As moms, we’re always trying to do what’s best for our kids to help keep them healthy and protected. We know there is a lot of talk about sun safety, as well as confusion around the right supplements to give kids, so we’ve partnered with Jamieson Vitamins to break it down for everyone.
We spend a ton of time outdoors in the summer. While Nat’s in the Cape, Cat’s up north at the cottage, and then we reunite in mid-July and the kids go buck wild in the backyard together.
Our crew loves spending their days outside playing sports, running through the sprinkler, jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes, scooters and whatever else they can find. And we love it, too, because it helps keep our houses somewhat intact and it wipes these little people out on the daily. 🙌
With that being said, it’s super important that we teach our kids about sun safety and how to protect ourselves from UV-rays that cause skin cancer and permanent skin damage. To keep it simple, we focus on the 4Ss – use sunscreen SPF30+, seek shade, don’t lose your sun style and supplement with vitamin D.
When we’re out in the sun, we lather on SPF 30 or higher and we cover up with sunglasses, hats, and rashies. Funny story – Cat is so paranoid about sun damage that she’s always making her kids wear swim shirts over their bathing suits, but this lead Max (Cat’s son) to believe that he’s not allowed to walk around without a shirt on because it’s inappropriate to go topless!! Poor guy was convinced that he couldn’t expose his knuckles (our kids’ term for boy nipples), but in reality, Cat just wants to protect him from the sun. 😂
Since the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 3pm or any time that UV Index is 3 or more, we limit the amount of time we’re in the sun. This is the perfect opportunity to have lunch and some downtime either inside or in the shade, or if you’re like Nat, it’s the prime time to lie down in bed…
Despite what many people may think, the sun isn’t the safest source of Vitamin D. Instead of exposing yourself to dangerous UV rays, you can take a vitamin D supplement.
Jamieson Vitamin D comes in sprays, chewables, tablets, soft gels and liquid drops, and all of them have a yellow cap to help remind us to take them on sunny days, because ya’ll know we need all the reminders we can get. Our kids take Jamieson’s Vitamin D Kids Chewable, and it’s honestly the easiest way to get them the Vitamin D they need. The fact that the vitamins taste good is just a bonus.
Let us know how you and your fam spend the summer and share your sun safety tips with us!
We created this post in partnership with Jamieson Vitamins, but all opinions are our own.