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Australian summers are harsh, and UV rays are even more deadly when around reflective surfaces such as water – all that sunlight bounces off the water and onto little bodies, making a swim hat and a rash vest absolute essentials while in the pool or at the beach.

Our rash vests are long-sleeved for optimal sun protection and come with a zipper enclosure at the back for easy removal even when wet! No squished kids stuck in suits! They are made from a chlorine-friendly, quick-dry fabric that is perfect for the pool or beach days. Bedhead’s rash vests match beautifully with our swim hats – they’re the same colour as our plain-coloured hats and our patterned Swim legionnaire, classic bucket and ponytail bucket hats feature complimentary colours so it’s easy to create a coordinated swim look.

To ensure the best protection possible, our rash vests are rated UPF50+ excellent protection. Combined with other sun-safe measures like shade and sunscreen you can be sure your child is protected when they’re out in the sun. Babies and children are vulnerable to UV radiation and more susceptible to sunburn and skin damage. Any UV exposure in their early years greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer as an adult, and we don’t wish that on anyone, having experienced it a lot in the Bedhead team.

Don’t forget to add a wet bag to match the swim hat – they’re in the same fun prints as our hats. Wet bags are a great addition to your summer essentials list – perfect for swimming lessons, to carry beach must-haves and then to keep all the wet things from leaking through your beach bag on the way home again.

At Bedhead we’re passionate about sun protection. We want all children to grow up with sun-safe skills and pass them down to their own children, leading to a generational change to the rates of skin cancer. It all starts with newborn babies – the earlier you get a child into a hat and other sun protection such as a rash vest, the more it will just become a part of their everyday life and remove the hat battle when they’re toddlers or starting school with the no hat, no play policies.

We have hats for all ages, sizes and occasions. For everyday hats in our soft, stretchy cotton fabric, try our Originals range. For waterplay days, our Swim collection is perfect for the beach or pools with its quick-drying fabric. And for those who love their colours a little muted and their patterns a little more subtle, our Heritage range of 100% linen, reversible styles is a fave.