The Latest Baby Swim Gear

Bummis baby swim gear

Heading to the beach? Every year, we comb through the latest baby swim gear to choose the best environmental and social choices for hip swimming babies.

Because babies need more sun protection than older children and adults, and because most babies still need diapers, we need to treat them a bit differently than the rest of the family. Babies need sun hats and swim diapers. For extended periods in the sun, some parents find it easier to use swim shirts and sun suits for complete coverage.

Baby Sun Hats

Sun hats offer better coverage than sunscreen for the skin that is most often in the sun when you go to the beach with baby. This year we have four different sun hats in stock.

Solid Color Adjustable Sun Hats

Adjustable sun protection hats
  • Wide brim
  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Adjustable elastic around head
  • Solid colors
  • Nylon
  • SFP 50+
  • Made in Canada

Swim Baby Reversible Hats

Reversible baby sun hat
  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Reversible
  • Ties for windy days
  • Solid one side, print other side
  • Lightweight nylon
  • UPF 30+

Reversible Sun Protection Hat

Sun protection hats for baby
  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Reversible
  • Adjustable with hook & loop
  • Prints or solid
  • Lightweight polyester
  • SPF 50+

Bummis Swimmi Sun Caps

Bummis sun cap for baby
  • Wide brim in Floppy (one-piece) or Flap (baseball cap) styles
  • Long back to protect the neck
  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Prints match Swimmi Swim Diapers
  • SPF 50+
  • Materials sourced in North America
  • Made in Canada

Reusable Baby Swim Diapers

Swim diapers aren’t a substitute for an absorbent diaper, but they are designed to keep a baby’s mess out of the pool if an accident happens. Many swim diapers come with matching sun gear, like the sun hats above and the sun shirts below.

Mother-ease Swim Diaper

Mother-ease Swim Diaper
  • Stretchy swimsuit material
  • Adjustable snaps
  • Mesh inner layer catches poop
  • Wear alone or under swimsuit
  • Solid color or print
  • Made in Canada

AppleCheeks Swim Diaper

Apple Cheeks swim diaper
  • Fine knit outside
  • Adjustable snaps
  • Polyester mesh layer inside
  • Solid colors
  • Made in Canada

Bummis Swimmi Swim Diaper

Bummis Swimmi swim diaper
  • Our favorite! Perfection in a swim diaper
  • Cotton laminate layer outside
  • Mesh layer inside
  • Adjustable hook & loop
  • Prints
  • Matching sun hats and co-ordinated swim shirts
  • Made in Canada

Sun Shirts & Sun Suits

When you want more coverage without slathering on the sunscreen, a swim shirt, tankini, or a whole body sun suit will give your baby consistent protection that doesn’t wash or wear off while they play in the sun.

Bummis Swimmi Tankini Swim Suit Top

Bummis Swimmi Tankini
  • Pictured on baby at top of post
  • Made with durable, swimsuit-quality Supplex
  • Adjustable halter top
  • Coordinates with Swimmi sun hats & swim diapers
  • Made in Canada

Bummis Swimmi UV-Tee Swim Shirt

Bummis Swimmi UVT Swim Shirt
  • Made with durable, swimsuit-quality Supplex
  • Coordinates with Swimmi sun hats & swim diapers
  • UPF 30
  • Made in Canada

NoZone Sun Protection Suit

Baby Sun Suit
  • Protection of body, upper arms, and upper legs
  • 100% polyester quick-drying material
  • Flat seams for comfort
  • UPF 50+
  • Made in Canada

Drop by our store to talk to us about your needs, and we will help you choose the best sun solution for your baby or child.

Next week, we’ll do our annual review of the best children’s sunscreens for this year. Check back before you buy!

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5 Outdoor Fun Accessories to Keep Baby Safe & Organized

Beachfront Baby water wrap

As summer creeps up on us and the cottagers and campers start visiting our store, we have seen a lot of interest in sun and fun accessories for babies and children. These are our most popular outdoor items this year.

Rosk Sun Cover

Rosk sun cover for babies

When your baby is too young for sunscreen, under 6 months old, we have the perfect non-toxic solution: a lightweight cotton sun protection cover. The cover is versatile. Two sets of ties work with soft baby carrier, car seat, or stroller. Lab-tested to block 98% of UVA & UVB rays. Infant to four years. Made in China.

