11 sunscreens for babies and kids

11 best sunscreens for babies and kids | Mum's Grapevine

We all know to slip, slop, slap our kiddies before heading out in the Australian sun. But it can be tricky to know what baby sunscreen to use on your wee one’s delicate skin. Sunscreen is recommended to be used from any age to protect parts of the body like tiny hands and faces that can’t be covered 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 there’s so much fun to be had outside.

Kitted out with a sun hat and protective swimwear, the only thing bub needs to be beach-ready is a great baby sunscreen to help keep that nasty sunburn at bay.

What to look for when buying baby sunscreen

The best sunscreens for babies and kids | Mum's Grapevine

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 needs, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:

Wotnot

Best Baby Sunscreen: Wotnot Naturals
Wotnot Natural Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($19.99)

This brand 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

Best Kids Sunscreen: Jack N' Jill

Jack N’ Jill Natural Sunscreen SPF30 ($19.99)

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.


Grahams

Best Baby Sunscreen: Grahams Natural Kids

Grahams SunClear Natural Sunscreen SPF40 ($29.95)

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.


Lullaby Skincare

Lullaby sunscreen

Lullaby Sunscreen for Delicate Skin SPF50+ ($45)

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

Best Baby Sunscreen: Itchy Baby Co

Itchy Baby Co Natural Sunscreen SPF50 ($22.95)

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.


Lovekins

Best Sunscreen for Babies and Kids: Lovekins

Lovekins Baby Sunscreen SPF30 ($33.95)

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

SIMPLE as That Natural Baby & kids Sunscreen

SIMPLE as that Natural Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+ ($29.95)

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.


Gilly Goat

Gilly Goat natural sunscreen

Gilly Goat Baby Safe Sunscreen SPF15 ($22.95)

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.


Invisible Zinc

Invisible Zinc junior sunscreen

Invisible Zinc Junior Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($15.99)

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.


Baby Bum

Baby bum sunscreen for babies
Sun Bum Baby Bum Natural Sunscreen SPF30 ($24.46)

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.


Ego Sunsense

Sunsense junior sunscreen for babies and children

Ego SunSense Junior SPF 50+ (from $9.96)

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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