Swimwear Beauty Within Kids

The Beauty Within

Whilst the world of social media has many positives in bringing people together to share and connect, as a mother of young children I can’t help being concerned about the increasing focus on our external appearance. 

More than ever we are bombarded by images of perfectly made up people sporting the latest in fashion, make-up and hairstyles.  I believe these constant images of perfection are setting unrealistic standards in our children’s impressionable and developing minds. (At least they are unrealistic in our household—I’m lucky to have a shower some days let alone manage a full face of makeup, and perfect hair!)  Don’t get me wrong, I like an opportunity to get frocked up as much as the next person, however I think like most things in life it’s all about balance—meaning getting dressed up for a special occasion or a night out, not just to leave the house.

In my opinion this focus on what we look like runs the risk of distracting our children from concentrating on what is really important in their personal development like the type of person they want to be and what qualities they want to possess for a happy and healthy adulthood.  Research suggests that developing a negative body image puts our children at much higher risk of developing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and body image disorders in their teens and adult life. In fact, Australian data shows about one in three young people have issues with their body image.

So in this week’s blog I thought I would share with you some of my thoughts that I’ve collected from a wide range of literature on how we can help our children develop a healthy body image.

  • Compliment children on things other than their appearance. Things like being kind, thoughtful, healthy, strong, artistic, funny, and their attitude to school work.
  • Focus on healthy eating and exercise, not weight.  Talk about balance, and what our bodies need to be healthy, and the effects of too much or too little for our body’s health and performance.
  • Be a positive role model for your children.
    • We all have good and bad days, but try to resist the urge to talk negatively about your body shape, size or looks in front of your children
    • Make healthy food choices and exercise regularly
    • Watch for subtle messages we send all the time i.e. saying to a friend ‘wow you look amazing, have you lost weight?’ If we are constantly remarking on our friend’s appearances, it will send a message to our children that we value these things above less superficial things like their sense of humour or cleverness.
  • Educate your children about media images.  It’s important that they understand that the way people look in these images may not be what they look like in real life.  Talk to them about how airbrushing, lighting and camera angles can create unrealistic images.
  • Different is not defective.  Different is just different, not good or bad.  We all come in different shapes, sizes, have different likes and dislikes—teach your children to appreciate the differences in others instead of fearing or ridiculing them.

The following sites provide further information and resources in realtion to this topic. Kids MatterRaising Children Network, Kids Help Line.

Swimwear - Sun Safety Myths Debunked

Sun Safety Myths Debunked

At Sandy Feet Australia we’re passionate about protecting children from the harmful effects of UV Radiation. So we thought with summer on our doorstep, it may be a great time for a reminder about the importance of protecting yourself in the sun this summer, and to dispel a few common myths about sun protection.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. According to Cancer Council Australia:

  • Each year more than 2,000 Australians die from this almost entirely preventable disease.
  • Sunburn causes 95% of melanomas. 
  • Many people get sunburnt when they are taking part in water sports and activities at the beach or a pool, as well gardening or having a barbeque. 
  • Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years. 

This month Cancer Council Queensland shared some myths about sun protection, we thought were worth sharing. 

Myth 1: Sun damage is not possible on windy, cloudy or cool days – false.
You can get sun damage in any weather as this is caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, not temperature. Sun protection is required when the UV index is three or greater – in some parts of Australia like Queensland this is all year around. Check daily UV levels at

Myth 2: Plenty of sun exposure is required to avoid vitamin D deficiency – false.
Australians shouldn’t expose themselves to potentially harmful UV in order to get more vitamin D. When UV levels are 3 or above, most Australians get enough vitamin D with just a few minutes of sun exposure while completing everyday tasks – like walking to the car or shops. During peak UV times, it’s important to reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting your skin.

Myth 3: You can stay outside for longer when you are wearing SPF50+ than you can with SPF30+ – false. No sunscreen is a suit of armour and sunscreen should never be used to extend the amount of time you spend in the sun. SPF50+ only offers marginally better protection than SPF30+, filtering 98 per cent of UV compared to 96.7 per cent, respectively. Cancer Council recommends applying a sunscreen that is SPF30 or higher before heading outside, every two hours, after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.

Myth 4: People with olive skin are not at risk of skin cancer – false.
Regardless of skin type, exposure to UV radiation can cause skin to be permanently damaged. People with olive skin are actually more likely to detect their skin cancers at a later stage, emphasising the importance of protection, self-checks, and early detection.

Myth 5: If you tan but don’t burn, you don’t need sun protection – false.
There is no such thing as a safe tan. If skin darkens, it is a sign of skin cells in trauma, even if there is no redness or peeling. Skin darkens as a way of trying to protect itself because the UV rays are damaging cells.

