Gear Up, Bubs! Must-Have Summer Essentials for Babies

Gear Up, Bubs! Must-Have Summer Essentials for Babies

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G’day, Aussie parents! With the scorching sun and balmy breezes on the horizon, it’s time to gear up your little ones for an epic Aussie summer. From beach trips to backyard barbies, we’ve rounded up the top-notch products that’ll have your bubba covered (quite literally!) during the sunniest season Down Under. Some are obvious but some, not so much. So, slip, slop, slap, and let’s dive in!

Must Have Summer Essentials for Baby

Sun Hats

I think we all know in Australia a hat isn’t just a cute accessory; it’s a shield against the Aussie sun’s harsh rays. Opt for wide-brimmed hats that offer ample shade for your baby’s face, neck, and ears.

ORVINNER Baby Sun Hat offers stylish and sun-safe options, complete with adjustable straps to ensure a snug fit as your little one grows.

Wide brim hats with neck flaps are fantastic for outdoor activities, particularly beach outings. Check out this waterproof baby hat that has a neck flap and offers UPF 50+ sun protection.

When I know my baby will be staying in his shaded pram I’ll use a baby baseball cap. Not only does it offer added comfort for him while leaning back in the pram, but it also provides extra shielding when the pram catches the sun. Plus, let’s be honest—it’s absolutely adorable!

Weradau Baseball Sun Hats are supper soft and the ears are super cute.


Australia’s sun is no joke, and a good sunscreen is your first line of defence against sunburn and skin damage.

For abies under 6 months, it’s not recommended to wear sunscreen as they have super absorptive skin. For babies under 12 months of age, it is recommended to stay away from direct sunlight when the UV index hits 3 or above. 

Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen is a hit among Aussie parents for its reef-friendly formula that’s gentle on delicate skin. It is an all natural organic vegan sunscreen that hasn’t been tested on animals. I always suggest the fragrance free SPF 50 option for babies.


Just like us adults, babies’ eyes are sensitive to UV rays. A pair of baby-friendly sunglasses can make outings a breeze (pun intended).

The perfect pair of baby sunglasses should be lightweight and stay on their face as they wiggle and wobble their tiny little curious heads. 

Babiators baby sunglasses not only offer 100% UVA and UVB protection but are also virtually indestructible. Plus, they come in adorable designs that’ll have your bub looking like the coolest kid on the block.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, try the COCOSAND Baby option. 

Pram Fan

Summers in Australia can get steamy! A pram fan can provide much-needed relief, ensuring your baby stays cool and comfortable during outings.

The Snawowo Mini Pram Fan has a tripod that easily connects to all sorts of prams. It can be charged by a USB or battery operated. Each charge goes from 5 to 12 hours depending on your speed (it has 3 speeds). The gaps in the cover are also very small ensuring safety while keeping things breezy.

Swimwear with UV Protection

I get it, really! Opting for just swim nappies isn’t just more comfy for bub; it’s also fewer laundry loads for us, right?

Yet, here in Australia’s intense sun, where based on Cancer Council NSW a staggering 1 in 3 Aussies will face skin cancer by 70, we’re all about giving our little ones that extra layer of protection.

For those beach days or backyard paddling pools, UV-protective swimwear offers an added layer of sun protection.

The Best of All Amazon store offers a fabulous range of UV-protective swimwear, complete with vibrant designs and handy features like zip-up fronts for easy changes plus a waterproof hat with flaps.

Tips for a Sun-Safe Summer

Seek Shade: Whenever possible, aim for shaded areas, especially during peak sun hours (10 am to 4 pm).

Regardless of the season, always monitor the UV index. If it’s above 2, ensure sun protection is in place. The SunSmart app is a handy tool to check the UV levels in your local are.

Stay Hydrated: Ensure your little one stays hydrated with frequent breast milk or formula feeds, especially during warmer temperatures. It’s not recommended to give water to babies under 6 months; stick with breast milk or formula instead.

Remember, in humid conditions, it’s easy to underestimate your sweat loss. As a result, dehydration can sneak up on you more swiftly compared to dry heat.

A great way to keep baby cool and hydrated is offering them home made popsicles. You can use freezer trays to freeze different liquid and offer it to baby using fruit feeders. Mini Silicon Popsicle molds are also a great option for little hands.

Regular Checks: Always keep an eye out for signs of overheating or sunburn, and adjust your baby’s clothing or location accordingly.

With the right gear, your Aussie baby can enjoy all the sun, surf, and summer fun our beautiful country has to offer. Here’s to a sun-safe and sensational summer, filled with memories that’ll last a lifetime! Cheers, mates!