Today is World Sunscreen Day, so what better time than now to bone up on all the dos and don'ts when it comes to using sunscreen on your babies?
Today (May 27) is World Sunscreen Day. Although saying that, as we look out the window, it doesn't seem as if we will be needing to use it at any point today. Nevertheless, with summer almost here, we'll no doubt have to break it out pretty soon. There are certain things we look out for when picking out sunscreen, such as its SPF, and those are things we should pay even more attention to when buying it for a baby.
Deciding which sunscreen is right for you can be a bit of a headache, so that feeling is obviously magnified when you have a baby to think about. We've got everything you need to know about protecting your baby from the sun right here, courtesy of Mayo Clinic. From what age you should be using sunscreen on your baby, to the perfect SPF for them once they are old enough to start using it.
First of all, if your little one is less than six months old, you shouldn't be using sunscreen on them at all. That can make life a little tricky as there will still obviously be times when they are exposed to the sun. In those instances, it's simply a case of finding other ways to keep them covered up but also keep them cool. Hunt out shady resting places, keep them covered with light clothing, and maybe even bring an umbrella or a pop-up tent for them to sit in.
Once your baby is six months old, you can start slapping on the sunscreen. You'll want to buy one with an SPF of at least 30, higher if you can get your hands on some. We are all supposed to reapply sunscreen regularly but we can often forget or let that rule slide. With your baby, you need to be vigilant. Reapply every two hours, and even more regularly if your little one has been in the water.
Your baby being out in the sun is not something you should panic about, providing they are well protected. Stick to the guidelines above and you should have no issues at all. With a hot summer right around the corner, if you have little ones in the family, then it's key to be well-versed on when and how to use sunscreen on them.