Is applying sunscreen one of the worst parenting tasks ever? Absolutely. 😅 Is it completely crucial? Absolutely. 😆 Our children’s skin is much more sensitive than our own as anyone with a teeny tiny oh-so-perfectly-soft bubba will know.
The first thing to note is that you shouldn’t rely on just sunscreen to keep your little one safe. Babies under six months old should be kept away from direct sunlight and kept in the shade. They should also wear a hat and light, breathable clothes that cover them in hot weather.
Of course, this is the ideal scenario. But in reality, your baby probably will be in direct sunlight at some point, especially when they’re older than six months, in which case you should use sunscreen.
Children should wear at least SPF 30 sunscreen (but SPF 50 if possible) and sunscreen that covers both UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays. Protecting against both is extremely important in reducing the risk of skin cancer later on.
It’s worth noting that a lot of sunscreens will say unsuitable for babies under six months, as they should be kept out of sunlight if possible, so check the packaging on that one.
How do you apply sunscreen without a meltdown (from either you or baby)? Excellent question. Who knows. 🥵
No, in all seriousness, one tip is to make applying sunscreen a game that your baby can get involved with rather than a battle. You might find that this is an okay tactic at home but rather messy on the beach, in which case you might consider a spray or roll on for top up applications throughout the day after a thorough cream application at home in the morning.
And finally, when applying sunscreen, make sure you don’t miss their little ears, hands, and feet too!