Carefree sunny days spent outdoors evoke joyful memories of the summer season. But, parents must be mindful of keeping kids safe without compromising the fun of spending time outdoors.
While keeping the little ones covered and in the shade is ideal, it isn’t always realistic. By following a few basic steps, parents can keep their kids healthy and happy this season:
Always Bring Shelter
Whether you are heading to a cottage, park, beach or camp site, plan ahead to have a place for the kids to play, and even nap, to keep the whole family relaxed.
A UV protected sun tent creates a safe, stress-free environment that also keeps wind and sand at bay. We love Babymoov’s portable anti-UV pop-up tent for babies (Amazon.com
, $41.36), that fits easily into the trunk of any car or in any suitcase. For toddlers and larger tots, the One Touch Play Cabana Tent (Toys"R" Us
, $59.99) is a great option. Regardless of what you choose, ensure that the slides allow for proper airflow to ensure your baby stays cool in the dog days of summer.
Stay Tuned To SPF
- Choose a 30-50 SPF sunscreen labelled “broad spectrum.” Lucky for parents, the FDA stepped in a few years ago to make choosing a sunscreen less confusing. They have regulated that sunscreeens must protect equally against UVB and UVA rays to be considered broad spectrum. SPFs over 50 are also banned as they fail to offer a significant increase in protection.
- Sprays offer great coverage for kids, but watch the wind. When applying spray sunscreens on children, be aware of the direction of the wind to avoid inhalation.
- Test it first. Children have sensitive skin, so be sure to test any new sunscreen on a small area of their skin before slathering it on at the beach.
- Check out the American Dermatology Association for more tips on selecting the right sunscreen.
Keep Babies Under 6 Months Out Of The Sun
Parents should ideally keep any child under 6 months out of the sun, and avoid sunscreen use. However, sometimes it can be unavoidable. If you know you may be exposing your little one to a few rays, choose UV clothing (hats are a must for babies and kids of all ages!), and cover any exposed skin with the most baby-friendly sunscreen you can find. Our top pick is Badger Baby Suncream
, made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients. It is water & sweat resistant for 40 minutes, biodegradable, and works immediately upon application.
Eye Protection 101
While most parents remember sunscreen, more than half of them fail to make their kids wear sunglasses (Vision Council
) to protect the eyes. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays is a cumulative process that can cause permanent damage.
Parents should mandate eye protection with the same rigor as hats and sunscreen! Plus, nothing is cuter than a little one in a pair of shades. Stay safe and on trend with some Babiators
for your tot.
Looking for more tips? Check out these additional recommendations from the American Pediatric Association