Did you know that just one episode of sunburn in childhood can cause skin cancer in later years? Of course, a baby’s skin is the most delicate of all, so you need to protect it from the harsh rays of the sun. You can start bringing your baby into the sunshine from 6 months onwards. As a rule of thumb, always position your baby in a shaded area and avoid exposing them to the sun between peak hours of 10 am and 2 pm. Apply sunscreen liberally and make sure your baby is wearing loose-fitting clothing which includes a sunhat. The other thing to remember is that your baby might be a bit of a wriggler and not lie still patiently while you attempt to apply the sunscreen. Therefore you might be better off looking for products with a spray or roll-on application. An SPF50 is also recommended.
Here are the top 8 sunscreens for babies:
This is formulated with natural ingredients and ideal for babies as it is designed for sensitive skin. With an SPF50 it uses the natural mineral zinc oxide to form a barrier alongside nourishing oats. No nasties like parabens or phthalates or fragrances. Lots of five-star reviews too.
Available in green or pink bottles this is a high-factor roll-on that is extra water-resistant. The cream is white on application then disappears into the skin after a few minutes giving you just enough time to see where you’ve applied it. However, a couple of minus points, it does contain alcohol and perfume for perhaps not suitable for very sensitive skin.
This is one of our more expensive sunscreen lotions but you can use it for all the family, not just babies. It is great for anyone suffering from an allergy as it is designed for ultra-sensitive skin. It is water-resistant and uses a pump dispenser to keep the lotion fresh.
Apply on wet or dry skin, this sunscreen is water-resistant and won’t leave white marks (a bugbear with many parents). It protects against the most harmful of the sun’s rays and is designed for sensitive skin. It is hypoallergenic and contains no perfume or colourants.
This sunscreen for babies comes in a thick white lotion so you can easily see where you have applied it and where it needs topping up. It uses aloe vera and vitamin E to nourish the skin. Its hypoallergenic formula means no tears.
This is a water-resistant sunscreen in a spray form with a very high SPF protection that is also vegan-friendly so it ticks a lot of boxes. It uses all natural ingredients such as aloe vera with no sulphates or parabens. Parents with children who have mild eczema report no problems when using this product. Also available in a roll-on form.
A lot of parents want to protect their babies but don’t want to smother them in chemicals or nasty ingredients. This sunscreen contains over 70% organic ingredients and no chemicals or preservatives making it perfect for delicate skin. It contains natural oils such as coconut, olive and avocado with sunflower and sesame seeds to protect the skin whilst shea butter soothes and nourishes.