Preparing for a staycation this summer? Check out our sea-and-sand essentials to help you make the British beach experience fun for all the family
CHILD’S HOODED DRYING PONCHO
From: Ruff And Tumble
One size up to 10 years
British beaches can be chilly at the best of times – so this soft and luxurious double thickness natural cotton towelling would be very welcome after a dip in the sea! With its cosy hood and big pocket for shell collecting, it’s super-absorbent and is also useful for changing under, and protecting from the sun.
It’s roomy (length70cm, width 54cm) and you can even get a matching drying coat for the dog (£51.95)!
Visit www.ruffandtumbledogcoats.com or call 0333 207 9960
This award-winning 3-in-1stroller shade is rated at UPF 50+, providing your child with superior protection from the sun’s rays. Featuring two colourful hanging toys, it clips to the canopy of any stroller, pram or car seat and velcro fasteners allow for high shading position and lots of airflow. When not in use, it can be rolled up and zipped away in the accompanying pouch.
AFTER SWIM ONESIE
From: Splash About
Age: 6 months – 3 years
Waterproof and windproof with a luxurious soft fleece lining, this is designed to keep babies and toddlers warm and cosy after a swimming lesson or a paddle in the sea. It features a generous hood, ribbed cuffs at wrist and ankle, and a waterproof outer layer – and comes in a choice of eye-catching prints, including the unisex Stars design in the picture. A chunky front zip makes dressing quick and easy on the go.
PLASTIC-FREE PICNIC COLLECTION
From: The Kind Store
Prices: see below
If you want to make sure your family picnic at the park is sustainable for generations to come, check out these plastic-free products from The Kind Store!
- Compostable sponges for wiping sticky fingers, £6
- Stainless steel cups (2-pack), £16
- Stainless steel rainbow straws (pack of 4), £8
ANTI BACTERIAL SLIME
From: Canal Toys
Price: £3.99 for a single pot; £9.99 for a pack of 4
Getting kids to use hand sanitizer can be an uphill struggle, but add a spot of slime to the mix and it becomes much more inviting! This pocket-sized pot of slime, which has passed stringent safety tests and is non-toxic and alcohol-free, kills up to 99 per cent of bacteria and comes in four fun colours for kerb appeal. It simply stretches around those tiny fingers to provide a high degree of protection from all those nasty germs out there!
From: Splash About
Age: 1-3 years and 3-6 years
Lightweight and quick drying these sunhats are designed to be worn in or out of the water, and the elasticated inside ensures they fit comfortably and well without slipping off. Made from UPF50+ sun protection fabric, the longer fabric at the back covers the vulnerable neck area, while the peak at the front protects baby’s eyes from the sun’s glare! Available in a choice of best-selling designs so they can be matched with other swimwear products.