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Children's UV protection suits

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Gillian76 · 28/04/2005 15:59

Does anyone have experience of buying these or their kids wearing them?

I am finding the whole subject very confusing. There seem to be some that say they protect against UVA and B rays and others that don't mention this. There are some in Asda for £8 and others in John Lewis for £35!

Do they work? Are the Next/M&S/Mothercare ones at £15 as good as the posh expensive ones and the Asda at £8 just rubbish?

Help! This is too taxing for me

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dropinthe · 28/04/2005 16:00

AVON do ones that say 40 sunscreen-have just bought one-approx £20.00 with hat.

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Gillian76 · 28/04/2005 16:04

Can I buy them online, dropinthe? Or do I need to find an Avon rep?

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RTKangaMummy · 28/04/2005 16:10

We have had them for DS for years

IMHO I would not bother with one for £8

We had them from mail order which was 100+ sunscreen cover

The last ones we got in Australia

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Gillian76 · 28/04/2005 16:13

Do they get hot in them, RTKangaMummy?

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alison222 · 28/04/2005 16:17

i had factor 50 ones from boots at about 25 pounds.
I just bought one from Adams childrenswear with factor 40 on the label that was about 14 if i remember correctly.
I think they are becoming a bit easier to find and perhaps this is why the price is coming down a bit.

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Gillian76 · 28/04/2005 16:19

What about long or short sleeves? There must be a fine line between protecting them and roasting them surely?

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marbeth · 28/04/2005 16:27

Hi Gillian76

We have always used sunsuits for our ds.Still use them now aged 7.Normally buy them in next ,m&s and mothercare.Have never any concerns with them.Infact when on holiday one afternoon we let him have it off for an hour and someone wanted to know which factor we were using as it appeared excellant as his skin was so white.Also never has a problem of getting to cold as he ends up in pool most of time.

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marbeth · 28/04/2005 16:28

meant to say getting to hot in suit!

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RTKangaMummy · 28/04/2005 16:29

They are very thin and when they go in water they dry really quickley

Ours are like very thin T shirt but very tightly woven fabric


You need either all-in-one or one with a long flap down the back so when building sandcastles their backs are covered


ours had long sleeves that were between wrist and elbow and you need high neck so back of neck is covered

our hat is legionaires one that FLOATS which is great if falls off in pool or sea.

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RTKangaMummy · 28/04/2005 16:30

Yes my DS is nearly 10 years and always has worn one and has NEVER even got brown or pink


we use factor 60 on face and feet

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RTKangaMummy · 28/04/2005 16:33

We also had a T-shirt that was from same company that he wore when we went round the world

so he could wear it as a t-shirt and that was factor 100 as well

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Pamina3 · 28/04/2005 16:47

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floppsy · 28/04/2005 17:39

Bought one for dd last year when we went to spain,gother an o'neill one from a surf shop which cost around £22,she is 2.5 now & it was great.I think it was 100+ uv,must have worked cause she never burnt,they were also nice looking ones so she could were it quite alot.

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Polka · 28/04/2005 17:42

I don't know if this helps you at all Gillian but I have a new website selling childrenswear and maternity clothes - Polka Dot Clothes - see also my paid for ad in the classified section. I am selling new Marks and Spencer 2 piece sun protection suits for only £9.99. They have a UPF of 40+ and give UVA and UVB protection. They are available in various sizes up to age 4 yrs. The website is at Polka Dot Clothes

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ja9 · 28/04/2005 18:01

oohhh. hadn't thought about this...

i've just bought one from debenhams - babble boom make. does anyone know if those ones have uv protection?

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LIZS · 28/04/2005 18:23

ja9, I'd be surprised if it wasn't ok but there should be a square swing label attached with the price tag, stating the spf factor. If nothing on there, you could always phone their central customer services and ask.
Debenhams Head Office
Please telephone 08445 61 61 61 or send a fax to 020 7408 3366.

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Gillian76 · 28/04/2005 18:51

So do the same principles apply as sun cream? Factor 40+ would allow you to stay out 40x longer in the sun without getting burnt? Presumably with 100+ cover you wouldn't be worried however long you were out.

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