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I Have a Confession to Make

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

I’m a health editor and last week my daughter got a sunburn.

After a fun day at the beach to celebrate Father’s Day, I gasped when I saw my 7-year-old’s pink back and shoulders as she stepped into the shower. I don’t know how, but I had completely neglected those areas when I sunscreened Julia up. It wasn’t a hideous burn, but it was noticeable enough that her 2nd-grade teacher asked what happened (“I told her my mom did it because she forgot to put sunscreen on me,” she recounted, only partially accurately) and it was bad enough for her skin to peel all week. Oh, and it made enough of an impression on her that she told me, “In health the teacher said that if you get one bad sunburn you can get cancer.” Just in case I wasn’t feeling awful enough.

So when she started pool camp yesterday, she was as covered up as I could get her (that’s her in the photo). Between my two daughters, I’ve amassed quite a collection of SPF swimwear and rashguard tops over the years. Right now I’m into Snapper Rock, which has a great line of SPF50+ suits for kids. Besides their cute designs (you can’t tell that Julia’s suit bottom has pink, aqua, and white stripes; my other daughter’s has a sweet ruffle all around), I like the fact that the company has a philanthropic side. Snapper Rock donates money to the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, and donates swimwear to a camp for underprivileged children in New Hampshire.

Like all high-quality swimwear, Snapper Rock’s stuff isn’t cheap. But right now they’ve got a great sale going on where swim tops are going for $15. Get ‘em while you can!

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How I Save on Sunscreen

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

My daughters started camp at our town pool on Monday, so we met their counselors at orientation over the weekend. When the counselors met Lila, my particularly fair 3-year-old, one of them said, “Please pack plenty of sunscreen!” I have, but I’m also doing one better: I’m putting her in a SwimZip suit (there she is at right). SwimZip items are rated UV50+, and cover more than a bathing suit will, so I can cut back on the amount of sunscreen we go through–which is typically more than a bottle a week! The top is really easy for her to put on and take off herself, since it zips up like a jacket. (That’s key when she’s soaking wet–it’s great to not have to bother with yanking a tight shirt over her head.) And the other big perk is that SwimZip’s styles are totally adorable, and the girls’ options are different from anything I’ve seen.


SwimZip, sizes 6-12 months to 4T, $29.99.

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