buggy shade umbrella
Sunshine Kids Buggy Shade; Diapers.com
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?