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BabyGanics Mineral SunscreenHeading outside with little ones in tow this summer means proper sun protection is top priority! “Mom” is loving the new Baby Pure Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion 30+SPF from BabyGanics – a super smooth formula that is safe for your children as well as the environment! Simply toss this lotion in your beach bag and let the fun in the sun begin! At “Mom’s” house, that means swinging on the swings in the backyard and spending many hours poolside.

The newest offering from BabyGanics, Baby Pure Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion 30+SPF not only protects your children against the harsh broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays of summertime but also moisturizes their tender skin. Pediatrician and Dermatologist tested and approved, this mineral based lotion retains its waterproof and SPF qualities for up to 80 minutes – even after all the fun outdoors in the backyard, at the beach or poolside! Plus, the new lotion does not contain PABA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Nano-Particles or Fragrances.

Super simple to apply, this lotion is the best in targeting all of the key areas of protection. Baby Pure Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion 30+SPF is available in a 4oz. tube can be purchased at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Babiesrus.com and Diapers.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Summer isn’t over yet! For those looking ahead to next Spring and Summer, purchasing clothing and gear ahead of the game always smart. What is smarter than sun protective swimsuits for the kiddos? This adorable Sun Smarties™ Girls One-Piece Swimsuit with Swim Diaper from One Step Ahead offers double duty – sun protection and and a fully lined swim diaper for your little princess. It’s easy to ensure your bathing beauty is enjoying herself and having fun (while staying protected) in the sun!

New this year, the One-Piece Swimsuit with Swim Diaper is just too, too cute! With UPF 50+ coverage, plus a sewn-in swim diaper under that sassy, ruffled skirt, the suit provides full one-piece coverage, with a completely lined front. Silky, stretchy, and quick-drying, with charming crossed back straps, two-tiered skirt, and features fun fish appliqués. “Mom” loves that unlike disposable swim diapers, it’s planet-friendly, too!

To learn more about the entire Sun Smarties™ line, or to order online, visit OneStepAhead.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Too Much Sun Can Be Dangerous For the Eyes

While many people are concerned about effects of the sun on their skin, experts say they shouldn’t lose sight of what the sun can do to their eyes.

If the eyes are exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, a “sunburn” called photokeratitis can occur.

This condition may be painful and includes symptoms such as red eyes, a foreign-body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing. Photokeratitis is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage.

Premature Aging and More

Ongoing exposure to UV radiation, however, can cause serious harm to the eyes and age them prematurely. Research has shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over time increases the chance of developing catar­acts, macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness in adults—and eye cancer. Long-term exposure may also cause damage to the retina, a nerve-rich lining of the eye that is used for seeing.

Steps You Can Take

Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, summer or winter, the American Optometric Association (AOA) urges Americans to take measures to protect their eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays in order to decrease the risk of eye diseases and disorders.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to wear sunglasses or contact lenses that offer appropriate UV protection, apply UV-blocking sunscreen around the eye area and wear a hat to help protect the eyes and prevent premature aging.

To provide adequate protection for the eyes, the AOA recommends sunglasses and protective contact lenses that:

• Block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation
• Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
• Are perfectly matched in color, free of distortion and imperfection and have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.

The AOA also urges parents to remember to protect infants’ and children’s eyes from the sun at all times.

Regular Exams Are Key

A good way to monitor eye health, maintain good vision and keep up-to-date on the latest in UV protection is by scheduling yearly comprehensive eye exams with an eye doctor.

To find an optometrist or for additional information on UV protection, visit www.AOA.org.

*Article courtesy of NAPS. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*

Whether you are a competitive swimmer, swimming laps for health and wellness, or playing a variety of water sports – Aqua Sphere offers goggles for comfort and enjoyment for men, women & children! “Mom” was thoroughly impressed with how perfectly the Kayenne™ Ladies goggles fit her petite face, and how unbelievably simple the goggles were to adjust! No more tugging and yanking on the ends of the straps to adjust them properly – Aqua Sphere has designed an ingenious Quick-Fit Buckle™ which makes adjustments a breeze. The goggles provide 100% UV protection, as well 180 degree visibility, making them an awesome choice for swimming and playing!

