Thursday, May 13, 2010

Baby Sunscreen

Here is some information I wanted to share about baby sunscreen. I had no idea what to look for in a sunscreen and this article from helped me out quite a bit! I hope it helps you too!

I recommend choosing a "physical" or "chemical-free" sunscreen made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide — look for one of those ingredients on the label. Unlike chemical sunscreens, which may cause irritation or allergic reactions because the skin absorbs the active ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sit on top of the skin, forming a barrier against the sun's rays.

There's no evidence chemical sunscreens are dangerous or toxic, but we just don't know enough yet about how young children react to the ingredients. Also, sunblocks with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide start protecting as soon as you put them on, whereas chemical products need to be slathered on 30 minutes in advance so the skin has time to absorb them.

I found this Neutrogena sensitive skin sunblock at Target and it fit all the criteria. It is hard to find the right sunblock because even ones marketed to babies are not necessarily the one you need.

Here is a link to the original article which has more tips for you!


  1. We use California Baby on Will and he's never burned with it! Very gentle on his skin-he reacted badly to Coppertone and the pink baby stuff back up daycare put on him.

  2. Thanks for the info, I never know what to get as far as baby sunblock. Now I know what ingredient to look for. Hope you are all feeling better.


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