How Do I Keep Baby Safe In The Sun?
Can the sun and heat hurt my baby? How should I protect him?
Yep, baby needs to be kept cool and protected from those nasty UV rays. So while instinct may tell you to yank off that onesie, not so fast — the more clothing you remove, the more skin is exposed.
Babies younger than six months should never be under direct sun and shouldn’t wear sunscreen, says Paula Prezioso, MD.
To shield baby’s delicate skin without blocking the breeze, dress baby in thin, loose, light-colored clothing and cover as much skin as possible. Keep baby shaded with hats and an umbrella.
Once baby hits six months, cover any exposed skin with sunscreen. Choose a brand specifically for babies with an SPF of 30 or more, and reapply every hour to two hours. “It doesn’t have to be $100 sunscreen,” Prezioso says. “It’s even okay to use a store brand.” Here, a few Bumpie favorites:
Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen. “It has zinc oxide and is a physical, not chemical, barrier so it's effective immediately and doesn't have to soak in for 15 minutes. It does separate though.” — SandAndSea
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen. “My son has had eczema and very sensitive skin and this works well for him.” — Cwalker27
Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream. “It’s been great for our fair-skinned little boy. We live in a sunny climate and he gets covered in this every morning before we set out, and it has worked every time.” — happytotmom
Blue Lizard Baby Australian Sunscreen. This doesn't smell, which I like. My son has never had a burn with it, even when out at the beach for hours. I reapply every two hours.” — lavalil319
California Baby Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen. I've used it on baby since he was only a few months old and we have no problems. Love it. It lasts for ages even though it's a small container, so to me it's worth the price.” — dmogma
Expert: Paula Prezioso, MD, is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of NYC and clinical associate professor of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center
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