Most of us start spending more time in the sun as the weather warms up. In the United States, Memorial Day weekend is our summer kick-off. Most families and facilities consider this "open pool" weekend...which means sunscreen time for mindful parents.
Here is VLOG I did last year about sunscreens:
NO if your baby is under 6 months old - their skin is less mature, they have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults...this increases their risks to the side effects of the chemicals in sunscreens. Imagine this: everything you put on their skin is absorbed straight into their bloodstream! Since you can't use sunscreen, check out the link to our favorite sun protective clothing in our archive post.
YES if your baby is over 6 months of age. As a green living advocate, we encourage you to find the safest product for your Sweet Pea to put on their skin...check out the EWG sunscreen guide below!
For more reading, check out these links:
Sun Safety for Sweet Peas from our blog archive - find an infographic, plus links to Sun Precautions and Kellymom.com (hydration + EBF babies) in this post
FDA Consumer Guide - read about what sunscreens can and can't advertise - make sure yours is on the up&up
EWG Sunscreen Guide - my go-to resource to find the safest products on the market for our Sweet Peas
There is an interesting challenge that comes with the use of sunscreen...and that is depriving our children of very needed Vitamin D. Out solution is to get the kiddos outside without sunscreen during the early morning or late afternoon when the sunlight is indirect. For prolonged exposure (i.e., hiking, swimming) I insist they cover their face and neck with a sunscreen.
We save the full-body slathering for peak sun time...technically from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. In AZ, I count it until the sun starts to set, just because the sun is so strong here. I will insist they wear it into the evening hours if they are going to be playing sports, simply because the prolonged exposure will burn their skin, even if the sporting event starts in the late afternoon hours.
What is your best sun safety tip?
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