Nothing kills the vibe on a beach day like constantly reapplying sunscreen to sandy, wiggly tiny humans. (We shuttered even writing that.) Leave the SPF protection to the right kind of swimwear. We’ve done our homework and found the perfect rash guard for every time of kid:
The Rash Guard for Kids Who Hate Rash Guards
Perfect for babies and toddlers, iPlay’s Breathe Easy Sun Protection Shirt is made from moisture-wicking SPF 50 material to keep skin safe from sun, without the need to constantly reapply sunscreen. It’s loose fitting, quick drying, and features an all-important front pocket for treasuring collecting. $17.99, at amazon.com.
Best Neck Coverage
If you have a hard time keeping a brimmed at on your tot, you’re going to want a rash guard that covers the neck. Boden has one of the most generous collars we’ve come across. $25, at bodenusa.com.
Best Sunsuit Option
If we’re going sunsuit, we’re going all the way. Snapper Rock’s sunsuits feature long sleeves, exceptionally breathable SPF 50 material, and a convenient zipper for easy on, easy off. $46, at snapperrock.com.
Best for Budding Fashionistas
Who said sun protection has to be boring? Swim Zip’s on-trend designs, bold colors and sweet details (give us all the ruffles) upgrade the humble rash guard to runway-ready. $29.99, at swimzip.com.
Best Short Sleeved Option
If your little one isn’t into sleeves on the beach but you’re into as much SPF protection as possible, Cabana Life’s rashguards are one of the few we’ve found that hit at or below the elbow. From $56 for a two piece set, at cabanalife.com.