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We all have our fingers crossed for brighter days ahead, and the sunshine certainly helps with that. So we’re prepared for warmer weather, we’ve rounded up our best picks for keeping yourself summer safe, as well as the kids.

For The Kids

The IZIPIZI sunglasses, £30, come in every colour (even tortoiseshell), and feature special lenses that properly protect, delicate eyes.

A towelling tunic is the easiest way to keep the sun rays off their shoulders when they’re in and out of the paddling pool. We love this striped one from Next £16 – £19.

We remember Crocs from when they first launched and we’re not sure we’d have been seen dead in them then. Now all the cool kids are wearing them so what do we know. There’s also no denying they’re a saviour when it comes to children who are in and out the house, and them being able to pop on their own feet. We love a navy pair £20 from Alex and Alexa here.

Babymoov’s bestselling Anti-UV sun tent in new blue wave, is not just great as it keeps the sun off with UPF 50+ protection, we’ve also managed to convince our kids that it’s the ultimate outdoor camp to keep them entertained. You can carry it and then just pop-up in seconds anywhere and as it’s such a hit with TMC, Babymoov have kindly given a discount for our club. Simply enter ‘mumclub10’ at checkout to save 10% off the £34.99 RRP. Offer valid for the next 2 weeks.

If you haven’t got one of these hats for your children, then we can’t rate them enough. Their cool and fun designs make them appealing for the kids, but they also have a super handy neck cover at the back, are 100% cotton and provide UV and mosquito protection. We’re currently loving the cub and sophisticat design, £27.

Forget the bulky buckets that are hard to carry and get yourself a scrunch bucket and spade. Yes, that’s right, a bucket and spade that you can squish right down and pack-up easily. Bucket £8.99, Spade £2.99

A made to measure mud kitchen to encourage outdoor play and give you a moments peace in the sunshine. Prices start from around £200, but they really are great for keeping the kids entertained.

Honey Kuling x Garbo & Friends Buttercup Rashguard Set, £37, provides UV 50+ sun protection, so you can just apply sun cream to the uncovered areas, which should take less time and in theory, should mean less moaning. Plus, it makes them look super cute too.

For You

Keep things chilled with a POPS BELLINI. Created using real prosecco and a dash of peach schnapps. Each ice lolly is 3.8% ABV, dairy and gluten, with a delicious slushy, sorbet-like texture. Yum.

A fedora will never go out of fashion, which makes it the perfect purchase. This one is £58 from Lack of Color and we love it.

Hunza G’s crinkle, bright and bold bikini collection has been on our radar for a few years now and we still can’t get enough of it. This blue bandeau is super comfy but also forgiving for tan lines if you’re not as conscientious at applying your cream as the kids. From £112 from Matches

Perfect for summer days in the park, this quilted roll-up picnic blanket was designed especially for the Tiba + Marl x Smiley® collaboration. Super soft and padded it brings an element of comfy and cool to any picnic. £42.

These classic cat eye sunglasses are a bargain at £12. Which is handy if you’re running round after children and drop your glasses on the floor 15 times a day (like we do!).

A summer cover up dress for popping over beachwear and looking like you’ve made an effort. £79 here.

We love this floral bag for throwing all the essentials in. Way better than a carrier and worth the investment for a summer long worth of use.

Streamline your packing with the Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive 50+ – as it’s perfect for you and the kids’ skin – contains no oil or perfume and sinks into skin fast. £19.99 from Superdrug.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated in the heat with a Chilly’s water bottle, £30, here:

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