Nothing is sweeter than long summer days with your baby.
Your baby will get to discover the magic of playing at the park, lounging on the beach and going on long walks. As most moms know, your baby’s skin is incredibly delicate, which makes it even more sensitive and likely to burn.
Knowing how to protect a newborn from the sun will require some know-how and some extra supplies in your diaper bag. But being prepared and having what you need on hand will help you feel confident that your little one is staying safe and protected from any damage those rays can cause.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding sun exposure all together until your baby is six months old. This sounds simple enough, but it's not always the easiest thing to accomplish if you live an active lifestyle, or reside in a part of the world where the sun seems to always be shining.
But don’t worry! It is totally possible to enjoy those summer days and keep your babies skin safe. Just stick to a few guidelines and you won’t have to miss a single event.
1. Use Sunscreen Mindfully
Sunscreen is not generally recommended for babies under six-months old. Their sensitive skin increases the likelihood that they have irritation or allergic reactions. When you do use a sunscreen, make sure to choose an organic formula to ensure your baby isn't exposed to any unnecessary chemicals. Here is a great guide to choosing a Natural, Organic and Non-Toxic sunscreen for your baby.
2. Dress for Comfort
You don’t want to overdress your baby and expose them to extra heat. It’s recommended that you dress your baby in light, loose-fitting clothing during the summer. Our collection of lightweight muslin items are perfect for keeping your baby cool and protected throughout the summer. Hats and sunglasses are great accessories that will keep baby even more protected when you are playing outdoors.
3. Keep Covered
Try to keep baby covered as much as possible if you are outside for an extended amount of time. Avoid afternoons when the sun is at its hottest, and look for shady spots to sit when you venture out. Stroller covers and umbrellas are a must-have for new moms. They provide extra protection from the sun’s harmful rays without making baby warmer.
The combination of sun and heat can be super dehydrating for moms and babes. Make sure to store your breastmilk or formula in a cooler, and offer your baby some liquid every few minutes.
We understand the importance of protecting babies from extra chemicals and harmful rays. It is our mission to arm parents with the information they need to raise happy and healthy babies. Follow these simple rules, and you will be able to enjoy all of those special summer moments.
Let us know in the comments - What do you have planned for your baby this summer?