7/23/12 Sun Protection For Kids Five Ways to Protect Kids From the Sun's Harmful Rays by babysugar July 22, 2010 39 Shade the rays! Parents know the importance of protecting tots from the sun's strong rays, but lathering them up with sunscreen every day only helps so much. By adding a few products to the beach bag, mama can protect her kiddos for years to come. Stroller Sun Shades What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Pushing lil ones through the park or city streets — even when the stroller's hood is up — exposes them to plenty of harmful rays. A full carriage sunshade, like Bugaboo's Bee Sunshade ($20), might look strange, but it wards off the sun with full UVA/UVB protection. Sunglasses What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Without proper sun care, babies' eyes are susceptible to cornea damage that can lead to cataracts later in life. Protect your lil one's baby blues with a pair of sunglasses ($12) with a label stating that they provide the maximum UV protection. Sun Umbrella What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Older tots who can't be protected with a stroller shade can still take cover under a sun umbrella ($30). Travel versions of the sun shields easily fit into kids' backpacks and are designed to reflect and absorb UV rays before they hit the skin. Sun Hats What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! A baseball hat may provide needed protection on the face, but what about lil ones' ears and the back of their necks? A proper sun hat ($16) should provide UV ray protection as well as a wide brim (all the way around) to ensure that tots are covered. Hair and Scalp Protection What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Sun hats can't be worn all of the time, so be sure to keep lil ones' heads as protected as possible. So Cozy's Protective Conditioning Mist with Sunscreen ($14) not only smells great, but it also keeps tots' heads protected when running around or playing in the pool.