Summer’s almost here and you’re probably ready for some fun in the sun…but have you thought about what it takes to keep baby protected? We’ve learned a lot in the last thirty years, and advice and recommendations on sun safety have certainly changed since your childhood. Of course, it’s always good to consult your doctor with any specific questions you have about your little one (sun safety and otherwise). But to get you started we’ve rounded up some of the best sun protection tips for your baby. Here’s what you should consider before taking your little one out this summer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies under six months of age be kept out of direct sunlight, because their skin burns more easily than older children and adults. Move your little one to a shady area, use your stroller canopy, and don’t forget to pack your Covered Goods® nursing cover. Your Covered Goods® multi use nursing cover is great for those moments when you need to breastfeed and keep baby covered (although it’s always a good idea to also find a shady spot if you’re nursing outdoors). And, as we’re sure you already know, our covers are so much more than just a breastfeeding cover up…they can also be used as a stretchy car seat cover to protect baby from the sun. Look for one of our lightweight, summery patterns like Breezy Sand Mismatch. Some other essentials you’ll need when headed out in the sun with baby? A wide brimmed hat and sunglasses that are both UVA and UVB protected. An added bonus? Your mini-me will look cute to boot.
We know you’re probably reaching for sundresses and shorts when the heat hits, but the rules are a different for the little ones. When it comes to babies, more clothing is better than less. Cotton clothing (pants and a longer sleeved top) made of tightly woven fabric will provide baby with the protection and comfort she needs. You may even want to check out some of the newer, SPF protected clothing (yes, they make items in teeny-tiny sizes). And don’t worry…she won’t feel overheated! If you’re in a pinch, don’t forget about your Covered Goods® nursing cover up. Our covers are lightweight and can be thrown over baby’s legs and arms as a makeshift blanket.
According to the AAP, the sun’s rays are most damaging between 10am and 4pm. If you can, it’s best to avoid exposure during these hours. If you absolutely must be out during these times, make sure baby’s protected (check out our tips above).
If you don’t have appropriate clothing or coverage, and you know baby’s sensitive skin will be exposed, the AAP says it’s OK to apply a minimal amount of sunscreen. Use an SPF of at least 15, and rub it on exposed areas such as her face and the back of her hands. Just make sure to keep in mind that sunscreen takes 30 minutes to become effective. Up until then, baby is still at risk of sun damage.
We all know you’re working hard to prevent sunburn (after all, the AAP says that most sun damage occurs during childhood), but sometimes, it does happen. If baby gets a little too much sun, apply cool compresses to the affected areas—it will provide some relief and calm her skin.
What are your best tips for protecting baby’s sensitive skin during the summer months? Let us know in the comments!
All content here should be considered opinion only. Make sure to consult your doctor with any direct questions or concerns you may have.