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With Memorial Day behind us, summer is [unofficially] in full swing. (Woot! Woot!) But before you stock up on sunblock and sand toys, check out these indispensable bits of advice from our talented panel of experts.

Keeping babies shielded from the summer sun is like a full time job. Our go-to gear guru, Jamie Grayson (a.k.a. The Baby Guy NYC), recommends these five essentials.

SnoozeShade: “This great universal UV screen for strollers not only has an SPF50, but it also functions as a blackout curtain for your rider. It’s a smart way to help little ones sleep while out and about in the bright summer sun.” $34.99 at at amazon.com.

UPPAbaby Easy-Fit Car & SUV Sunshade:
“Hands-down my favorite window shade for the car. The suction cups are incredibly strong, and there’s no tube-style screen retractor—which could become a projectile if you’re in an accident.” $9.99 at uppababy.com.

BabyBanZ: “These Australian-designed sunglasses for babies have a terrific wrap-around neoprene headband to keep shades put. Check out their new AdventureBanZ, which have a silicone nose grip and eyebrow pad for extra comfort.” $17-$19.99 at usa.babybanz.com.

Episencial Sunny Sunscreen: “I’m picky about skincare, and this sunscreen is as good as it gets. Currently rated number one on EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database, Episencial does its job incredibly well without worrying parents about the nasty chemicals found in other products.” $15.69 at diapers.com.

Kel-Gar Sun Dome: “For instant shade, I’m all about the Sun Dome. Its pop-up design is quick to set up and easy to collapse. With an SPF of 50 and no cutesy characters, it’s a great investment.” $39.99 at babysupermarket.com.

    —Get more fun tips from the StrollerTraffic experts in our Summer 2011 Survival Guide.