Unique features include:

Oversized, ultra durable Plexisol® lens for 4-point expanded, 180-degree visibility
One-touch, Quick-Fit Buckle™ for perfect fit with simple adjustments – even while wearing
Stabilizing nose bridge keeps fitting secure and comfortable
100% UV protection
Antifog and UV lens treatment for long lasting clarity
Silicone strap for comfort and durability

You won’t want to hit the pool for laps or the water volleyball game this summer without a pair of these goggles, gals!

Kayenne™ Ladies are available with a Blue Lens or a Clear Lens, depending on your preference, and you can learn more at aquasphereswim.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Top 3 Outdoor Picks for Children

Summer is not over yet! As we transition from the dog days of summer into the Fall, check out these 3 must-haves for your young outdoor enthusiasts!

Toddler ZnO Hoodie

Coolibar just knows how to blend comfort, style and sun protection! This darling hoodie for toddlers transitions easily from day to night, and is lightweight enough to be worn as a swim cover-up when beach or poolside, and as a jacket when out of doors late into the summer evening. Bright and cheerful, it is made to match Coolibar’s swim separates as it features patterned lined front pockets and hood. Providing your youngster with full sun coverage, the ZnO SUNTECT® fabric is made with permanently embedded zinc oxide that gives the hoodie a rating of UPF50+! The hoodie is also machine washable and can be tumbled dry.

For more information of Coolibar’s entire line of fabulous sun protective clothing for both adults and children, visit Coolibar.com.

Selk’bag® Kids

Planning one or two more camping trips before the warm weather is over? Keep the kiddos both comfortable and warm, and completely tucked into their sleeping bag with the innovative Selk’bag®! “Mom” could not believe the ingenious design of this sleeping bag – it is more like a sleeping suit! No more fussing and adjusting yourself in the sleeping bag at night – the Selk’bag® zips around your entire body like a cocoon, keeping you toasty all night long! Perfect for wiggly little ones, the Selk’bag® Kids is available in both Pink Fuschia and Directorie Blue. For young outdoor enthusiasts, this bag is just plain fun! Plus, it can be used at sleepovers during the school year, too! (And yes, in case you were wondering, it comes in adult sizes, too!)

The unique features of the Selk’bag® Kids include:

• Baffled construction to eliminate cold spots
• Leg vents to regulate temperature
• Reinforced nylon soles prevent wear and give traction on multiple surfaces
• Reversible hand-zippers, double front entry-zippers and a right hip zipper
• A hood for warmth and no drawstring for safety
• Compacting carry sack
• Kangaroo-style hand warmer pocket
• Front leg pocket
• Thermal collar around the head and neck to prevent drafts
• Exaggerated draft tubes to stop heat loss around zippers

You can learn more about the Selk’bag® sleeping system online at SelkbagUSA.com.

Kushies® Sunglasses

Keep your infant or toddler’s eyes protected from the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays with these virtually unbreakable sunglasses from Kushies! The sunglasses are made from 100% Dupont rubber, so they bend and move with any twisting or grabbing your child may do, and they feature polycarbonate impact and scratch resistant lenses. Basically these are childproof! (which “Mom” loves!) Blocking 100% of both UVA & UVB rays, Kushies sunglasses are available in an assortment of fun, bright colors such as Yellow, Blue, Green, Red, and Pink.

To learn more about Kushies® sunglasses, or to order online, visit Kushies.com.

*Companies generously provided images and samples for this article.*

Matching styles for mom & daughter! These easily packable, lightweight and oh-so-stylish bucket hats from Outdoor Research provide UPF protection on any adventure out of doors – whether on the trail or hitting the park!

