My Instagram feed is suddenly overcome with spring break photos, and with spring break comes spring, and with spring comes the sun (hello sun! It’s been a while!). Every year when the days get a little longer, the weather a little nicer, and the babies a little less bundled, we get questions about which sunscreens to use on our babies’ sensitive skin. We’ve touched on it before, but we’re here to update the list of our favorite baby safe sunscreens on the market.
First of all, before your baby is six months old, you should try to avoid using sunscreen altogether. Stay in the shade, cover baby up with SPF clothing, bring out the brimmed hats and umbrellas. Once your little one hits that half year mark, doctors recommend using sunscreens containing zinc or titanium to protect from those UVA/UVB rays. These both sit on top of your skin, versus absorbing into your precious little’s supple skin like other kinds will. This in turn limits the exposure your little one will have to harmful chemicals.
We’re big believers in the Environmental Working Group’s recommendations for the best baby safe sunscreens. Rest assured the sunscreens they recommend do not contain any harmful hormone disruptors. Make sure to reapply often–every two hours or whenever your baby has been toweled off. And as easy as those sprays and powders are, they are often not recommended for babies and young children, as there is a risk of inhalation and injury to the lungs. We’ve gone off the EWG’s list of safest sunscreens to chose our favorites below: