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Mommy Guide: Sun Safety Tips For Babies

It's lovely to take your baby out in the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air while walking, playing on the beach, or sitting in the garden. But you'll need to look after your baby's delicate skin when the sun's out.

Here are some tips to keep your baby safe from the sun:

  Sunscreen

Sunscreen is safe for babies older than six months of age. Choose a broad spectrum formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has a SPF of at least 15; pick a water-resistant sunscreen if you'll be splashing about. Apply it generously 30 minutes before heading outside

  Comfy, Protective Clothes

Cover your baby's arms and legs in lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect the heat and keep skin cooler than dark colors, which absorb heat.

 Sunglasses 

 

Sunglasses for your baby may seem like a luxury, but they do protect his eyes from the sun. It’s a good idea to get your baby used to wearing them from the age of six months. 

  Pushchair Canopy or Parasol 

Along with covering up with a hat and clothes, staying in the shade is one of the best ways to protect your baby from the sun. Attach a canopy or parasol to your baby's pushchair or buggy and before you buy, make sure the canopy or parasol fits on to your stroller or pushchair.

  Vitamin D

Breastfeeding babies should get a vitamin D supplement instead of using sunlight exposure as a source of vitamin D.

  Plenty of liquids for hydration

Staying hydrated while out in the sun is vitally important. If you’re breastfeeding, your own hydration becomes even more important as you are your child’s primary supply of fluids.