Choosing The Best Baby Sunscreen (2017 Guide & Reviews)
One thing I always keep in mind when taking my kiddos anywhere outdoors is that their skin is extremely delicate and sensitive. For that reason, I'm always very careful about taking them out in the sun for any reason.
I know how great it is for them to be outdoors every day, getting fresh air and being exposed to their environment, but I never take them out without being prepared, which means I always have a great sunscreen around that is geared toward babies.
A baby’s skin has special needs, so that’s why I recommend getting a special sunscreen for babies to apply— even during winter months.
Read on to learn all about the baby sunscreens I recommend, why you need it, and what to look for in a great sun protector.
Our Top Sunscreen Picks for Baby
My favorite baby sunscreen has got to be this one from Thinkbaby (click here to check the price on Amazon).
First of all, I love how thick this lotion is. I really feel like my son is thoroughly protected when wearing it.
In fact, I can’t remember a time when his skin burned. And, I can’t ever recalling doing many touch ups. The sunscreen was that effective.
It’s a little costly for six ounces, but I never mind paying for a great product that ensures my little ones' safety. It has UVA and UVB protection and it’s non-greasy.
You also won’t find any kind of harmful chemicals or parabens in it.
I also love that it’s a top rated baby sunscreen on EWG’s database for safe sunscreens.
I also really like Babyganics products, and their baby sunscreen (click here to check the price on Amazon) is certainly no exception.
And, you can get two great sunscreens for virtually the price of one!
This sunscreen comes highly recommended by pediatricians and dermatologists, mainly because it is so gentle on the skin.
It also is tear free, which is important because babies often times rub their eyes and if they’ve come in contact with the lotion (which is highly likely), you’ll have one unhappy baby on your hands.
It’s non-allergenic and has a special seed oil blend that does the trick.
It is water resistant up to 80 minutes or so, so just be sure to reapply it as needed.
Another sunscreen that comes highly rated is Majestic’s Pure Baby Sunscreen.
Made in the USA and priced reasonably (click here to check the price on Amazon), it has all natural ingredients which are great for babies who have allergies or moms who are very conscious about what they put on their baby’s skin.
It is very lightweight and it even goes on clear, which I personally love.
It’s also water-resistant, just be sure to apply it a half an hour or so before getting your baby wet.
It offers UVA/UVB protection and because it has zinc oxide in it you can feel confident your baby is being protected when exposed to the sun.
Badger’s Baby Sunscreen is another lotion I’d recommend (click here to check the price on Amazon), as a long of my mommy friends seem to love it.
It’s nearly 100% certified organic and has all natural ingredients.
It has a 30 SPF and it also protects from the UVA/UVB rays.
It’s ultra-gentle and one of the most recommended for babies that get rashes easily from lotions.
The zinc oxide does a great job protecting from the sun but the lotion is on the thicker side, so you’ll need quite a bit of elbow grease to rub it all in.
Also, just be sure to apply it 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it at least every 2 hours.
Why you really need to use a baby sunscreen.
It’s never too early to start using sun protection for your little one.
Some pediatricians don’t recommend applying sunscreen on babies under six months (some sunscreens contain DEET—a bug repellant that could be harmful to babies), while others allow just a bit.
I never felt right about taking my kiddos outside without being protected, so they did wear sunscreen when they were just a few months old.
I knew that the lotion protected them from getting burned and reduced their risk of developing melanoma later in life.
What to look for in a great baby sunscreen.
There are definitely a few things that make one baby sunscreen better than the next. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Waterproof. Even if your baby won’t be getting wet, I always opted for waterproof formula, as you know babies cry often and are constantly getting wiped down.
- Hypoallergenic. My son had sensitive skin like most babies do, so I always made sure I selected a sunscreen that had titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in it. These ingredients don’t absorb into the skin and they sit on top of it so it’s less irritating to the baby and won’t create rashes.
- Broad-spectrum. I never knew what this meant before, but I learned that a great baby sunscreen will be labeled this term because it protects your little one from UVA and UVB rays.
- High SPF. As a general rule, I only put SPF 50 on my little ones. The least amount of protection you should use on a baby is 30 SPF, and anything over 50 isn’t really doing anything that a protection of 50 can’t.
- Non-DEET. The reason I could use a small amount of sunscreen on my baby that was under 6 months was because I made sure it didn’t contain DEET. This is a harmful insect repellant that could endanger a young baby.
Other ways to protect your baby from the sun.
The sun is no joke! Besides a great sunscreen, you may want to consider some addition protection for your baby!
- Put on a floppy hat. Baseball hats are cute and they do offer some protection, but a floppy hat covers a baby’s ears and back of their neck.
- Attach shades. It’s nearly impossible to get a baby to keep a pair of sunglasses on, so that’s why many come with adjustable straps to keep the sun out of their eyes.
- Avoid outdoors during prime hours. If at all possible, keep your baby indoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is the strongest.
- Use a car seat protector. When toting your infant around in their car seat carrier, you can utilize a protector. It goes over top of the carrier and builds a barricade from sun and other weather elements.
It’s so important to protect your baby’s skin!
Each of the sunscreens is a favorite among parents, they are super safe, and really do an excellent job of preventing sunburn and other irritations.
Be sure to check them out and consider some of the sun protection tips to help your baby enjoy their time outdoors, but always remain safe.