What to do sunscreen wise on a 3 month old?

Rachel - posted on 05/31/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )

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I guess i cant use sunscreen on my 3 month old, and cant use it til he is 6months. what am i suppose to do in the next 2-3 months?! We have been having some hot days and its just going to get worse as the summer goes on?! Dont want the little one to burn..i try to keep him as blocked as possible but what should i do,when he is out of his carrier/stroller?! thanks

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Elizabeth - posted on 07/10/2013

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I have a flower child for a L.O she has been a sun baby since she was born so I'm super thankful to have found this thread!

Katrina - posted on 06/10/2011

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Be careful what yo use, most sunscreens, even advertised for babies contain toxins and carcinogens. I work for a company that manufactures products that are safe enough to use on your baby. If you want more info, you can email me at savegreenbesafe@saferforyourhome.com

Rachel - posted on 06/09/2011

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Hey! I'm new to circle of moms. I just wrote a blog post about sunscreens, there is a database you can look at that will tell you how toxic sunscreen is. Some of the naural/organic ones should be fine and like everyone else, use shade and hats. http://day2dayjoys.blogspot.com/2011/06/...

Karen Ann - posted on 06/07/2011

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Sunscreen should not be used on babies under 6 most. Minimal sun is best.

Alicia - posted on 06/07/2011

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HI - Your best bet is to find one with zinc as a key ingredient. Its the same thing in most diaper rash ointments. (Like Desitin) I found one the other day sold by Badger Balm. They even have one that is a sunscreen with a completely kid safe (no deet) insect repellent mixed in. You should be able to buy it at Vitamin Cottage or Whole Foods.

Lucinda - posted on 06/07/2011

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I haven't tried this yet but I know that coconut oil works for a short while. It needs to be re-applied about every two hours.

Sally - posted on 06/07/2011

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Shade is best. If you absolutely feel a need for sunscreen, use a bariier cream instead of a chemical one. It blocks more rays and fewer nasty things are absorbed into the skin.

Tamara - posted on 06/06/2011

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we are leaving in Bahrain... it is 40 degres since over 1 month and I have a 4 month old baby. we are regulary in the pool, suncreme and stingersuit plus a had....

Rachel - posted on 06/06/2011

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k thanks everyone. the next time i make out to babyrus ill look..its kinda a cruise thanks :)

Sarah - posted on 06/05/2011

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Well, ask your pediatrician, but we used the Aveeno baby sunblock... my kids aren't warped so I think it would be okay.

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I know that in Italy they use sunscreen on infants that are younger than 6 months. they were surprised when I told them we don't (canada). my wonder...if zinc is the ingredient that keeps them protected why can't we jsut use zinc? period. just zinc. there are many on the market that are thin enough to apply the same as a thick sunscreen.

Nicola - posted on 06/05/2011

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I think zinc is ok to use one of the pure er ones here in aus you can get a clear one that you use the same as you wpould sunscreen but its safer from a younger age.

Gale - posted on 06/05/2011

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Find shade when you go out. they have little sunscreen shades for baby, search on onestepahead.com great site

Cara - posted on 06/05/2011

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Have a look at www.snoozeshade.com - it's great for protecting babies when they're in the stroller/carrier and keeps them cooler C x



I've just seen you're in the US - I'm in the UK but they ship worldwide - they have one product on Amazon.com

http://amzn.to/iDXEda



hope that helps x

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2011

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I use an organic pure zinc based sunscreen on my baby, anything thats pure zinc is fine,

Rachel - posted on 06/05/2011

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not sure havent talked to my kids dr yet..but on the bottle it said 6months on the baby sunscreen. and i got the 100..figured that would be the best.

Bernadette - posted on 06/05/2011

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why can't you use it until six months? When my daughter was a baby I went looking for baby sunscreen but in the shop I was at could only find toddler stuff. I went and asked the pharmacist if it was ok to use on her (I can't remember exactly how old she was but not very) and he said that babies skin reaches the same level of absorbancy as an adult by 2 months so he didn't see any reason why it couldn't be used on her. We never had an issue with it.

