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How to Apply Sunscreen to Your Baby

Following a few simple rules can help you shield your baby's skin from the sun.

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Keeping your baby safe from the sun's rays is important whenever you spend time outside. You may have noticed that the label on your bottle's sunscreen says to check with your pediatrician before applying it to an infant under 6 months. Most doctors agree that it's generally fine to use a small amount of a block containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide on younger babies. Be sure to avoid formulas containing oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate, though. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher with the words "broad-spectrum" on the label. Also look for hypoallergenic and fragrance-free formulas, which are less irritating to your baby's sensitive skin. When getting ready for an outing, put sunscreen on your baby 30 minutes before you leave the house, even if it's overcast. You wanna use about two tablespoons of lotion for your baby's entire body. Rub in the sunscreen if you're using lotion. A stick formula works well on the face. Like a lotion, you'll need to rub it in, too. Sprays don't need to be rubbed in. But if you're applying one to your baby's face, spritz them in your hand first. Once you're out and about, reapply at least every 2 hours. Even if the sunscreen says it's water-proof, you should still reapply it as soon as baby comes out of the water.