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Babies & Sunscreen Don't Mix: 8 Ways to Protect Little Ones from the Sun

Baby 14

buggy shade umbrella
Sunshine Kids Buggy Shade;
I'm terribly aware of all the chemicals in things, and sunscreen is chock-full of them. And the recent sunscreen report made me nervous about slathering it on my skin. So, it's not going near my babies.

Infants have a high proportion of surface area, but low body weight, which means they absorb more chemicals than kids or adults. Plus, my twins are always putting their hands in their mouths and touching their eyes ... so, in short, babies and sunscreen do not mix in my book.

So what to do to keep baby safe in the sun?

  1. Outfit your baby with a wide brim hat and long sleeve clothing in light colors.
  2. Those clothes protect best when made with a tight weave. Hold clothing up to light -- the less light that shines through, the better.
  3. Avoid going out between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on sunny days, if possible. This is when the sun is highest in the sky and strongest.
  4. If your stroller canopy doesn't shield enough sun, bring along a blanket to drape over it (without fully covering it) for extra protection.
  5. Their eyes need protection, too, so get some baby sunnies! Babies in sunglasses are just way too cute.
  6. Use a car seat cover with SPF and UV protection. 
  7. Purchase an umbrella for your stroller -- aka the Buggy Shade.
  8. Play tents are not only fun, but they will protect our little ones from sun rays.

How do you protect your baby from the sun?

newborns, safety, skin care, summer safety


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RanaA... RanaAurora

We buy "Rash Guard" swim shirts.  You know, the swim shirts that are tight-short sleeve shirts?  Our son isn't running around topless and our daughter with her entire back and shoulders exposed (and belly since normal swimsuits just roll up over the big belly).

I put skin priority over swimsuit cuteness.  Old Navy has three different infant swimsuits like that on sale for $8-9. :)

We also do sunscreen, but we're picky about the type.

Carey... Carey2006

I kept my baby out of the sun for the most part or I would use a baby sunscreen (& UV protection swimsuit)

Cafe... Cafe Jenn

RanaAurora, what kind of sunscreen do you use?

xc_mo... xc_mom_2009

California Baby is really great and was ranked well on the sunscreen testing.  

Pishyah Pishyah

I'm wanting to try to find a organic, natural sunscreen because I NEED sunlight.   (Everyone does but I have difficulty with the vitamin D absorption so I crave sunlight like crazy.)  I can't keep my kids inside while they're so young and my oldest loves swimming and playing in the sun just like me.  I have difficulty believing that the sun is a bad thing since our we lived for centuries without sunscreen and only recently have cancer become a major concern where everyone knows several people fighting it.  I don't want my kids burning so I do limit our time in the sun and put the baby in the shade but I refuse to  act as thought it's killing us.

Pnukey Pnukey

When mine were little, we used hats and shade. They did just fine.

smitt... smittendorff

Besides the suggestions listed above, I discovered that Halo (as in Halo SleepSacks) also makes clothing with SPF 30, so I got a few shirts for my LO.  And not only does it protect from the sun, but the fabric is very breathable and keeps LO cooler when its warm out.

sodapple sodapple

great tips! thank you!

Carey... Carey2006

Well......I did use BABY SUNSCREEN, cover shirts, UV protection swimsuits.

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