Gena - posted on 06/04/2011

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I live in Florida and just asked my ped about this in regards to my 7 week old. She said that Aveeno baby is safe for newborns!

Chrissy - posted on 06/04/2011

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there are baby sunscreens try a chemist/pharmacy they have sunscreens for 3 months old and for senstive skin also :)

Tammy - posted on 06/04/2011

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My daughter is almost 3 now and I sometimes forget to bring the sunscreen with us, but I always have a hat for her and a canopy for her stroller. When she was really young, I always had an umbrella over her when we were outside, so I never needed a sunscreen.

Cassandra - posted on 06/03/2011

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You can use it sparingly. I asked my son's pediatrician when he was that age and she said to cover him with cloths as much as possible, stay in the shade, and to apply sunscreen if he's gonna be in the sun. Just, try a tiny dab on an arm or something beforehand to make sure your lo isn't gonna have an allergic reaction.

Rheanna - posted on 06/03/2011

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Unfortunately we don't sell our products in stores. We prefer to work with clients face-to-face and let them try everything before purchase. You can order from my website. We have a 100% money back guarantee for a year after purchase if by any chance you're not satisfied. (www.mybeautysociety.com/r.carter) 
Making Shade is an ultra-sheer, water resistant sunscreen. It contains the most popular UVB protection in the world (octinoxate) and the gentlest UVA protection available (mirconized zinc oxide). The zinc-oxide goes on white so you can see where you've applied it, then it goes clear. It's SPF 28. You don't need anything over 30. It already gives you 98% protection from the sun. The FDA has actually tried to ban companies from putting over 50 SPF on their labels because there isn't a difference in protection. 
I believe you can find something similar to my product at Sephora. Just avoid oxibenzone. Hope I've been helpful. If you need to contact me you can send me an e-mail at Rheanna_Carter@yahoo.com

Callie - posted on 06/02/2011

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Ask your ped about sunscreen. Our ped gave me a few names of sunscreen I could use on an infant. We live in Kansas and summers can get pretty hot. Seeking shade is your best bet but here that's only possible sometimes.

Rheanna - posted on 06/02/2011

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There's been a controversy over this issue going on for awhile. An infants skin is very thin & the chemicals in sunscreen can be absorbed. Oxybenzone is a common chemical used in a majority of sunscreens on the market today. It has been linked to multiple types of cancer and other health issues. That being said, sunscreens without oxybenzone are on the market and can be used on babies in moderation. I'd suggest a zinc oxide based sunscreen because it sits on the top of the skin and is not absorbed. Try Beauty Society's Making Shade Sunscreen. I've used it on my daughter since she was a couple months old. You can check it out on my website at www.mybeautysociety.com/r.carter if you have any questions let me know.

Christy - posted on 06/01/2011

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Keep him under an umbrella. Long sleeves that is breathable, and a hat if you don't have any type of shade handy.

Rachel - posted on 06/01/2011

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Thanks. Yea i keep him covered while in the stroller and i try and keep a hat on him(his doing if he doesnt stay on) lol, but yea i guess ill just have to keep track of his sun time. thanks ladies :)

Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2011

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I have to agree with the others. Find a good shade tree. My 2nd was born the end of April. If we went to the pool, I made sure to find an umbrella (or took my own). I bought a ton of really cute sun hats for her, and made sure if she did have to be in direct sun light, that it was no more than a couple minutes at a time.

Jenni - posted on 06/01/2011

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I know the feeling. I'm outdoorsy and I love the summer! I wanted to get my babies out into the world on a nice summer day BUT it's best to avoid direct sunlight for the first 12 months. I only went out in the sun when necessary for the first 12 mo and always kept my LOs in the shade or covered the stroller with a light blanket. A hat with a large brim is helpful but for the most part try to keep him out of direct sunlight.

Tameka - posted on 06/01/2011

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Seek shade. That's the best option. You can get mini pop up tents designed for infants for this. They are easy to use and compact enough to put in the basket part of your stroller to take with you.

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