Water Resistant Outdoor Blankets

Make a soft, dry place to sit against damp grass, beach sand, or a dusty campsite. We have beach and park blankets in two styles this year.

Beach blanket

Water Resistant Blanket. The cool cotton striped top side of this outdoor blanket comes in two colors. Lightly padded for comfort. Rugged nylon backing.

Outdoor blanket easy carry

Attached carry handles and storage pockets make it easy to fold then keep both blanket and child in hand. Water resistant. Total space: 31 sq ft. Made responsibly in China

Waterproof Picnic Blanket

Spring Park Blanket. If you know it’s going to be really wet, even after a rainstorm, this 100% waterproof polyester fabric will keep your family dry. Folds into a carrying bag. Easy to clean, just wipe or machine wash. Available in two solid color combos. Waterproof. Total space: 23 sq ft. Made in Canada

JuJuBe Super Be Beach Bag

JuJuBe Super Be beach bag

When you are traveling with children, you need a lot of odds and ends. The best beach bag around is the JuJuBe Super Be. Generous size, lightweight, with inner and outer pockets that are easy to see into, and a zip top to keep everything from spilling out.

JuJuBe Beach Bag pockets

Choose from a range of patterns from subtle adult to wild beach style. Easy care by machine wash and air dry. 18″ x 15″ x 5.5″. Made responsibly in China

Non-toxic Sun Protection Suits

Kids Sun Protection Suit

If you are avoiding sunscreen, you don’t need to avoid the sun. This lightweight, stretchy sunsuit gives your child freedom to play in the sun without worry. Especially for children who are sensitive to sunscreen or who just wipe it off before it does its job. UPF rated to 50+, blocks 98% of harmful UV rays. (You will still need to use some sunscreen on arms, legs, and face.) Made in Canada

Beachfront Baby Water Wrap

Baby beach wrap baby carrier

What do you do about a slippery baby at the pool? Hold your baby tight with this stretchy, comfortable water baby carrier. Keep your hands free to play with older children while you wear your baby, even in the water. There is even just enough stretch to wash yourself and baby in the shower. Light, airy, and quick to dry. One size fits most. Water use to 30lbs; land use to 20lbs. Made in USA.

When you are heading to the beach, be sure to stop by to see all of the summer fun accessories we have for you at in Orillia, Ontario.

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Baby Registry Tips Baby Registry

If you already know what you want for your baby, how do you prevent the gifts of piles of stuff you will never use? Use our baby registry. Make sure your family and friends know what you want.

Oh, No! Piles of Stuff

If you have already decided that you can make do with less for your baby, start your list now and be strong in keeping it simple. Think through each item. Do you really need it?

To start, read our posts about what you really need for a baby. You really don’t need much.

Once you have your list, show it to your mother, your older sister, or a friend who has recently had a baby. Ask them whether you really need each item. Ask what they wish they hadn’t bought. Ask what you might be missing. Of course, you need to make your own choices, but it helps to be well informed.

Help Your Family and Friends

Keep in mind that people want to shower you with gifts. That’s why it’s called a shower. They want to share with you what they learned as parents, and that’s a great thing. Accept their kind advice, but be clear that you want only certain kinds of gifts.

Without judging other people’s choices, explain your choices. Explain natural materials, using less so you waste less, buying quality products that will last, and focusing on open play.

You might even write a short paragraph in the shower invitation so everyone knows you have specific items you want. Work with the person giving your shower to build a theme around eco-friendly parenting, and you will have even more opportunity to explain your choices.

Make It Easy for Everyone

Your guests need to know where to go to find your registry. Include a link to your registry in invitations. Send an email to each person invited with a clickable link.

In the gift registry, you can make comments on each selection. Explain why you want each item, what it will allow you to do, and how much it means to you that someone will help you get it. Make sure you indicate priority so you get what you want most first.

Always bring it back to the baby and the gift giver. It’s such a beautiful thing they are doing to help you as you start on your journey as a parent. Welcome their help. Just guide it gently, so you can actually use what they give.

