(Closed) Are there sunscreen products safe for 0-3mos?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Per my doctor no, are not supposed to put sunscreen on a baby under 6 months. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that if exposure to the sun is unavoidable and your baby is under 6 months, a non-chemical sunscreen (like California Baby or another organic brand) should be used. Infants have very thin, sensitive skin, so they actually recommend to just keep them out of the sun in general until 6 months of age.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

@regberadaisy:  Haha. No problem. I get annoyed with all the hearsay and misinformation that gets passed around, so I always try to find reliable information.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you have umbrella type shade in your backyard?  because then you could keep the baby in the share but stil enjoy being outdoors until she is old enough to use sunscreen on a regular basis.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think a big floppy brimmed sun hat always helps too.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My pediatrician said 15-20 minutes of indirect sunlight a day helps quite a bit with preventing/reducing jaundice, so if that’s all you’re planning on taking her outside for, you should be fine.  🙂

We spent a lot of time outside with Dirty Delete when she was a newborn since she was born in June.  Basically, we’d keep her in a shaded area, and then make sure she had one extra layer of protection (a light blanket, long-sleeves/long pants, etc…).  Also, last year, for Mother’s Day, I got this great pop-up beach tent with built-in UV protection.  I’m sure you could find the same type of product in an umbrella or blanket, which would add the sun protection you’re looking for without actually touching her skin.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I usually just used the carseat with the shade pulled up over him (in addition to trying to find an umbrella to sit under, and putting him in a hat). 

I have heard anecdotally that coconut oil actually works as a sunscreen. I wouldn’t use that as the only source of sun protection for your infant, but what’s the harm in using that in addition to whatever else you’re doing? Can’t hurt, and it’s definitely not going to harm an infant’s skin.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you ever want to look things up: this is my resource for information related to cosmetics (which you may or may not be aware of:)

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

You can check out products and try to find the safest thing! 

I am (obviosuly not a baby!) always concerned with using semi-non-harmful products and this is the one I use: http://www.amazon.com/Sanre-Organic-Skinfood-Sunshine-Rosemary/dp/B001A3H6VW

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