If you’re going for a swim, you need a way to dry off — we recommend organic, chemical-free fabrics. Lil Honu’s organic cotton hooded bath wrap might seem slightly pricy for something that will be seeing a lot of sand this summer, but its generous sizing means that little ones can use the same towel for cozying up for multiple summers. It’s also pesticide free and dye free, so these comfy towels will just keep getting softer and better to snuggle up in. Pristine Planet also offers a plentiful selection of organic cotton or bamboo baby towels from brands like Kate Quinn Organics, Coyuchi, and Under the Nile. The site also has a useful search function so you can choose certains tags to narrow down the fabrics or qualities you are looking for.
2. Reusable Swim Diapers
Going to the pool or beach doesn’t mean you have to buy packs of disposable swim diapers. Organic swim diapers are a great option for anytime your little ones need protection while exploring the water. Swedish brand ImseVimse (it means Itsy Bitsy in Swedish!) has gotten rave reviews for their all-in-one organic swim diaper/swimsuit. The brand has an array of cute colors printed with fish, sea animals, and polka dots. For another waterwear option, Tuga recently came out with swim diapers for boys and girls. Made in a variety of colors with their signature turtle print or a shark print, the Tuga swim diapers are UPF 50+, made from chemical-free fabric and can be washed and reused numerous times. They are approved for public pool use and even triple layered with an advanced bacterial-blocking lining to protect your tot (and others splashing near him!).
3. Beach bags
Finding the right beach bag to lug all that stuff can be a tall order since said bag must hold everything from healthy snacks to game equipment to books. It also has to be sturdy enough to go everywhere and to withstand the little hands that are constantly reaching inside. Bee Country’s beach tote bags are funky and sort of rugged looking, which is definitely a plus when it comes to the abuse our bags take. These upcycled bags are made from big coffee bean sacks and then lined with a variety of prints and patterns. A beach bag that doesn’t scream “I’m a Mom!”. The band-aids, diapers, and juice boxes that tumble out of it may, however, give you away. Using an organic cotton tote bag as a base, Ashley Austin of LovelyPiecesDesign applies individual pieces of Ashley’s own design patterns using an iron on transfer process. We love the bag’s whimsical, nature-inspired design and, best of all, the fact that the design is waterproof! This bag would also be great for going to the farmer’s market.
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