How to Apply Baby Sunscreen Safely? A Step-by-Step Guide

When it comes to sun protection, applying sunscreen to your baby is a crucial step in safeguarding their delicate skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. However, it is equally important to know the right way to apply baby sunscreen.

Apply Baby Sunscreen on the baby's cheeks.
Applying baby sunscreen safely can protect their delicate skin.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps and considerations for applying sunscreen to your baby effectively and safely.

Why Sun Protection Matters for Babies?

Babies have delicate and sensitive skin that is more susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

UV Rays can damage a baby’s skin.

Their skin is thinner and contains less melanin which provides natural protection against the sun. Sunburns during infancy & childhood can increase the risk of skin damage.

Choosing the Right Baby Sunscreen

Selecting the appropriate sunscreen for your baby is the first step. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30.

Opt for a sunscreen specifically formulated for babies or children, as they don’t contain harsh chemicals that may irritate their delicate skin.

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When to Start Using Baby Sunscreen?

Start using baby sunscreen after the baby turns 6 months old.

For babies under 6 months, it’s best to avoid direct sunlight. If you have to go out during peak sun hours, dress them in protective clothing and use a sunshade on the stroller.

For babies over 6 months, sunscreen can be used as an additional protective measure.

Step-by-Step Guide to Apply Baby Sunscreen

  1. Cleanse and Dry: Gently clean your baby’s skin using a mild, fragrance-free soap and water. Pat their skin dry with a soft towel.
  1. Choose the Right Time: Apply sunscreen about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside, allowing the sunscreen to fully absorb into the skin.
  1. Start Small: Apply a small amount of sunscreen on a small area of your baby’s skin to check for any allergic reactions or irritation.
Always spot-test baby sunscreen and other skincare products.
  1. Apply Generously: Use your fingers to apply the sunscreen evenly on exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, hands, and feet.
  1. Avoid the Eyes: Be extra cautious while applying sunscreen around the eyes. Use a sunscreen stick specifically designed for the face to prevent accidental contact.
Apply generously across all exposed areas.
  1. Reapply Regularly: Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if your baby gets wet from sweating or water play.
  1. Special Attention to Sensitive Areas: Moreover, pay extra attention to areas like the back of the neck, the tops of the feet, and the hands, as these are often overlooked but prone to sunburn.
  1. Be Patient: Applying sunscreen to a wiggly baby can be a challenge. Take your time, and distract your baby with toys or songs to make the process easier.

Effectively, the same principles are also valid for other Baby Skincare products. Find the best Skincare Essentials for your Little One on Jollee.

Your baby’s skin is incredibly precious and deserves the best protection. By selecting a suitable sunscreen, applying it diligently, and adhering to sun safety practices, you’re giving your little one the gift of safe outdoor adventures 

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