The thought of your baby having a sunburn can be scary. Depending on how fair their skin is, a sunburn can happen as quickly as 10 minutes… which is even scarier. So, what should we do to make sure that our babies do not have to deal with sunburn?

The first line of defense against dangerous UV rays is to keep your baby shaded. If they are going to be exposed to the sun, dress them in breathable long-sleeve shirts and pants and even a sun hat. Keep in mind that indirect sunlight, such as sun rays reflecting off the sand and water can also cause sunburn.

As a second line of defense, apply sunscreen to your little ones (6 months and older) 15 – 30 minutes before going outside. This gives the sunscreen time to start working. Also, stick to sunscreens that use minerals like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Mineral sunscreens deflect sun rays and offer a greater amount of protection, as opposed to chemical sunscreens that absorb UV rays and can absorb into your baby’s skin.

Here is a list of 10 baby-safe sunscreen options to choose from.

ThinkBaby SPF 50+

If you are looking for a good overall sunscreen that offers extremely high protection, this is a great choice. It is a smooth, non-greasy sunscreen that offers up to 80 minutes of water resistance. ThinkBaby is also free of parabens and uses 20% non-nano zinc oxide, which makes it safe for coral reefs.

CeraVe Baby Sunscreen SPF 45

CeraVe Baby Sunscreen is ideal for babies with dry skin. It contains aloe for additional moisture, along with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block dangerous sun rays. CeraVe is enhanced with three essential ceramides, which are oils that are naturally found in the skin for hydration and protection. CeraVe offers up to 80 minutes of water resistance, it is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream – SPF 40

Other mineral sunscreens leave a white film on the skin that is easily visible on darker skin, but Badger uses a clear zinc oxide that works well on darker skin. It offers 40 minutes of water resistance and is 98% organic. Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream is made with a blend of beeswax, vitamin E, and organic sunflower oil for easy application.

Baby Bum Mineral-Based Sunscreen, Fragrance-Free

For a vegan-friendly option, try Baby Bum Mineral-Based Sunscreen. It contains natural zinc oxide, coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Baby Bum works well on babies with sensitive skin, it is hypoallergenic and water-resistant up to 80 minutes.

Earth Mama Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40

Earth Mama Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion is ideal for babies with eczema. It contains organic shea butter and organic colloidal oatmeal and is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. It has 12% titanium dioxide, which makes it a good choice for fast burners.

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

If you are looking for a mineral sunscreen that can be found at any drugstore and checks all the boxes, Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen is a good choice. It has a gentle formula with 21% zinc oxide and has the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is formulated for babies with sensitive skin. It is free of parabens and fragrances and has a zinc oxide and titanium dioxide-based formula. The thing that sets Blue Lizard apart from the competition is its patented smart bottle. The tube caps or bottle turns from white or clear to blue when exposed to harmful sun rays. The harsher the sun, the deeper the color gets.

COOLA Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

COOLA Baby uses 70%+ certified organic ingredients. It uses a broad-spectrum SPF 50 with non-nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe to help soothe the baby’s skin. COOLA Baby is fragrance-free, paraben-free, and preservative-free and offers up to 80 minutes of water resistance.

Conclusion

When it comes to using sunscreen remember these 4 tips.

  • Only use on babies 6 months and older
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside
  • Use mineral products with SPF 30 or higher
  • Reapply every two hours and immediately after water activities

As stated earlier, sunscreen should be the second line of defense for protecting your baby against UV rays. The first should always be shading and protective clothing, but if your baby is going to be exposed to sunlight, sunscreen is highly recommended.