Summer is officially here and you know what that means….sun’s out, bums out. beach bums that is!
There’s nothing that I enjoy more during the summer than being outside. I want to walk, play, swim, explore…the list goes on and on.
Since I like spending time outdoors, sun protection is a MUST. Every summer I turn to the internet looking for the recommendations of best sunscreens for baby. This year, I finally had to do a search for toddlers. Joke was on me thought because the list is nearly identical.
According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics):
Sun Safety for Babies Under 6 Months
- Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and use brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn.
- When adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) on infants under 6 months to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. Remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective.
- If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area.
Sun Safety for Kids
- The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective.
- Try to find a wide-brimmed hat that can shade the cheeks, chin, ears and back of the neck. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection are also a good idea for protecting your child’s eyes.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater to areas of your child’s skin that aren’t covered by clothing. Before applying, test the sunscreen on your child’s back for an allergic reaction. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding eyelids. If a rash develops, talk with your pediatrician.
- Be sure to apply enough sunscreen — about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
- If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your pediatrician.
Here are a selection of my recommended sunscreens:
- Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen
- Babyganics Baby Sunscreen
- Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection
- Badger Kids Sunscreen
- Kiss My Face Kids Sunscreen
- Sunology Kids & baby Safe Sunscreen
- All Good Kids Sunscreen
- Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Baby
- California Baby Sunscreen
- Coola Sunscreen Baby
- Think Baby Sunscreen
- Think Sport Kids Sunscreen
I think we currently have 2 or 3 different kids of sunscreen that we use for Cali and I like them all. What kind of sun protection do you use for you little one?