How to Set up Your Gift Registry

If you are already a customer of, you just login to your customer account to set up your registry list. If you aren’t a customer yet, you can start a new account. Just make sure you have your Customer Profile set up.

Start shopping while logged in. Choose items with the Add to Registry button. Be sure to make comments for each item. You can come back and change your list later.

Give each item a priority, so your guests will know how important or just nice-to-have it is.

Choose either public registry or password-protected registry. Public is easier for your guests, but we understand why some parents prefer a private registry.

Print registry cards to include with your shower invitations, so your guests will know exactly where to look for your list. We’re created registry cards for you.

When you have set up your baby registry, send us an email at info at to sign up for our Registry Rewards program. You will get a store credit for 10% of the value of all purchases by your family and friends. We just need to know the name you used for the registry, your shipping details, and your baby’s estimated due date.

That’s it. Registering for gifts is an easy process that helps you get only what you really need and want and helps your guests know that their gifts will be genuinely useful to you.

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But My Daycare Won’t Allow Cloth Diapers

Baby waiting for diaper change

A concern we hear a lot from parents is that their daycare provider won’t take cloth diapers. While the first answer you get might be, “No!” we have found that daycare centers often just need to learn more about cloth diapers before they are willing to change your baby’s reusable diapers in daycare.

Sometimes success is in how you frame it for your provider. Prepare by doing the following:

  • understand the laws and regulations,
  • know your daycare provider’s policies,
  • be willing to educate kindly, and
  • consider using very easy diapers for daycare.

Does the law prevent daycare providers from using cloth diapers? In Canada, no law restricts the use of cloth diapers in daycare; in the U.S., there are a few restrictions, but they are rare.

What you are probably hearing behind the statement, “The province (or the state) doesn’t allow us to use cloth diapers,” is a fear of cloth diapers. We can deal with that.

Before you jump in on the offensive, though, take a deep breath and think about what the person really means. Your goal is to have this person use cloth diapers on your child. You have a better chance to reach your goal if you make them an ally.

Can a policy really restrict the use of cloth diapers? Many daycare providers have policies against cloth diapers. Misinformed though these are, you need to work with them to change policies if you are going to reach your goal.

Some policies against cloth diapers were written when the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children, an organization that certifies daycare providers) had a policy against allowing cloth diapers without medical reason. The NAEYC changed their policy, but a lot of those old policies are still in place. It’s time to change them, and you can help.

Without confrontation, gather the facts specific to your province or state and the certifying body for your provider. Make an appointment to talk to the person who has the power to change the policy. Take copies of the policies. Take an easy cloth diaper to show, such as an all-in-one or a pocket diaper. And, help them to understand that this change is about the babies not the adults.

I shouldn’t have to fight this! You’re right. You shouldn’t. But, you do, so do it kindly. These are the people who take care of your child every day, so it’s important to maintain good relationships with them.

I want to emphasize that it’s not worth antagonizing the people who care for your child. Change is difficult, and people don’t like being told they are wrong. So, adjust your approach to help them want to make a change in policy, if necessary.

If you really can’t communicate well with the daycare provider about the issue of cloth diapers, look for other options. Find a cloth-diaper-friendly daycare provider.

But, they won’t use my diapers! It’s easy to compromise on which cloth diapers to use. Considering having a daycare set of diapers.

Even if you use flat diapers or prefolds at home, you want to make the process as free as possible from hesitation on their part. Provide diapers that are very easy to use in one move. All-in-one diapers or pre-stuffed pocket diapers are familiar enough in shape and function that most daycare centers will accept them.

If you don’t normally use these diapers, but you are trying to save money, how about buying a dozen used diapers from another parent as their child has learned to use the toilet. You always have options.

Bonus. How can you make it easy for everyone involved?

Did you know that some daycare centers use diaper service to make the changing of diapers easier for everyone? If you have a local diaper service, talk to them about whether they could consider servicing daycare. If they are willing to work with you, that is one more option you can present to the daycare center. Just be sure to tell them how this will make their job easier.

For more resources, see the Real Diaper Association’s research and tips on cloth diapers in daycare.

Cloth Diapering Basics

Recently, we’ve covered our answers to common questions and comments that we get in the store about cloth diaper 101 basics, like

What! We’ve got the answers.

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