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 hat and a rash vest absolute essentials while in the pool or at the beach. You could even 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. Our rashies coordinate beautifully with our swim hats, and are also rated UPF50+. 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.