Cancer Council Australia advises you protect yourself in 5 ways: Slip on sun protective clothing, Slop on SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunglasses. For more information please visit The Cancer Council Australia website or contact their helpline on 13 11 20.

You may also not realise that many fabrics lose their sun protection as soon as they are exposed to sun, salt, sand and chlorine.  At Sandy Feet Australia we understand the importance of protecting young children’s skin from the harmful effects of UV Radiation. That’s why our unique retro-Scandinavian designs are all UPF 50+, 100% chlorine proof, quick drying, and won’t fade or stretch. Sandy Feet Australia’s unique fabric has been shown through testing conducted by ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) to maintain its’ UPF50+ rating for at least 5 years. So protect your kids this summer with Sandy Feet Australia, Designed for Play and Made to Last.

Beach Play - Kids Swimwear

Brain Development, Playing and The Importance of Getting Grubby. by Dr Marnie Cumner

Playing has been listed as a child’s fundamental human right by the United Nations and one prominent academic is calling for the first lesson of the school day to be recess.  So, what’s all this fuss about children and playing?

With the seemingly never-ending carousel of school, homework, projects, dance class, sports practice, music lessons, and then some more homework - it can seem like our children are scheduled to the eyeballs. Add to this the increasing use of screen-time as down-time and suddenly there is little room for anything else. In our hurried modern world, the importance of just playing – unstructured, free, joyous playing – can be so easily overlooked.

A child’s brain develops in response to its environment. Children are like sponges, absorbing new information and experiences, then using these to fuel their own ideas and creations. Like a muscle, those pathways in the brain that are used often become stronger. We all want our children to be good problem-solvers, to interact well with others, to manage their emotions well, to be creative, resilient and to communicate effectively. Play gives our children the opportunity to develop and strengthen these areas.

From an early age, play allows infants and children to engage with the world around them. Consistent, predictable and loving relationships are essential to healthy brain development. Playing with the important adults in their lives gives children the chance to learn new skills and face new challenges in a secure, loving environment. Children also learn how to manage their own responses to everyday challenges and frustrations by observing the adults in their life. But time playing without adults is also important, as it allows children to create a world where they are in charge of the challenges they face, at their own pace. 

Play comes in many different forms – active and physical games, make-believe, language and social games, as well as construction and experimenting. Play is spontaneous, voluntary, unpredictable and great fun. It gives children the time and space to immerse themselves in their own imagination or environment. This means letting them get dirty, experiment, build things, make a mess, fall over and even letting them fail sometimes. Research suggests that free play outside also provides great benefits to child development, such as improving physical wellness, environmental awareness, creativity, confidence and concentration.

By giving our children the time and space to play – creative, exciting, adventurous, imaginative play –  we are setting them on the right path toward becoming confident, motivated, resilient and kind adults.


Dr Marnie Cumner is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who specialises in understanding how brain function affects the everyday thinking and behaviour of children and adolescents.  She currently practices in Noosa Heads and lives in the peaceful Noosa hinterland with her husband, two young children and menagerie of farm animals.

Swimwear Bag Giveaway

Free Swimwear Bag Giveaway

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our new Sandy Feet Swimwear Bag.  It's the perfect accompaniment to any trip to the beach or pool.

Made out of high quality waterproof fabric, our new swimwear bag is perfect for putting all your wet and sandy gear in at the end of a day at the beach or pool.  No more lugging a big pile of wet bathers wrapped in a towel back to the car at the end or your day, or worse still putting them in your beach bag only to find everything else is now wet and sandy too!

Stylish and lightweight, you won't want to be without it.  

We think it's so great we will be giving one away FREE with every purchase until stocks run out.

We hope you love them as much as we do!

Kids Swimwear Still Sun Safe

Is Your Child's Swimwear Still Sun Safe?

Most people realise the importance of wearing UPF rated clothing to protect ourselves and our children when we are in the sun. However what people may not realise is that many fabrics start to lose their sun protection as soon as they are exposed to sun, salt, sand and chlorine.

Recently at Sandy Feet Australia we had one of our extremely well loved rashies tested through ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency)  to evaluate what the UPF rating was 5 years on. After 5 years of chlorine, sun, salt and sand (and a mother who often forgot to rinse the swimwear straight after use!) the rashie still received a UPF rating of 50+ - the maximum possible rating. Just as importantly the rashie also maintained it shape and vibrancy during this time.

More evidence that you can be confident that when you buy beach or pool wear from   Sandy Feet Australia you are getting a high quality product that truly lasts.

Our entire range at Sandy Feet Australia has achieved the maximum sun protection with a UPF50+ rating, blocking out at least 97.5% of harmful ultraviolet radiation.

For more information on UPF and protecting yourself and your family from ultraviolet radiation please visit the ARPANSA website or The Cancer Council of Australia

For more information on our unique fabrics please see our Product Info Page