We all know to slip, slop, slap our kiddies before heading out in the Australian sun. But it can be tricky to know what’s ok to use on your wee one’s delicate skin. Sunscreen is recommended to be used from any age to protect the parts like their tiny hands and faces, that you can’t cover-up.
While it’s best to keep bubs under six months old out of the blazing sun in something like a handy beach tent or sun shelter, it’s not always easy to keep them cooped up when the fun of splashing waves is in sight.
What to look for when buying baby sunscreen
Here are a few things to think about when buying sunscreen for babies and kids:
SPF: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number tells you how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin if you apply the sunscreen exactly as directed compared with the amount of time without sunscreen. So, if you use an SPF 30 product properly, it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you used no sunscreen.
Ingredients: Where possible, look for a baby sunscreen with natural ingredients. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are often used in mineral-based sunscreens. These natural ‘blockers’ sit on top of babe’s tender skin, providing broad-spectrum coverage that reflects both UVA and UVB rays.
Water-resistance: Venturing to the beach with plans to stay on the sand? Just like when playing at home, little ones will find a way of getting wet and messy. A water-resistant sunscreen will keep them protected from the harsh sun despite the spills and splashes.
11 sunscreens for babies and kids
To help you find the best baby sunscreen for your little love, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:
Wotnot knows what not to put in sunscreen, so their sunscreen for babies is free of sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, artificial preservatives and fragrances. Packed with jojoba oil, shea butter and soothing aloe vera, it’s incredibly gentle on bub’s delicate skin.
Jack N’ Jill
This reef-friendly sunscreen provides pint-sized poppets with UVA and UVB protection for sun-safe play. Suitable for babies six months and up, the cruelty-free formula contains chamomile and calendula to soothe and care for young skin.
Using only natural ingredients to protect sensitive skin from the sun’s harsh rays, this broad-spectrum sunscreen has been formulated for those with dry, eczema-prone skin. Suitable for all ages, it offers two hours of water resistance while little ones dip and dive.
Created for sensitive and irritated skin, this very high protection sunscreen is enriched with Vitamin E to keep delicate skin soft and hydrated. Ultra-lightweight and non-greasy, it absorbs easily without leaving a thick, white gluggy residue.
Itchy Baby Co
Water-resistant for up to 4 hours, this natural sunscreen is perfect for little ones with dry and irritated skin. Using the natural goodness of candelilla wax, coconut and oat oils, it aims to nourish the skin, leaving it happy and healthy when in the sun.
Enriched with Vitamin C powerhouse Kakadu plum and soothing sandalwood, this zinc-based natural sunscreen gives bub’s body and face protection from UVB and UVA rays. With up to 3 hours of water resistance, the multivitamin formula can be used from six months.
SIMPLE as that
Boasting a 100% natural formulation, SIMPLE as that has created a lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen specifically for little bodies. A zinc oxide base provides protection from UVA and UVB rays alongside nourishing oils such as rosehip and chamomile.
Enriched with the benefits of goat milk, aloe vera, Vitamin E, lavender and chamomile, this dreamy sunscreen is non-greasy and easy to rub into the skin. With a base of zinc oxide, it provides non-chemical protection from the harmful effects of the sun.
This handy sunscreen for babies and kids helps keep those harmful rays at bay. Created with a natural zinc oxide base, it offers broad-spectrum protection and dries clear. Plus, it attaches to your pram and nappy bag thanks to the handy clip.
Approved by paediatricians, the Baby Bum sunscreen gives beach-ready tots broad-spectrum protection and up to 3 hours of water resistance. Developed for babies with thin, delicate skin, the gentle formula is free from Parabens and phthalates.
Available in a roll-on and lotion, this sunscreen has been specially designed for babies and children. Made in Australia, the gentle formula provides two hours of water-resistant, protected fun in the sun.
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Read next …
Looking for more summertime essentials? From comfy swimwear and swim nappies to cool pool toys for tots big and small, here are a few articles that you might like to read next:
- 20 beach and pool toys for summer
- 11 swim nappies for water-loving babes
- 20 kids swimwear brands for little swimmers
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