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Sun Smarts for Your Baby

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Nothing's better than taking your baby for an outing on a nice day. Here's how to guard your baby’s skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Dress for success.This means breathable, loose-fitting, long-sleeve pants and shirts. Don’t forget to cover your baby's head with a wide-brimmed hat, too. It's important to keep the sun's ultraviolet radiation from harming her delicate baby skin.

Load up on lotion. Apply broad-spectrum baby sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to all exposed body parts; reapply after swimming, sweating, or every two hours. It's better to err on the side of caution and overdo it a bit when it comes to preventing sunburn.

Go off peak. The best tip for baby skin care is to stay out of direct sunlight during peak hours, which are generally between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. That might seem like a long time to stay in, but in reality, most babies are up and ready to go pretty early (Hello, 6 a.m.!). Take a walk first thing in the day. Then let her play at home, have lunch, and take a nap during peak sun hours. When she wakes up, the sun will be less severe and you can take her out for some fun without worrying about burning her sweet baby skin.


Member comments

Not 2pm?
I always thought peak hours were from 10 AM to 2 PM.

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