Girls’ Solstice Bucket™

A simply adorable bucket design that keeps active kids cool and comfortable while outside. The UPF 30+ fabric keeps them protected from the sun’s harsh rays, and a moisture wicking headband help keeps the sweat away from their eyes no matter how hard they play. Available in Fuchsia/White or Turquoise/White.

Women’s Solaris Bucket™

Moms will love sporting this cute bucket hat with bold graphics while beach or poolside this summer. The lightweight, UPF 50+ fabric adds protection while moisture management helps keep you comfortable when chasing after the kiddos! While designed for outdoor pursuits, this hat is so stylish you can wear it anywhere! Available in Berry/Dark Grey, Sand/Khaki, and Atlantic/Dark Grey.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Headed outdoors this summer with your children in tow calls for smart, sun-protective products! Tiny Green Mom has compiled the top five best picks for babies & kids that are planet-friendly and (dare we say it?) – sheer genius!

5 Eco-Friendly Outdoor Finds for Babies & Kids

Kushies Swimsuit Diaper

Could this adorable swim diaper be any more convenient? Kushies® has combined the typically awkward swim diaper and made it into a cute, reusable suit! Ingenious! Both planet-friendly and economical, the Kushies Swimsuit Diaper is must-have this summer for any family hitting the pool or beach. Available in sea-worthy designs, such as mermaids, the swimsuit diaper is easy to get on and off, and the wrap style design makes it a breeze to change your child. Plus, the adjustable waist with added ties provides a snug, secure fit as your child grows.

Kushies Easy Fold Baby Bed

Kushies® has done it again! They have created a wonderful solution for families headed to the beach or to play outdoors, but don’t want to place baby on a blanket alone. Kushies’ Easy Fold Baby Bed is simply ideal for traveling, is both lightweight and portable, and it fits easily into a standard suitcase to keep baby safe and secure when away from home. Expertly designed, this portable bed features UV protected fabric which keeps baby safe from the sun when in the sun. What’s not to love?

Goddess Garden All-Natural Kids Sunscreen SPF 30

Whether you spray it on with the convenient spray nozzle or rub it on, this SPF 30 All-Natural Kids Sunscreen from Goddess Garden offers your child full-body coverage in a sheer, non-whitening formula! Not too chalky or thick, this water-resistant sunscreen is dermatologist recommended and is made with 82% organic ingredients. “Mom” loves that not only does it glide on easily, it is free of synthetic ingredients and toxic chemicals. Plus, the sunscreen was recently top rated by the EWG in 2011 for its superior broad spectrum effectiveness and non-toxic formula. You will want to make sure it is tucked into your purse or beach bag this summer when headed outside with your little ones!

Mad Gab’s Natural Lip Balm

Protect your little one’s lips with Mad’s Gab’s Natural Lip Balm, which offer SPF 15 protection in a variety of flavors, such as Vanilla or spearmint. Even more kid-friendly – all of Mad Gab’s balms are named after a sea creature or animal, making it less of a struggle and a whole lot more fun to get your tots to put on their lip protection! Choose from a selection of Aquarium Smooches, such as Turtle Smooch or Zoo Smooches, such as Monkey Smooch. All Mad Gab’s lip balms are made with Organic palm oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, flavor, organic hemp seed oil, vitamin E, and rosemary extract.

Coolibar Sun Blanket

Why didn’t we think of this? Every parent has covered their little one with a swaddling blanket or small quilt when in the sun to protect tender skin, but Coolibar has gone a step further by adding UPF 50+ protection! This ingenious Sun Blanket is made of Coolibar’s own ZnO Suntect fabric, in a lightweight, breathable cotton/bamboo/spandex blend. Super-soft and perfectly sized for little ones, the Coolibar Sun Blanket is available in four gorgeous summery colors: melon, white, crisp aqua, and morning sky.

*Companies mentioned above generously provided samples and images for this article.*

As the weather warms up, and we head into Spring and Summer, Dr. Mona Gohara offers timely tips on proper sun protection for babies and toddlers. In addition to her thriving practice, Dr. Gohara has also created the stylish, innovative line of sun protective clothing for ages 0-24 months called k&j sun protective clothing.

