Posted on June 12 2020
The weather is nice and you can’t wait to get your little one outdoors. But before you step outside, you’ll need to apply sunscreen to protect your baby’s skin. If you’re wondering which baby sunscreen is the best choice, you’re in the right place!
At Babo Botanicals, safety for your family comes first, so we’re going to give you the low-down on baby sunscreen. By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly what to do to keep your little one safe in the sun!
When Should You Put Sunscreen On Your Baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends babies under six months of age stay out of direct sunlight. Unfortunately, shade isn’t always an option.
That said, if your baby is younger than six months, you’ll want to protect them from the sun with long sleeves and pants. But what about those areas — like their face, neck, and the tops of their hands and feet — that may still be in the sun?
Your baby’s skin is super sensitive — especially during their first year of life. You might be wondering when (and if!) it’s safe to use sunscreen on your little one.
The good news is it’s totally OK to apply a small amount of baby-safe sunscreen to your child’s exposed skin when they’re six months old or younger.
Try Babo Botanicals’s Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen - SPF 50. This lightweight sunscreen is specifically formulated for your baby’s delicate skin!
For babies older than six months, try Babo Botanicals’s Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Pump Spray. This safe, non-aerosol sunscreen sprays on sheer for easy, baby-friendly application!
For your little one’s face — which can be a tricky area to tackle — consider our Fragrance Free SPF 50 Baby Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick. It’s the perfect way to keep your baby protected without getting sunscreen in their eyes or mouth!
Now that you know our sunscreen is safe to apply even on young babies, let’s talk about the time of year your little one needs sunscreen. Hint: It isn’t just in the summer.
Sunscreen is a year-round essential! Even if it’s cloudy or cool outside, the sun’s harmful UV rays can filter through clouds, which leaves your little one’s skin vulnerable. Your baby needs sunscreen any time they’re outside!
How Much Baby Sunscreen Is Enough?
When it comes to sunscreen, there’s no such thing as too much! Apply it liberally to every inch of your baby’s exposed skin 15 minutes before going outside.
But remember sun protection doesn’t end there! Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately after towel-drying.
What Kind Of Baby Sunscreen Is Safe?
The market is filled with all different kinds and brands of sunscreen. This can make it confusing for parents to determine which one is best for their baby.
To help narrow down your search, look for these specific qualities in baby sunscreen:
- Designed with babies in mind
- Made of Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide (These hypoallergenic ingredients sit on top of the skin rather than absorbing directly into the skin.)
- Free of harmful chemicals (Choose a mineral variety!)
- Made of natural or organic ingredients
- Labeled as Broad Spectrum (It will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.)
- Has an SPF 30 to 50
Additionally, keep in mind that sunscreen should be used for sun protection while you’re in the sun, not as an excuse to stay in the sun longer.
Sun Safety Tips
Keep Your Baby Inside During Peak Hours
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you can, avoid taking your baby outside during these peak hours.
Take a look at the rest of our sun safety tips for more ideas if this is absolutely unavoidable, like if you’re on vacation at the beach or taking an outside family adventure somewhere!
Stay In A Shaded Area
Per the AAP’s recommendation, stay in a shaded area as much as possible.
If you’re out and about, take a break from the sun and find a tree for your baby to sit under. If you’re at the beach or pool, let your baby play or drift off to sleep under a beach umbrella with a UPF (Ultra Protection Factor) rating.
What is this UPF rating all about? Not all beach umbrellas block direct UV rays, meaning your baby could still get sunburned even while sitting in the shade!
To keep that from happening, choose a tent or umbrella with a UPF rating of at least 50.
Put A Wide-Brimmed Hat On Your Baby
Baseball caps are super cute on little babies, but they’re not practical, especially when your baby is in direct sunlight.
Caps don’t cover your little one’s neck and ears, whereas a wide-brimmed hat will protect these sensitive areas. Wide-brimmed hats are the best and safest option for your baby when you’re out in the sun.
Keep Your Baby Hydrated
Both babies and adults sweat in the sun and heat. But when an adult sweats, it helps cool their body down. This isn’t the case for babies.
Your baby’s body hasn’t yet developed this heating and cooling system. So when your little one sweats, it can easily lead to overheating and dehydration.
Watch for these dehydration cues from your baby:
- Irritability or fussiness
- Dry mouth
- Decreased number of wet diapers (fewer than six in 24 hours, or a diaper that stays dry for two or three hours)
- Tearless crying
To prevent dehydration, continue giving your baby formula or breastmilk while they’re out in the sun and heat. Even though both are warm liquids, the water content will help keep your baby hydrated.
And if your little one is over six months old, offer them a sippy cup of water to help cool their body.
In serious circumstances, you will need to get help right away for severe dehydration. If you notice several of the above symptoms to the extreme, seek medical attention right away.
Cover Your Baby In Protective Clothing
If you’re visiting the beach and your baby is on-the-go, it will be hard to keep them in the shade even if you have an umbrella. Your little one will want to play in the sand as they discover the waves and water!
Choose a swimsuit for your little one that covers as much of their skin as possible, like a swim shirt. The same applies if you’re taking your baby swimming at a pool.
Avoid swimsuits that expose too much of your baby’s skin, even if they are cute!
For protection away from the beach and pool, use your baby’s stroller shade as often as possible, and dress your little one in light-weight clothing that covers their arms and legs.
Protect Your Baby’s Skin With A Mineral Sunscreen
Even though your little one’s skin protects their body, it doesn’t keep everything out. Whatever you lather onto your baby’s skin has the potential to end up in their bloodstream.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to what you’re putting on your baby! Chemical sunscreens are made with just that: chemicals. And mineral sunscreens with — you guessed it! — minerals.
As we mentioned above, some chemical sunscreen ingredients can actually absorb into your little one’s skin. What’s more, these ingredients can irritate your baby’s delicate skin.
And if your baby is relaxing on their float in the ocean, some chemical ingredients can seep into the water. Yikes!
Mineral sunscreen, on the other hand, sits on top of the skin to block harmful UV rays, rather than absorbing into the skin.
There are only two active ingredients used in mineral sunscreen: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Interesting fact: these active ingredients are the only two proposed to be safe and effective for sunscreen use according to the FDA.
With your baby’s skin care and the safety of the environment in mind, you can rest easy knowing Babo Botanicals’s sun care collection is all-natural and reef-safe!
Keeping Your Baby Safe In The Sun
You and your baby can enjoy time in the sun when you know your baby’s skin is safely protected. Babo Botanicals’s Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen is safe to apply even on a newborn’s skin!
Review our list of specific qualities to look for in a baby sunscreen before making your selection. And remember sunscreen is a year-round priority! Lastly, follow our sun safety tips to keep your little one safe while playing in the sun.
Give your baby’s skin the best care with Babo Botanicals so you can both soak up the sunshine!