Posted by Cynthia Poblete on June 03, 2014
Just because it isn’t hot does not mean your baby cannot be burned by the sun. It’s not the heat that burns skin, but the ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can damage a person’s skin at any time of the day or year, even in the winter. Babies have vulnerable skin that can quickly suffer short- and long-term damage from the sun. Just one sunburn during childhood increases the risk of melanoma later in life. Check out these six ways to protect your baby from the sun.
1. Use a sunshade.
Attach a sunshade to your baby’s stroller or carriage for whenever you’re outside. You might want to pick up an add-on stroller shade (they’re usually inexpensive) to fit over your stroller’s canopy with built-in UV protection. Use a removable mesh window shield to keep direct sunlight off your child while he’s in the car.
Even with the shade up, keep the
2. Dress your baby properly.
Cover your baby’s arms and legs in a lightweight, light-colored clothing. Even if it’s hot, it’s better to be covered to protect delicate skin from the harsh light. Use fabrics with a tight weave. You can judge them by holding them up the light; looser weaves will have more light shining through. Keep a sun-protective change of clothing in your car or
3. Toss on a hat.
Regardless of the amount of hair your baby has, a hat is essential. Use one with a wide brim or flaps in the back and sides for neck and ear protection. Ideally, you want something large enough to shade the face.
4. UV-protective sunglasses.
Some parents have a hard time getting their child to wear sunglasses. If your baby is old enough, he might be able to grasp the benefit of eye covering.
5. Use sunscreen liberally.
Use a sunscreen that’s at least SP15. Look for the words “broad spectrum” on the bottle. This means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, each of which damage you in a different way.
Check your sunscreen’s expiration date and replace it as needed. The
6. Stay out of the sun.
Sounds easy, right? If your baby is still an infant, you shouldn’t be in the sun at all. Their skin is too sensitive, even for sunscreen. Baby skin is still delicate and especially susceptible to
Written by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow
San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.
After Clark read a recent
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