Why Daily Sun Protection in Babies is Important

  • 1 blistering sunburn or 5 regular sunburns in childhood double the lifetime risk of melanoma.
  • Unfortunately, 54 % of children burn or tan in their second summer, and 22 % burn in their first.
  • Both intensive sun exposure (beach, pool) and daily sun exposure in childhood have been linked to skin cancer and pre- mature aging later in life.
  • A study in the February online issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention showed that beginning in childhood, every vacation near the water was associated with a five percent increase in small moles (approx 2 mm). This increased number of moles predisposes children to the development of melanoma later in life.

Some Hurdles

  1. Babies under the age of 6 months are not supposed to wear sunscreen.
  2. Standard t-shirts do not provide adequate protection during daily play.

Chemical Free Tips and Solutions

Get Hip Gear: Babies 6 months and under should wear sun protective clothing, broad brimmed hats, and UV protectant wrap around sunglasses during everyday play and at the beach/pool. A stroller canopy should be a must on every expectant mom’s registry list! Look for clothes with a tight weave, and dark/bright colors, they provide superior protection!

Be Smart With the “Screen”: For tots 6 months and older, apply a broad spectrum (protects from UVA and UVB) SPF 30 sunscreen over their entire body ½ of an hour prior to outdoor play; reapply over the entire body every 2 hours and after excessive seating or swimming. Choose chemical free brands such as “Baby Blue Lizard” or “Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby” which contain the naturally occurring minerals, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, as their active ingredients.

Special Thoughts for Special Spots: Use a SPF stick for the child’s eyelids (to avoid product running into the eyes) and lips. A personal favorite, “Vanicream SPF 30 Lip Protectant.”

Seek the Shade: Find shaded areas in the park or playground between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is the strongest-this is when most of the damaging sunrays can reek havoc on a child’s skin!

Parents Can’t Slide During a Ride: Ultraviolet light comes through the windows of a car (and home for that matter!) Make sure to have UV blocking shields on the child’s window, to avoid passive, intense sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer later in life!

Keeping tots protected from the sun as the weather warms up is k&j sunprotective clothing, specifically designed for children ages 0-24 months. Available in bright, Spring-inspired colors as well as neutral gray and white, each shirt is not just stylish, it blocks out 99% of the sun’s harmful rays when worn!

Created by Dr. Mona Gohara, a Dermatologist and Mom to two young boys, k&j sunprotective clothing was designed to be both fashionable and functional. As babies under 6 months of age cannot wear sunscreen, the sun protective tees are an ideal option for protection. Moms’ everywhere will love that baby is comfortable too, as the t-shirts are 100% cotton, chemical-free and tagless! As Dr. Mona Gohara says, “where hip meets health!”

Each tee costs $22, and is available in sizes 0-24 months of age. Baby Shower packs and Spring Break packs are also available. k&j sunprotective clothing is available online at www.kjsunprotectiveclothing.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Whatever the season may be, protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful ray’s is a must in this day and age! Beyond Coastal has developed superior sun protection products that have received top marks from the EWG (Environmental Working Group), and are a wonderful choice for the entire family! Offering true broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that is paraben-free, oil-free, and fragrance-free, Beyond Coastal has created a nourishing, hydrating product that “Mom” just adores! With protection from both micronized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and antioxidants from Algae Extract, Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, this is one smart sunscreen that can be used year-round. It glides on with ease, leaving no sticky or greasy feeling. Plus, the sunscreen is water-resistant and sweat-resistant!

Beyond Coastal’s non-comedogenic product line includes Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen, Kids Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen, Natural Lip and Face Screen, Natural Lip Balm, Daily SPF 15 Sunscreen, Active SPF 30 Sunscreen, Active Lip Balm, and AfterSun Natural Moisturizer.

To learn more about Beyond Coastal’s Top-Rated Products, or to order online, visit www.beyondcoastal.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*