I am a proud aunt to probably the most precious baby boy on this green earth. He’s beautiful for one (gets it from his mom and dad) but he’s also just absolutely darling. He’s fresh, a ham, smiley, my god, I could just go on. But anyways, he’s a doll baby, like cuter than a Gerber baby… but ANYWAYS…. I heard lately that on his Mediterranean summer vacation with his parents, he is not loving the sunscreen application at the beach 😉 I could die at the thought of that little stinker hating one millisecond of his little life, but I can remember having to put on sunscreen too as a little nugget. Maybe not as young as little Nicolo though.
How about you? Do you remember when the parental figure would have you get out of the pool/ocean to lather you up, then you were ridiculously white in weird places & you had to stop all that amazing fun you were having so you could later get it in your eye and then look like an absolute shit show when it was time to head home!?! That’s how my life felt at least 😉 #Sotough Oh my god, and remember how HOT the car would be…. And you and your parents each would had 657 items in your hands, plus 42 noodles… Hell, you may be feeling this experience now with your youngster. I digress, per usual.
When it comes to Nico’s skin (sweet, precious, angel dove, fairy dust!!!) and all the babies in your lives, sunscreen is VERY important even if the babe hates the application of it.
Let’s go over some of our favorite tips, tricks & product recommendations.
Sunscreen rules for the cutest nuggets in our lives:
- If your babe is older than 6 months, apply sunscreen LIBERALLY
- Keep your nugget out of the sun during peak hours – 10am-12pm
- Dress your babe in protective clothing – UPF clothing, a hat and sunglasses
- If your babe is younger than 6 months old, the Mayo Clinic advises you not to expose the child to the sun
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
- To avoid irritating your baby’s skin and eyes, use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide
- Avoid using products that combine sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET
- Watch for any signs of overheating
- Reapply every 2 hours at the most (and more often if your kiddo is in the water or sweating)
- Mineral-based sunscreens are best for your baby
- Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free sunscreens are best for the kid’s skin
How to apply sunscreen on your baby:
- When getting ready for an outing, prep your nugget ahead of time, probably about 30 minutes before you leave.
- You’ll want to use around 2 tablespoons of sunscreen on your kid’s bod
- Rub in the sunscreen if you’re using lotion
- A stick formula tends to work well on the baby’s face, but be sure to blend it in
- If you’re using a spray, spritz it in your hand before applying to their face
Our favorite sunscreens:
Because this piece has to do with tiny little babies… PLEASE make sure you consult a doctor. All my blogs are intended for you to consult a doctor prior, but I certainly don’t want to steer you in the wrong direction. Ever. I do not have children nor will ever have them, so I am definitely not speaking from ‘mom’ experience. This blog is also not intended to ‘mom-shame’ which scares the living crap (I’ll say it, scares the living shit) out of me which is why I don’t often write about these topics. I never would want the ‘rules’ above to be taken as judgement if you don’t follow them. You do you.
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