Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Baby Advice - No Sunscreen?!

Someone recently asked me what to do about sunscreen on her two-month old baby.

The books will say that a baby shouldn’t wear sunscreen until 6 months.  I asked my doctor about this when my first son was born and he said it has to do with the percentage of skin they have compared to adults and that you should use products sparingly – or something like that!!  But the important thing he said was that obviously it is better to use sunscreen than not.  

I always, always had a hat on my babies and tried to keep them covered by the car seat awning as much as possible.  I tried to use sunscreen as little as possible before 6 months (because I'm a ruler follower.)  I even kept an umbrella over my second baby when we were at my older son's t-ball game.  D-O-R-K!

As for sunscreen, I tried many that were all natural and they just didn’t work.  My kids are so fair that they would burn with the natural ones.  Also, they have to have a sunscreen with an SPF 50+.  An SPF 30 is not enough for them.  

The other surprising thing is that the stick kind doesn’t work for them.  I have to use a spray or lotion type.  Even though I try to use all-natural products on my family, I do use Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 (or maybe it is 55.)  It is in a pink metal can that sprays.  I always spray it on my hands and spread it around their skin.  I buy it at Target.  It probably has terrible chemicals, but it really works!  I figure it is better to put some chemicals on their skin rather than get burned and get melanoma.