Mommy Guide: Sun Safety Tips For Babies
Here are some tips to keep your baby safe from the sun:
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 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.
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.