Summer is here! Protect your babies from the sun.
For all your summer babies out there, here are a few must-haves for your summer of sun.
Summer Must Haves:
SUN HATS & BONNETS
Adorable, big-brimmed bonnets and fishermen hats protect baby’s face and neck. Ones with straps make it easier to keep them on!
LIGHT, SLEEVES & PANTS
Whenever you can, cover baby’s skin with light clothing. Especially since it’s recommended for babies under 6 months to avoid using sunscreen.
SUNSCREEN (BABIES 6+ MONTHS)
Liberally apply sunscreen to babies 6 months and older every 2 hours. Avoid direct sun from 10am-4pm, especially. Visit http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/ for more information on the safest and WORST sunscreens for your baby and you. Babies’ skin is different from adults and it soaks up more of the chemicals in sunscreens. Forego the cheapest, most chemical-filled sunscreens. Avoid sprays due to harmful inhalation.
SWIM SHIRTS & RASH GUARDS
Cover baby boys’ chests/tummies/shoulders/arms with protective rash guards. They make them for baby girls, too.
Purchase ones with 100% UV protection. Babies may or may not leave these on!
LIGHT, MUSLIN BLANKET
Bring shade and cover with you wherever you go with a light, airy blanket. Drape over baby’s legs or over the entire carseat during stroller rides. You can also drape it over your carrier when carrying your little cutie. Don’t forget to cover their little arms and legs peeking out.
SIPPY CUP OF WATER (6+ MONTHS)
Keep baby hydrated with sips of water. Not too much that it affects how much they eat.
For more information on protecting your babies from the sun, visit http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/children/infants