While we’re deep in the throes of the last gasp of summer fun, let’s not forget about sun protection especially for young babies. And it’s not an easy task. Babies’ skin is very vulnerable to the chemicals in sunscreen as well as the damaging rays of the sun, according to a recent article in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, entitled “New Insights About Infant and Toddler Skin: Implications for Sun Protection.”
It can be challenging to formulate an effective, safe, nonirritating sunscreen for small children. This might explain why statistics show that 7 to13 percent of children get sunburned in a single summer weekend, and 29 to 83 percent of kids get sunburned at least once in a summer.
The journal article also stresses that the best time to start applying gentle, effective sunscreens is about half-way through a baby’s first year of life. Other tips for babies, 6 months and older, include staying out of the midday sun, wearing protective clothing and hats and seeking shade. Neutrogena has taken these statistics to heart and has developed two sunscreens for babies, six months and older, as well as toddlers and older children.
The first is Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Lotion SPF 60 and Stick SPF 60 ($10.49 and $8.99, respectively). Reportedly, gentle enough for babies, this product features physical sunblocks – titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – which are known to be gentle on sensitive skin.
The second suggestion is Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunblock Spray SPF 70+, which is formulated to be applied to wet skin. With kids running in and out of water, it can be challenging to get children to dry off so you can reapply sunscreen. Wet Skin alleviates this frustration and applies smoothly and clearly on the wettest of water babies.