Summer Lovin’ with One Step Ahead (+Giveaway!)


Summer days are long and hot, especially for kids. Summer days are where memories are made and traditions are cherished. If you’re packing up the kids to head to the beach, the splash pad, or even if you’re staying right in your very own backyard, we’ve rounded up some amazing products from One Step Ahead that are sure to make you and your children love every ounce of summer.

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Sun Smarties Pop-Up Pool and Ball Pit

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If you’re in the market for a perfectly easy backyard pool, look no further than the Sun Smarties Pop-Up Pool and Ball Pit. It’s the easiest pool to assemble, and you don’t have to waste your time and hot air inflating it, while the kiddos run amok at your feet. In one easy step, it makes the perfect pool, sun shade, or ball pit!

The UPF 50-+ canopy blocks out the harmful rays so the children can play, and it is also movable and reposition-able, so it follows the sun, ensuring hours of fun! The pool is an impressive 60″ diameter by 15″ high, so it’s perfectly sized for all children ages 12 months and up.

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The Sun Smarties Pop-Up Pool and Ball Pit also comes with a super handy stay-clean cover and carrying bag, so it’s perfect to pack up and take to Grandma’s house. Or leave it up in the yard overnight with the cover on to keep out the pesky critters that always seem to land smack-dab into any standing water outdoors. An added bonus is that the Sun Smarties Pop-Up Pool and Ball Pit can easily morph into an indoor ball pit (balls sold separately) for hours of indoor winter-time play as well.

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Sun Smarties Apparel

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We adore the Sun Smarties apparel from One Step Ahead, and their swimwear is sure to impress with its unmatched quality, durability and super-cute styles. It’s adorable, and comfortable enough for your child to spend the entire day wearing (as many kids choose to do during the summer!)

The Sun Smarties Swimwear is always UPF 50+ as well as chemical free! One Step Ahead knows that children have such delicate skin, and they aim to protect their skin in all ways possible. Your kids will love the bright colors and fun patterns, and you’ll love how protected from the sun they are while wearing it. We also love how all the Sun Smarties apparel items are 100% machine washable!

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The Nautical Swim Trunks paired with the Nautical Rash Guard gives extra coverage for your little captain at home! The rash guard features long sleeves and a raised collar, allowing maximum protection, but is soft and stretchy enough that he’ll want to keep it on all day long. The swim shirt is made from a high-tech nylon/elastane blend, which is a non-chaffing, quick-drying fabric that’s a great choice for sensitive skin.

The Nautical Swim Trunks have a fun little secret: there’s a hard-working swim diaper attached on the inside! The attached swim diaper even meets the health and safety standards for all public pools! Say goodbye to those pesky disposable leaky swim diapers for good. The boy’s swimsuits are made of supple, quick-drying fabric that’s also UPF 50+ for all-day sun protection. They feature an elastic waist, front tie, and coordinating-colored side pocket.

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The Sun Smarties Long Sleeve Seahorse Rashguard will have people stopping you on the street, asking you where you purchased the set. From seahorses to colorful chevron designs, she won’t want to take this off! The longer back of the shirt and angled cuffs provides the ultimate protection, while also looking adorable at the same time. It is built to last wash after wash, and is designed to last longer than one season. The swim shirt is made from a high-tech nylon/elastane blend, with a light front lining for added coverage so it won’t look see-through at all. 

Pair the rashguard with the precious Seahorse Swim Skirt for the ultimate cute set. The skirt features ruffles, chevron, and, best of all, the freedom to move and play to her heart’s desire! The ruffled, front-lined wrap skirt is made of a stretchy, silky nylon/elastane blend that feels great and holds its shape.

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We love topping off the Sun Smarties swimwear sets with the coordinating bonnets for the girls, and sun hats for the boys. They have adjustable neck straps to hold the hat securely on their head whether they are playing in the pool, in the backyard, or spending the day at the park. The back of the hats are elastic, so they offer unbeatable grow-with-me value to last them a few seasons. They are machine washable and fast drying, and offer UPF 50+ so your child’s kissable cheeks remain unscathed from the vicious summer sun.

The girl’s Pink Sun Bonnet features a delicate flower to please her sense of style, and coordinates perfectly with many of the Sun Smarties Swimwear Collection for Girls. The boy’s Reversible, Adjustable UV Hat is the best hat for your active little boy, and is sure to match either his swimwear or his daily outfit and is also reversible, adding to the value of two colored hats in one!

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Hair Away Swim Band

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If your little girl loves the pool, you know what a hassle it can be to keep the hair out of her eyes while she’s diving in and out of the water, and practicing her newfound swimming skills. The Hair Away Swim Band is the newest and coolest way to tame “Swimmer’s hair!”

This revolutionary headband keeps wet hair out of your child’s face- especially underwater! The secret is that its wide, two strap design not only holds the hair back, but also keeps it down. It’s perfect for girls of all hair types and styles, from those crazy kid bangs to long curly hair that oftentimes escapes a ponytail.

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It is comfortable for girls, and is made from heavy-duty and stretchy neoprene, and is also fast-drying so you can throw it into your pool bag easily.

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Sand-Away Beach Bag

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Are you anticipating a fun day at the beach, or need the perfect bag to transport sand toys to and from your local neighborhood park? The Sand Away Mesh Beach Bag allows you to bring home everything but the sand! The popular beach bag will hold all your necessities, from towels to toys and gear, and even a sand pail and shovel or two! Once you arrive at your destination, it then folds easily away into the self-contained pouch. Or, use the pouch as a zippered compartment, perfect to stow away your keys or ID. When folded inside the pouch, use the handle easily and attach the entire bag to your stroller, or even diaper bag straps.

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Before you leave the beach or sandbox, just give it a shake and all the sand will fall through the mesh walls of the bag. The bag is extremely lightweight and fast drying, with hook and loop closures that ensure your contents will stay put. It’s also great for toting groceries and laundry, so you won’t be at a loss finding a purpose for the Sand Away Mesh Beach Bag. The bag is a massive 18″W x 12″D x 18″H when it’s open, and folds to a simple 9″L x 2″W x 6″H portable pouch.

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One Step Ahead has you covered, from the backyard to the beach to the park with their wide variety of products that will make you and your children love every ounce that summertime has to offer!


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One lucky Daily Mom reader will have the chance to win a summer fun bundle from our friends at One Step Ahead. The bundle includes the following items:

  • Sun Smarties Pop-Up Pool and Ball Pit
  • Sand Away Mesh Beach Bag
  • Hair Away Swim Band

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Giveaway participants must be age 18+ and reside in the U.S. or Canada.

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Megan lives in Michigan with her husband, daughter, and son. Her days are spent hanging out and doing family projects on her real-life farm, and spending time on the Great Lakes. She loves swimming, celebrity gossip, University of Michigan and Denver Broncos football, trashy reality TV, and writing. In addition to being a Mommy and self-proclaimed urban-farmer, she owns a photography business located in Southeast Michigan, Memoirs Photography, and is a partner in a niche Michigan wedding photographer team called Mulberry & Sage.


  1. Oh my goodness. The Hair Away swim band is awesome. Our girls have such long hair and this would be perfect for keeping it out of their face and stuck in their armpits, neck…etc. lol

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