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Summer is upon us and with it comes heat and lots of sun! With it comes the question of babies and sunscreen? How old and how often? We always advise checking with your pediatrician but typically once your baby hits 6 months start using sunscreen! It’s so important to protect their skin.

Ask your pediatrician what brands they recommend and look at reviews on-line. I always enjoyed using the most naturals ones. My favorite was Mustela; it smelled really good and worked on my fair-haired babies like a dream. Sunscreens from the Honest Company or Seventh Generation are also good. To see how well sunscreens rate or for other recommendations checkout the EWG’s guide to sunscreens. Spray sunscreens are very convenient but I didn’t use that until my children were older and running in and out of the water. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours. Make sure to get all the sensitive areas like the back of the neck, chest and ears. Also, when first using a new sunscreen do a test area to see if it reacts to your baby’s skin.

If your baby is under six months, there’s no need to stay inside all day, but avoid going out when the sun is the strongest. Put on a big brimmed hat, take an umbrella with you to the beach and dress them in lightweight long sleeves and pants for protection. Look for shaded areas. There is nothing worse than a little one with uncomfortable sunburn!

Also, make sure to keep your little ones hydrated. Lots of water and breast milk. Babies don’t sweat like we do so be careful they don’t over heat. Put them in a sling or baby carrier and wade into the water. They will love the feeling of the cool water against their skin.

Summer is an amazing time to get out into the sun and enjoy the warm temperatures. There is no need to worry as long as you know how to protect your baby’s delicate skin. Get out enjoy a swim, take a hike or go to the beach winter will be here soon enough! In Vermont we love to stock up on that vitamin D for those long hard winters. Have fun!

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A couple of recommendations on what to look for in a sunscreen.

1) At least an SPF 15 although we’d recommend an SPF 30.

2) “Broad Spectrum” on the label which means you’ll get UVA and UVB protection. Both cause skin damage but SPF only measures UVB protection. Our natural mineral sunscreen is an example of a broad spectrum product.

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