Baby Sunscreen Recommendations And Safety

When Should You Put Sunscreen On Your Baby?
baby at the beach wearing baby sunscreen

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends babies under six months of age stay out of direct sunlight. Unfortunately, shade isn’t always an option.

That said, if your baby is younger than six months, you’ll want to protect them from the sun with long sleeves and pants. But what about those areas — like their face, neck, and the tops of their hands and feet — that may still be in the sun?

Your baby’s skin is super sensitive — especially during their first year of life. You might be wondering when (and if!) it’s safe to use sunscreen on your little one.

The good news is it’s totally OK to apply a small amount of baby-safe sunscreen to your child’s exposed skin when they’re six months old or younger.

Try Babo Botanicals’s Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen – SPF 50.This lightweight sunscreen is specifically formulated to keep your baby’s delicate skin safe while in the sun.

For babies older than six months, try Babo Botanicals’s Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Pump Spray. This safe, non-aerosol sunscreen sprays on sheer for easy, baby-friendly application!

For your little one’s face — which can be a tricky area to tackle — consider our Fragrance Free SPF 50 Baby Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick. It’s the perfect way to keep your baby protected without getting sunscreen in their eyes or mouth!

Now that you know our sunscreen is safe to apply even on young babies, let’s talk about the time of year your little one needs sunscreen. Hint: It isn’t just in the summer.

Sunscreen is a year-round essential! Even if it’s cloudy or cool outside, the sun’s harmful UV rays can filter through clouds, which leaves your little one’s skin vulnerable. Your baby needs sunscreen any time they’re outside!

How Much Baby Sunscreen Is Enough?
When it comes to sunscreen, there’s no such thing as too much! In fact, many people will apply too little sunscreen, and therefore don’t achieve an adequate level of sun protection.

Apply sunscreen liberally to every inch of your baby’s exposed skin at least 15 minutes before going outside. And don’t forget to lather up your own sunscreen — you are your little one’s biggest role model, after all!

Note that sunscreen can take up to 30 minutes after application before it becomes effective. Keep your baby out of the sun until this time limit is reached to allow the sunscreen a chance to work its magic.

Remember, sun protection shouldn’t end with the initial application of your sunscreen! Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately after towel-drying to maintain the optimum level of sun protection.

Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that sunscreen should be used for sun protection while you’re in the sun, not as an excuse to stay in the sun longer.

What Kind Of Baby Sunscreen Is Safe?
Parent applying baby sunscreen on child

The market is filled with all different kinds and brands of sunscreen. This can make it confusing for parents to determine which one is best for their baby.

To help narrow down your search, look for these specific qualities in baby sunscreen:

Specially designed with babies in mind
Made of Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide (These hypoallergenic ingredients sit on top of the skin rather than absorbing directly into the skin.)
Free of harmful chemicals (Choose a mineral variety!)
Made of natural or organic ingredients
Labeled as Broad Spectrum (It will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.)
Has an SPF 30 to 50
Thankfully, our range of sun protection products makes selecting your family’s sunscreen a simple decision. We designed our products to check off all the boxes, ensuring your little one is protected from the sun without the unnecessary ingredients.

And because all of our products are dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, the possibility of your little one having an allergic reaction to our sunscreen is low.

But, as with any product, it is still possible. For this reason, we recommend trying a small patch of sunscreen on your baby’s skin before a full application.