Natural Baby Sunscreen

Natural Baby Sunscreen - organic sunscreen natural baby products.

Natural Baby Sunscreen

Find out about organic sunscreen and how this natural baby prduct is the safest way to protect baby's skin from the sun.

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One of the most important jobs that you have as the parent of an infant is to protect your baby's skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

That's why choosing natural baby sunscreen is so important. The sun can actually be a double-edged sword. We need it to survive and it provides us with vitamin D, which is important for our immune systems, mood stability, and bone health.

On the other hand, too much sun is a big problem. Not only is it linked to skin cancer, too much sun can cause age spots and wrinkles as you age and a sunburn hurts a lot! The trick is to allow your baby to get some sun, but to protect their skin at all times to avoid the pain of a sunburn now and potential serious problems down the road.


Babies are especially vulnerable to the sun because their skin is so new and has never been exposed to the sun before.

Even small amounts of sun can cause a painful sunburn. Your first response may be to slather your baby in lots of sunscreen every time you leave the house.

Not so fast! First, because a babies skin is extremely sensitive and because their skin is very thin and porous, most pediatricians recommend that NO sunscreen is used on a baby until they are at least six months old. At that time, we highly recommend using natural baby sunscreen for a number of reasons.


Why Natural Baby Sunscreen?

Many people falsely believe that pretty much all products sold in the United States are regulated.

Unfortunately, that's not the case for many products - and personal care products, including sunscreen, are not regulated at all. What that means is that the companies that manufacture sunscreen can put anything they want into their products and unfortunately, many of them include chemicals that are potentially harmful.

For example, PABA, Oxybenzone, and/or Benzophenone are routinely used in sunscreens and can actually increase the risk of skin cancer.

Many pediatricians are also concerned about the effect that sunscreen can have on a babies vital organs when it's absorbed into the skin, which is why they suggest not using it until at least six months of age.

Where Can I Find Natural Baby Sunscreen?

There are a few products on the market that are all natural and that we really like. The line of products by California Baby is one of our favorites.

It's a little pricey as far as sunscreen goes but they avoid all of the harmful chemicals and still make a product that works really well and lasts a long time.

Most of their sunscreen is also fragrance free, which is a good thing, because fragrances are typically just a collection of added chemicals that aren't needed and can irritate a babies skin.

We also like the Avalon Organics It's also free of all the harmful ingredients we talked about above and is fragrance free. It's SPF 18, and we really prefer SPF 25 or above for little ones, but overall it does a great job.

Other Natural Baby Sunscreen Methods

We've been trained to think that sunscreen is a lotion that is applied to the skin. However, there are lots of other natural ways to protect your babies skin that don't require the use of any store bought sunscreen at all. Here's some ideas:

Always put a sun hat on your baby when you are outdoors.
Dress your baby in loose fitting, breathable clothing when you are outdoors. Dressing them in long pants and a long-sleeved shirt made of cotton will actually help to keep them cool and protect their skin from the sun.
Stay out of the sun when it's at its strongest - from 11:00 - 1:00 or so. If you are going to do outdoor activities, try to plan them for the morning or later afternoon hours.

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