What is a safe sunblock for 3 month old babies?

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Amanda - posted on 07/19/2010

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Because my son was born in September, I did not have to worry about sunscreen too much until he was 6 moths old, but I do know that it is not recommended when they are really young. However, I asked the pediatrician if I needed to use children's sunscreen, or if I could just use "regular" sunscreen, and she said I could use whatever I want. I wear sunscreen religiously too, so I had a vested interest. That stuff is not cheap for children or adults.

Angie - posted on 07/18/2010

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A barrier sunscreen is ok for under 6 months. We use the Alba Botanica SUN SPF 18 mineral sunscreen.

Minnie - posted on 07/18/2010

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There are different types of sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens aren't safe for adults either. They are linked to an increased risk of skin cancer based on the way the chemicals react with free radicals in your skin.



We use Badger sunblock (listed as the safest brand). Its active ingredient is 20.5 % zinc oxide. Its a physical sunblock, and doesn't carry the risks of chemical sunscreens.



I prefer to use a sunblock without titanium dioxide and just zinc because the titanium doesn't fully block UVB rays.

Kim - posted on 07/17/2010

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My Dr. and pharmacist said not to use ANY sun screens on my Daughter until she was at LEAST 6 months. There's a brand of clothing called IPLAY that is all the equivalent of spf 50. I keep my daughter in one of their sun hats- but you can also get full body suits too. :)
Its a bit pricey though... - heres the link to their site if you are interested.

http://www.iplaybabywear.com/2006/Conten...

Jacquelyn - posted on 07/17/2010

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Actually there are sunscreens without chemicals, Neutrogena makes a pure and free baby face stick with just Zinc and Titanium (both natural sun blockers) and a lotion called Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion in spf 30 and 60 with just the titanium - there are other natural brands that also make similar products like Jason

Michelle - posted on 07/17/2010

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My 3 year old was a summer baby and when i went looking for sun cream i discovered they were all for 6mths and over and that was the baby ones. So i just kept her out the sun and the small amount of time she was in it i just kept her well shaded.

Jennifer - posted on 07/17/2010

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there really isn't one recommended for a baby so young...they aren't supposed to wear sunscreen under the age of 6 months because they absorb too much of the chemicals. we are told to keep our babies in the shade. if you absolutely need to, i would recommend a chemical-free sunscreen such as California Baby at least until the baby is 6 months.

even "baby sunscreens" are full of chemicals and are not recommended for those under 6 months.

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