As nature intended
Designed by French company Janod, a new range of wooden buckets and spades take beach toys to a level of sophistication far beyond the usual plastic variety. Made from ecologically sound wood, these are built to last more than one season at the beach. The collection also includes wooden block shapes such as fish and starfish. Available in red, orange and sea blue. HK$290 (bucket) and HK$90 (spade) at Jellybean, Shop A, 138 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2527 8600.
For the bobbing baby
Here's a swimming aid for the littlest member of the family. Water floats give babies a sense of security as they paddle with their feet and splash around in the sea with parents or siblings. The Flower Baby Pool Float features a rubber ring design with leg holes plus a canopy for some sun protection. HK$170 at www.babycentral.com.hk.
The real swim shady
Australian swimwear brand Solarsuit has been supplying cancer organisations Down Under with swimwear for a decade and offers children good protection from the sun. Made with a chlorine-resistant fabric called Chloresist, the swimwear has a sun protection factor of UPF50+, as rated by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. Available in a range of colours, such as aqua, purple and pink, as well as a selection of designs, the swimwear caters to all the family, from babies to adults. HK$500 from www.solarsuit.com.hk. Also available at Bumps to Babes, 21/F Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2552 5000; or 5/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2522 7112.
Belly good idea
For mums-to-be, the Seafolly Goddess Tankini offers a two-for-one option in swimwear. The tankini gives more coverage than a bikini, and clever design features allow it to expand as your belly grows. The Goddess Viva A-line design stretches over a growing belly and shrinks back into shape post-pregnancy. Other styles in the Goddess range come with a ruched front that make room for an expanding tummy. HK$1,450 at Ozzie Cozzie, 503 Tak Woo House, 1-3 Wo On Lane, 17-19 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2810 1356.