids: husband and inlaws included. And even if we do try our best to get them covered, we all know kids aren’t the most cooperative when it comes to applying sunscreen, which is why finding a sunscreen alternative that is both reliable and fashionable is sooo great!
Made using UPF 50+ materials, these chemical-free clothes and accessories are the perfect way to keep kids safe from the sun without having to put up a fight. Plus, they have so many styles and designs to choose from, there are assuredly multiple pieces and outfits that your kids (from infant to size 8) are sure to love!
Looking for an easier and more fashionable way to protect your kids from the sun and UV rays? Then look no further than the products from Flap Happy. Because it’s those small steps that make healthy living a lifestyle – so why not take one today?!
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