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I Have a Confession to Make

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

I’m a health editor and last week my daughter got a sunburn.

After a fun day at the beach to celebrate Father’s Day, I gasped when I saw my 7-year-old’s pink back and shoulders as she stepped into the shower. I don’t know how, but I had completely neglected those areas when I sunscreened Julia up. It wasn’t a hideous burn, but it was noticeable enough that her 2nd-grade teacher asked what happened (“I told her my mom did it because she forgot to put sunscreen on me,” she recounted, only partially accurately) and it was bad enough for her skin to peel all week. Oh, and it made enough of an impression on her that she told me, “In health the teacher said that if you get one bad sunburn you can get cancer.” Just in case I wasn’t feeling awful enough.

So when she started pool camp yesterday, she was as covered up as I could get her (that’s her in the photo). Between my two daughters, I’ve amassed quite a collection of SPF swimwear and rashguard tops over the years. Right now I’m into Snapper Rock, which has a great line of SPF50+ suits for kids. Besides their cute designs (you can’t tell that Julia’s suit bottom has pink, aqua, and white stripes; my other daughter’s has a sweet ruffle all around), I like the fact that the company has a philanthropic side. Snapper Rock donates money to the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, and donates swimwear to a camp for underprivileged children in New Hampshire.

Like all high-quality swimwear, Snapper Rock’s stuff isn’t cheap. But right now they’ve got a great sale going on where swim tops are going for $15. Get ‘em while you can!

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I’m a Health Editor, and My Kids Keep Getting Sunburns

Friday, August 10th, 2012

It’s pretty shameful. Nearly every Sunday night this summer, I’ve seen that my young daughters have way too much color, especially on their face, where they keep getting slight burns on their nose and under their eyes. I am completely vigilant about sunscreen, and thanks to this job, I have an endless supply of it. But something’s not working, whether it’s me or the SPF I’m using.

I was recently at the beach with my sister, who used a sunscreen wipe on her 2-year-old daughter just as I was about to embark on my usual routine of spraying my girls’ bodies, putting lotion on their faces, and using a stick SPF on their nose and ears and under their eyes. My daughters looked wistfully over at their cousin–who was finished getting ‘screened up in about 30 seconds–and asked if they could use the wipe, too. My sister swiftly rubbed their faces and told me how much she swears by the towelettes, which are from a company called MD Moms and developed by two pediatricians who themselves have children. Even with that pedigree, I confess I was slightly skeptical …

… Until we got home that afternoon and I saw that for once, my children’s faces were the same shade they were when we arrived at the beach. Hallelujah! And now that I’ve done a little digging online, I see that basically everyone who uses these wipes (official name: Baby Silk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes) is a devotee. They are a must-have as I head to the beach tomorrow for a week’s vacation.

Now, the wipes aren’t cheap–$26 for 20–but think of the pros: They’re foolproof. They’re great for babies. They can get in kids’ eyes without irritating them. You can bring them on your carry-on luggage, unlike any other sunscreen. And they work.

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How to Protect Your Kid’s Skin This Summer

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Baby wearing sunglassesHow are you keeping your kids safe from the sun this summer?  Are you stocking up on sunscreen or buying SPF clothes like Kara Corridan (Health Director of Parents magazine), who wrote about the special swimsuit she bought her daughter?

If you’re not sure where to start, we have basic primers about sun safety (i.e. What is SPF? What does UVA and UVB mean?), sunscreen selections from American Baby editors,  sun protection clothes and gear recommendations for kids, and more.  Check out the information below to avoid sunburns this season.

Sun Care 101

Sun Care Products

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