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How to Protect Baby Skin When Out in the Sun

How to Protect Baby Skin When Out in the Sun

Baby skin is naturally more sensitive than adult skin (or even the skin of older children). This makes them extra susceptible to sunburn on hot summer days.

This makes sun safety for children and babies essential.

Do you know how to protect your baby’s skin from the sun? Let’s talk about it. Read on to learn all about baby and toddler sun protection so you can enjoy the summer as a family.

Prioritize Sunscreen

It’s important to note that if you have a newborn, sunscreen is not a good idea. Babies under about six months of age should not use sunscreen without their pediatrician’s approval.

While sunscreen will protect your baby from the sun, it’s also more likely for your baby to develop a rash. After your baby is about six months old, sunscreen becomes a necessity.

Pick a baby-safe sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. It’s a good idea to put a small amount of sunscreen on your baby’s skin before they need it to make sure that there are no allergic reactions.

Put sunscreen anywhere that your baby has exposed skin (including their hands). Re-apply as per the directions on the package.

Find and Provide Shade

While your baby or toddler may enjoy spending time in the sun, sun protection for toddlers and babies trumps the need for direct sunlight. Do your best to find or provide shade whenever possible.

If your baby or toddler is in a stroller, make sure that there’s something covering them overhead. If you’re out at the park or beach, consider setting up an umbrella or tent to keep the child out of the sun.

Use Hats and Sunglasses

Most of the sun is going to shine down onto your infant or toddler’s head and face. Protect these sensitive areas with hats and sunglasses.

Baby and toddler sun hats are soft and comfortable, not to mention fashionable. If you normalize hats while your child is still an infant, they won’t mind wearing them in the sun as they get older.

Sunglasses are essential for protecting your child’s sensitive skin and eyes. UV rays from the sun can cause future eye problems, and it’s best to minimize damage as much as possible while your child’s eyes are still developing.

Use Sun-Protective Clothing

During the summer, you want to shed as many layers as possible to stay cool, right? In reality, this isn’t good for your skin (and it’s even worse for your child’s skin).

Limiting sun exposure means that you should b dressing your child in sun-protective clothing. The clothing should be lightweight and breathable so your child doesn’t get too warm.

Baby Skin Is Sensitive — Keep It Safe in the Sun

Remember that baby skin is more sensitive than adult skin. If you’re worried about getting sunburn, your baby is at even greater risk! Protect their skin with sunscreen,  hats, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing to enjoy a burn-free summer!

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