Warmer weather finds Blinging Babies and Mommies of all shades exploring the great outdoors! Pass by any park, beach, or playground, and it's clear that spring is in full "swing." But while you're out and about, remember to protect your little one (and yourself) from the sun's harsh rays!
Don't make the mistake of thinking that your brown baby doesn't need sun protection. While darker-hued children are less sensitive, everyone is at risk for sun damage and related disorders. Enjoying the sunshine can be downright dangerous for kids, especially during midday when UV exposure is the strongest.
In fact, your baby can suffer irreversible damage without being visibly burned! The effects of sun exposure are cumulative, and a significant amount of lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18. Even moderate exposure during childhood can lead to wrinkling, toughening, freckling, and skin cancer of the skin in later life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following sun-safe tips:
- Always use a sunscreen to block the damaging ultraviolet rays. Choose a sunscreen made for children with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. (Check the label.) Apply the protection half an hour before going out. Keep in mind that no sunscreens are truly waterproof, and thus they need to be reapplied every one and a half to two hours, particularly if your child spends a lot of time in the water. Consult the instructions on the bottle.
- Dress your child in lightweight cotton clothing with long sleeves and long pants.
- Use a beach umbrella or similar object to keep her in the shade as much as possible.
- Have her wear a hat with a wide brim.
- Babies under six months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. If adequate clothing and shade are not available, sunscreen may be used on small areas of the body, such as the face and the backs of the hands.
So have lots of fun in the sun and don't skip the SPF! Check out our Top 5 sunscreens for your Blinging Baby:
1. Green 'Screen
Be good to baby and mama (Earth) with an organic baby care brand.
Try: Mustela High Protection Sun Lotion $15.49
2. Best in Budget
Save baby's sensitive skin AND $$$ with a budget-friendly, all-natural sunscreen.
Try: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 55 $8.99
Continuous Protection™ Sunblock Lotion with SPF 55 is formulated to provide better, longer-lasting sun protection from the sun's harmful rays. It combines patented Active Photobarrier Complex™, which maintains broad spectrum protection over time, with natural skin soothing oatmeal to care for baby's delicate skin. Gentle enough for baby's delicate skin, this non-greasy, skin-soothing, natural oatmeal formula is waterproof, helps prevent moisture loss and is as mild as water to the skin.
3. Because They're Worth It
If it's "only the best" for your Blinging Baby, choose a premium (though pricey) formula with exotic plant-based ingredients.
Try: LaVanila The Healthy Baby Block SPF 40 $20
This 100-percent natural sunscreen contains 30 essential vitamins and minerals that support the health and development of delicate baby skin. The chemical-free SPF 40 uses a new generation of mineral sunscreens for broad- spectrum UVA/UVB protection, while vitamin-rich Calendula and Noni Juice nourish and soothe.
4. Stick It To 'Em
A sunscreen stick is a convenient, portable alternative to lotion or cream, especially for active kids.
Try: California Baby SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick $14.99
Pop this convenient PABA free, non-chemical sunblock stick into your pocket, purse or diaper bag. The whole family will love this easy-to-use stick that gives those "hot spots" a boost of extra protection. Our non-chemical sunblock stick employs a highly micronized, non-whitening titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. Non-staining formula. It glides on smoothly for easy application. Moms, our sunblock works great under make-up because it is non-greasy and creates a nice "cover-up" base under foundation or powder.
5. Spray Away
It doesn't get any easier than this- simply point and shoot for tear-free, water-resistant sun protection. Just watch the eyes!
Try: Alba Botanicals Natural Kids Very Emollient Suncreen Spray $10.99
Alba Botanica® is proud to introduce Kids Very Emollient Sunscreen Spray in broad spectrum SPF 40. Convenient sprays deliver fast and easy application in a non-greasy, milky spray lotion. Hypoallergenic, tear-free formula. The quick-absorbing, lightly fragranced formula is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, PABA free, and a Skin Cancer Foundation recommendation. 100% Vegetarian. No: Animal Testing, Artificial Colors, Parabens, Phthalates, Oxybenzone, PABA, Nano-technology, Vitamin A, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Methyl Sulfate