Non-Toxic Warm Weather Favorites: How to Keep Your Family Protected Outside

With the weather warming up people are thinking about ways they can spend more time outside. With quarantine still in place, in most areas, people are hoping to find activities they can do at home with their little ones. Like, most things, there are options out there that are less toxic and/or better for the environment.

I polled my followers on Instagram to see what types of items they would like to see in this post and have included what I received the most requests for. I’ll cover baby pools, water tables, outdoor toys/swings, bathing suits and accessories, beach gear, sunscreens, and bug spray.

If this is something else you were hoping to see, please leave a comment or send me a message. I’m happy to help you do the research!

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Baby Pools

Nothing is cuter than seeing a little kid splash around, having the time of their life in a pool. Unfortunately, most of the baby pools out there are of the blow-up version and these are typically made with PVC which is one of my big NOs. PVC is especially a no when it will be in warm and wet conditions- the perfect environment for leaching chemicals.

When it comes to baby/kiddie pools the harder the plastic, the better. Yup- those super cheap ones ($10-15) that you see at many big box stores are what you want! I even grabbed one at Petsmart the other day! These pools won’t last season after season, most likely, but they are your safest bet.

PS- if you are filling your pool up with a hose, make sure that you have purchased a lead-free version!

Sun Squad™ Wading Kiddie Pool Blue found at Target*

Polygroup Wading Pet Pool found at Petsmart*

Step2® Play & Shade Pool for Toddlers found at Walmart* and Amazon*

Summer Waves® 45in Plastic Kiddie Wading Pool found at Walmart*

Water Right 50′ Slim & Light Garden Hose found on Rejuvenation* and Amazon*

Water Right 400 Series Polyurethane Slim & Light Drinking Water Safe Garden Hose found at Walmart* and Amazon*

Water Tables

Similar to the pools above, when it comes to water (and sand) tablers we want to purchase the harder plastic. These items are typically made with #2 plastic and are BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free.

Step2® Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table found at Walmart* and Amazon*

Step2® Rain Showers & Unicorns Water Table found at BuyBuyBaby* and Amazon*

Step2® Ball Buddies Adventure Center found at Kohl’s*

Step2® Summer Showers Splash Tower Water Table for Toddlers found at Walmart* and Amazon*

Beach Gear

While I haven’t researched the many different options for pop-up tents, I do know that the Veer Basecamp was the one that I went with. I love my Veer Wagon and when the Basecamp was released, I reached out to ask if it contains any PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances), including C6 and C8 and if there are any waterproofing treatments applied and/or what their waterproofing is made of. Customer service confirmed that their products (at least the Wagon and Basecamp) do not contain any from that list. They let me know that the exterior side of the basecamp floor is coated with polyurethane for water resistance.

Ikea is usually a good bet for products, in general, as they adhere to European standards and are committed to not using PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl).

For towels and bags aim to find 100% cotton options that are organic and/or OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified which means that the fabrics have been tested and are free of over 300 chemicals and known irritants.

Veer Basecamp Pop-Up Tent found at Nordstrom* and Pottery Barn Kids*

Ikea Sommarvind Pop-up Sun/Wind Shelter found at Ikea

Pottery Barn Kids Lilly Pulitzer Cheek to Cheek Family Beach Towel found at PBK*

Pottery Barn Kids Stripe Family Beach Towel found at PBK*

Pottery Barn Kids Anchor Round Family Beach Towel found at PBK*ea

Pottery Barn Mini Striped Organic Beach Towel found at Pottery Barn*

Pottery Barn Pacifico Palm Organic Beach Towel found at Pottery Barn*

Pottery Barn Turkish Striped Beach Towel found at Pottery Barn*kea

Toys/Swings

With toys that are more resistant to outdoor conditions, plastic is usually your best bet. Unfortunately, many plastics are laden with toxic BPA, PVC, phthalates, and more. The below options do not contain any from that list and are all from brands I trust if I am going to buy plastic.

