Summer under the sun can be especially hard on baby’s delicate skin. It was long thought that sunscreen shouldn’t be used on babies under 6 months old, but now the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using it sparingly on “small areas of the body such as the face or back of the hands” that are unprotected by clothing. Keep babies in the shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is brightest. And you might want to check out some of the special baby sunscreen and sunblock products on the market now. Here’s a quintet of possibilities:
1) Baby Sunscreen by Little Forest Botanicals ($12) — Fragrance and color free, this mineral-based SPF 30 lotion leaves a white sheen over the protected area to ensure full coverage. And Baby Soothing Cooler ($8) soothes sun-exposed skin.
2) California Baby Sun Block Stick ($12.99) — Great for hard to cover areas such as nose, ears and face. This SPF 30 stick is fragrance- and chemical-free, using micronized non-whitening titanium dioxide to block harmful UV rays.
3) Baby Blanket Sunblock Spray Lotion ($5.99) — Spray provides convenience and better coverage. This SPF 45 brand contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for complete UV protection and is non-stinging to protect sensitive scalps.
4) Baby Silk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes ($25.99) — Developed by pediatrician moms, these towelettes are sweat proof, dermatologist tested and saturated with broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Great for providing coverage on squirming little ones.
5) Mustela High Sun Protection Lotion ($14.95) — This SPF 50 lotion says it blocks sun on the surface and cellular level with special mineral filters. It also is designed for children to minimize allergic reactions. Mustela also makes skin care products for moms-to-be and infants.
– Ann Tatko-Peterson