anyne use sunblock before 6 months?

Amanda - posted on 07/27/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

210

5

30

If we are outside (at a playground or something where there is minimal shade) with my 2 year old and my 4 month old wants to be held or be in the baby bjorn, I put sunblock on her arms and legs if they are exposed. If the alternative is a sunburn, I don't feel bad, and I am not even sure why we aren't supposed to use it before 6 months (because their skin is sensitive, or it could get in their mouth and eyes, or because it gives false sense of security?). Anyone else use it? I can't stay indoors all the time!

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Tara - posted on 07/29/2010

1

14

0

My pediatrician says there have been studies and it is now safe on babies under 6 months...just keep off the hands!

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

25 Comments

View replies by

Beth - posted on 09/11/2010

10

18

1

my doc told me i could use once she turned 2 months, but not before then. i use the aveeno baby sunscreen and i love it since its not greesy or smelly like others can be. just like everyone else, i didnt put it on her hands either. i still kept a hat on her head too just to keep the sun outta her eyes.

Heather - posted on 09/10/2010

13

34

0

we used sunscreen on our baby at 3 months. we tested her foot the night before. the sunscreen actually made her skin softer and smoother...go figure. But some people will tell you that it's bad for them. I say as long as they are fine before during and after using it go for it.

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2010

136

75

21

i tryed but it made her brake out in a rash her skin is to sensitive but i made sure i used baby suntan lotion

Renee - posted on 08/16/2010

11

23

0

I used sunblock at about 3.5 months with my lil guy and still use it anytime hes outside and exposed to extreme Arizona sun! They say not until 6 months for the sensitvity and moisture of skin, and possible allergies I believe! I agree..rather be safe then a red, burned baby!

Gemma - posted on 08/06/2010

51

17

2

I bought Nivea Baby Sun Lotion (SPF 50+) when the wee one was only a few weeks old and have been using it ever since as added protection when we go out. Although I keep her covered with a hat a parasol she moves around and the sun catches her at times. To be safe I put the sun cream on. As it said "baby" I didn't even think about minimum ages. After reading these posts I got the bottle out to check and in really tiny writing on the back in the middle of a load of other writing it says for 3 months +. There was no effort to make this stand out so it can't be that important. My wee one has not had any problems with her skin since using it. She's never been sunburnt either.

Chaylene - posted on 08/05/2010

18

18

0

i use it once and a while as well and mt girl is 3 months old. i just mix it with some of her other loations

[deleted account]

I have used the water babies on my 31/2 month old. I would much rather that then sunburn or some other sun causing skin condition when he gets older. I was told the 6month wait period is incase they have a reaction, so I tested a small area on Owen's foot first. Take care and enjoy the sunny summer weather!

Liz - posted on 08/03/2010

5

10

1

I have used a couple of different ones.. all which say babies must be at least 6 months, but hey..as long as its at least spf 30 its gonna be better than your baby in pain with burns. i have been lotioning him up as early as 6wks old..and he has perfect skin so no complaints! i think it all just precautions as otherwise if your child had a reaction..people would soon write in to complain!..

Ashley - posted on 08/03/2010

5

0

0

I recently read that use of sunblock is not recommended for under 6mo only because they don't want you getting a false feeling of security that your baby is totally protected - it's ok to use, just make sure they are completely covered, reapply often, and even use heavy-duty blocks like zinc. HTH!

Holly - posted on 07/31/2010

18

130

0

What I was told to do is do a small patch test on the baby to make sure they don't have a reaction!!! The reason they tell you not to use sunblock is b/c babies are sensitive skinned!! I put it on my twins and they both did fine!! As Kathy said I didn't put it on their hands b/c of the chance of getting it in their mouths!

Kathy - posted on 07/31/2010

7

6

0

I've used it on my 3 1/2 month old. I just didn't put it on her hands because she loves to suck on her fingers.

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2010

4

20

0

I used it on my daughter when she was 2 months old when we went to the beach. I'm guessing it's because their skin is so sensitive. My daughter has a very dark complexion & has been able to tolerate every lotion we have tried. Never had a diaper rash either. So maybe it depends on the baby

Jessica - posted on 07/30/2010

5

0

1

i did.. we went to the beach a week ago n was there over a hr.. n i put some on him n also put him under a umbrella

Mildred - posted on 07/29/2010

13

18

1

I use it all the time, my daughter is half hispanic and I would rather her get tan when she choses than be tan for the rest of her life! but I also try very hard for her not to be exposed to direct sun light!

Mildred (24) Richard (28)
Anthony (2) Rosemary (3mths)

Alexandria - posted on 07/29/2010

608

51

128

I to use sun block on my baby boy and this one is SPF 60 and excially for babies and it says that it is safe to use on babies of all ages, so i think you are being smart by avoiding the sunburn!

Amanda - posted on 07/29/2010

210

5

30

wow I can't believe a pediatrician would yell at you! I wouldn't feel bad about it, it's better than a sunburn!

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2010

11

20

1

my dr yelled at me for putting it on but I agree. use it on exposed arms and legs no hands. No issues yet

Holly - posted on 07/28/2010

3

17

0

I too use sunblock on my little one. This was not the case with my ten yr. old...I was told then that the skin is just to sensitive for the ingredients that are in sunblock and would break out. Which he never did......This time the pediatrician said go for it things have just changed....

Elisha - posted on 07/28/2010

54

19

1

I try to keep my 3 month old in the shade but sometime its not possible so I put sunblock on him theres no chance my 4 yr old is gonna let me stay in doors everyday with the baby

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2010

9

10

1

I use it on my 3 month old, I aked his doc. first and she said it was fine to use as long as it was sunblack that was natural and made for babies. my friends dad told me that you cant use it because the baby could get dehydrated I'm not sure where he got that from though.

Kelly - posted on 07/28/2010

35

10

3

I too use the baby aveeno sunblock on my 3 mth old...I have been using it on him since he was born. I just make sure that I give him a bath after to wash it off.

Susan - posted on 07/27/2010

187

41

55

I used it at the beach beach when 2 months old, I rather use some sun block then have a crispy baby. I just didn't put it on his hands, because he loves to chew on them. I of course used shade, hats, ect..ect... Not sure the reason either, think just because they have such sensitive skin...I dont know.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms