Welcome to Kooba Kids. We are proud to officially launch our website and signature Kooba Kids Zip-Ease Swimsuit which provides full body UPF 50+ sun protection. Kooba Kids specific products are designed and made in Australia which we believe is a real bonus when buying from us.
We are passionate about protecting babies younger than 1 year old as well as children of all ages from the sun’s harsh UV rays. According to those in the medical world, babies younger than 1 year old should not have sunscreen applied to their precious soft skin as their bodies are unable to break down the chemicals within the SPF sunscreen (refer to reference section below). Knowing this information and how much time we spend with our children outdoors at the beach or in the pool, we searched high and low for a full body swimsuit that would cover both their arms and legs but there was nothing available in the Australian market so we decided to design and manufacture it ourselves. Kooba Kids Zip-Ease Swimsuits are made from high quality material so that they withstand salt and chlorinated water as well as the scorching sun. We have designed the swimsuit with a 2 way zipper so that you can easily change your child’s nappy without taking the whole swimsuit off. The cuff at the ankle enables you to put your child’s legs in the swimsuit before zipping it up which helps if he/ she is a real wriggler. You will not find this type of swimsuit anywhere else as our Zip-Ease design has been lodged with Intellectual Property (IP) agencies.
We hope that you enjoy our products!
- Food & Drug Administration (2016). Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually.
According to Sasch (FDA paedetrician) “Babies’ skin is less mature compared to adults, and infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults,” explains Sachs. “Both these factors mean that an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects from the sunscreen.”
“The best protection is to keep your baby in the shade, if possible,” Sachs says. “If there’s no natural shade, create your own with an umbrella or the canopy of the stroller.”
- Cancer Council Australia (2015). Position statement: Sun protection and infants (0-12 months).
“The widespread use of sunscreen on babies under six months is not generally recommended as babies have very sensitive skin which may be more likely to suffer a reaction. For babies older than six months, sunscreen should be used as the last line of defence after avoiding direct sunlight, putting on covering clothing, a hat and shade”
- Sunsmart (2014). Sun-protective clothing.
“The Australasian College of Dermatologists does not recommend widespread regular use of chemical sunscreens on babies under 6 months”.