Green Toys Oceanbound Tide Pool Set found at Target* and Amazon*

Green Toys Dump Truck (also available in Pink/Purple) found at Amazon*

Green Toys Watering Can Outdoor Activity Set – Elmo found at Amazon*

Crocodile Creek – Rainbow Unicorn – Kids Soccer Ball found at Amazon*

Crocodile Creek Solar System Playground Ball found at Amazon* and Walmart*

Crocodile Creek – Sharks – Kids Rubber Football found at Amazon*

Twee Cheesy Pizza Sidewalk Chalk found at The Tot* and ETSY*

Twee Dragon Egg and Scales Sidewalk Chalk found at The Tot* and ETSY*

Twee Unicorn and Narwhal Sidewalk Chalk Horn found at The Tot* and ETSY*

Swurfer Kiwi Swing found at The Tot*, Kohls, and Amazon*

Swurfer Spider Rider found at The Tot* and Walmart*

Swurfer Sway Classic Swing found at The Tot*, Walmart, and Amazon*ETSY*

Swimwear/Accessories

With swimwear and other clothing-type items, I focus on finding options that are made with certified materials. Hanna Andersson and Pottery Barn (kids towels at least) are OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified which means that the fabrics have been tested and are free of over 300 chemicals and known irritants.

With accessories (sunglasses etc.) I am looking to find products that are BPA, lead, and phthalate-free.

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Rash Guard Suit found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Rainbow Tankini Set found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Rash Guard found at Hanna Andersson*

Pottery Barn Kids Shark Baby Beach Hooded Towel found at PBK*

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Floppy Sun Hat found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Swim Hat found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Swim Shorts found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Asymmetrical One Piece Suit found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Multi-striped One Piece Suit found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Baby Rash Guard Top & Swim Shorts Set found at Hanna Andersson*

Hanna Andersson Baby Appy One Piece Swim Suit & Hat Set found at Hanna Andersson*

Pottery Barn Kids Sunshine Stripe Beach Towel found at PBK*

Pottery Barn Kids Stripe Kid Cover-Up found at PBK*

Pottery Barn Kids Unicorn Baby Critter Robe found at PBK*

Green Sprouts Swim Diaper found at Amazon*

Roshambo Baby Polarized Sunglasses found at Amazon*

Roshambo Toddler Polarized Sunglasses found on Amazon*

Green Sprouts Swim Diaper found at Amazon*

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a big topic that I won’t cover in its entirety here (I’ll save that for a separate blog post.) Many sunscreens out there contain ingredients that are harmful to humans and the planet.

Main Things I Avoid in Sunscreen:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octisalate
  • Avobenzone
  • Homosalate
  • Fragrance
  • Sulfates
  • Preservatives
  • Spray Options (lotion minimizes the inhalation of the ingredients)
  • Bug Repellent properties (DEET etc.)

Earth Mama Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion found at Earth Mama*, Walmart, and Amazon

Earth Mama Baby Face Mineral Sunscreen found at Earth Mama*, Walmart*, and Amazon*

Earth Mama Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion found at Earth Mama*, Walmart* and Amazon*

Badger SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream Unscented found at Walmart* and Amazon*

Waxhead Baby found at Amazon* and Walmart*

Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen found at Amazon*, Target,* and Babo*

Raw Elements Baby + Kids Sunscreen Tin found at : Amazon*, Hive*, Macy’s*, Target*, Thrive Market*

Raw Elements Baby + Kids Sunscreen Stick found at Amazon*, Hive*, Target*, Macy’s*

Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream & Unscented Sport Sunscreen Face Stick found at Amazon* Sunscreen found at Walmart*

Bug Spray

There are many concerns with DEET and the effects it may have on us and especially our little ones. Because of these concerns, I avoid it if possible. Many people make their own bug sprays that seem to be very effective. I haven’t done this, yet. But it’s worth a google if you’re interested!

Amrita Bugs BeGone found at Amrita* & Amazon*

Badger Anti-Bug Spray found at Amazon* and Target*

Oilogic Bug Bites and Itches Roll On found at Walmart* and Amazon*

Zoe Organics Insect Repellent found at Zoe Organics*

Kosmatology Bug Repellent Skin Balm found at Kosmatology

California Baby Bug Repellent found at Amazon* and Walmart*

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