Summer is on it’s way here in the UK and many of us are opening up our childrens wardrobes and wondering what on earth they are going to wear! My kids have grown so much since last year that literally nothing fits them anymore, so we’ve had to buy them a lot of new summer clothes. But what are the essentials when it comes to dressing children in summer? Here’s 5 top tips to help you along…

1. Hats

Hats can be a tricky one because not all young children will be willing to keep them on. But the key is to be consistent, if they take it off, put it back on. It can feel like a constant battle but trust me, they will get used to it eventually.

If your child is a little bit older and still isn’t a fan of hats, why not try experimenting with different styles of hat? There might be one that your child is more comfortable in.

2. Layers

UK summers aren’t always gloriously sunny. In fact rain, grey skies and wind are pretty much inevitable. So it’s important to think about layers when buying summer clothes. Think fine knit cardigans or zip up hoodies. Just something that will be easy for your child to throw on when the weather isn’t so great.

3. Breathable fabric

Breathable cotton is best for children in summer as it will ensure that they do not get too hot. Children’s clothing website Strawberry Children stock a great range of kids designer clothing, from ages newborn right up to 14 years. Brands include well known label Monnalisa, click here for Kids Monnalisa new arrivals.

4. Sunglasses

Sunglasses with UV protection are a great idea for kids, I know my two are always grumpy when the sun is shining in their eyes, particularly during car journeys. If your child doesn’t want to keep them on, you can try a pair with an elastic strap which goes around the back of their head.

If your little one wears glasses you can ask your optician about prescription sunglasses which will ensure that they can see clearly, whilst protecting their eyes from the sun at the same time.

5. Suitable sandals 

It can actually be quite difficult to find the perfect summer sandals for your child but rest assured that there are lots of great options out there. I would recommend that you invest in a pair of sandals that are going to be comfortable for your child as well as waterproof and quick drying for those summer beach days. I also try to stick with a neutral colour when it comes to kids shoes as I want to make sure that they will match with all of their outfits.

6. Sun lotion

Sun lotion can stain children’s clothing so try to look out for one that is less likely to do this. You can always apply sun lotion first and get your child dressed once it has dried in, but this isn’t really an option when you are out for the day and need to reapply. So invest in a good quality sun lotion that is less likely to stain clothing. You might want to consider sticking with cheaper clothes on hot summer days, so that if your sun lotion does stain, it’s not too much of an issue.

Do you have any tips to add to this list?

Thank you for reading.

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