At what age did you start to use sunscreen on your baby?

Summer - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Just curious to know when other moms started using sunscreen on their babies?

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i use nivea baby sun lotion. spf 50+ on my 9 month old.. i have found this to be very effective xx

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Quoting Erin:



Quoting Kate:

Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).





I live in Australia and we have the highest incidence of skin cancer per capita of anywhere in the world. I find it very hard to believe, if what you're saying is true, that we haven't heard of this before. Our authorities spend millions of dollars every year in education campaigns regarding prevention strategies, and not once have I ever heard of an organic diet stopping skin from burning when exposed to UV rays.






To be honest I think it's pretty irresponsible to be advising other mums not to use sunscreen on their children.






i totally agree on how irresponsible it is..

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Quoting Kate:

Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).

If you must use sunscreen, try to wait until at least 6 months of age, and use Badger brand, which does not have all the chemicals in it. Even most "baby" sunscreens do have a lot of chemicals. Burt's Bees makes a good herbal insect repellant too.



please do not listen to this.. a good diet and breastmilk is not a form of sun protection.. if the suns going to burn your skin it will burn no matter what you eat... but thanks for a good laugh!! i have never laughed so much!!

Erin - posted on 07/10/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).


I live in Australia and we have the highest incidence of skin cancer per capita of anywhere in the world. I find it very hard to believe, if what you're saying is true, that we haven't heard of this before. Our authorities spend millions of dollars every year in education campaigns regarding prevention strategies, and not once have I ever heard of an organic diet stopping skin from burning when exposed to UV rays.



To be honest I think it's pretty irresponsible to be advising other mums not to use sunscreen on their children.

Lauren - posted on 07/10/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).

If you must use sunscreen, try to wait until at least 6 months of age, and use Badger brand, which does not have all the chemicals in it. Even most "baby" sunscreens do have a lot of chemicals. Burt's Bees makes a good herbal insect repellant too.



Erm...ok she doesn't burn, but the sun's rays are still doing damage to her delicate skin. I'd never risk not putting cream on my sun, I'm not ok with damaging his skin and putting him at a larger risk of skin cancer.



 



My son was born in December so obviously didn't really need sun cream then. But it got really hot here in May/June, so used suncream then...so he was about 5-6 months old. You should make sure the cream you use has 5 stars on the back as it protects against UVB as well as UVA rays. I use Asda suncream, specifically for babies and is factor 50.

Abby - posted on 07/10/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Joy:




Quoting Kate:

Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).

If you must use sunscreen, try to wait until at least 6 months of age, and use Badger brand, which does not have all the chemicals in it. Even most "baby" sunscreens do have a lot of chemicals. Burt's Bees makes a good herbal insect repellant too.








I only found one article that suggested that some foods may decrease sunburn.  Organic tomato paste and olive oil lowered redness from UV exposure by 35%.  Still best to err on the side of caution though IMHO.  What you're suggesting is good as added protection, as most people do eat processed foods to some extent.









i agree better safe than sorry






i totally agree, i'd never risk not putting any on. as added protection great but still wouldnt wanna risk my baby getting skin cancer!!!!!!

Melissa - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Kate:

Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).

If you must use sunscreen, try to wait until at least 6 months of age, and use Badger brand, which does not have all the chemicals in it. Even most "baby" sunscreens do have a lot of chemicals. Burt's Bees makes a good herbal insect repellant too.






I only found one article that suggested that some foods may decrease sunburn.  Organic tomato paste and olive oil lowered redness from UV exposure by 35%.  Still best to err on the side of caution though IMHO.  What you're suggesting is good as added protection, as most people do eat processed foods to some extent.





i agree better safe than sorry

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Quoting Kate:

Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).

If you must use sunscreen, try to wait until at least 6 months of age, and use Badger brand, which does not have all the chemicals in it. Even most "baby" sunscreens do have a lot of chemicals. Burt's Bees makes a good herbal insect repellant too.



I only found one article that suggested that some foods may decrease sunburn.  Organic tomato paste and olive oil lowered redness from UV exposure by 35%.  Still best to err on the side of caution though IMHO.  What you're suggesting is good as added protection, as most people do eat processed foods to some extent.

Sarah - posted on 07/09/2009

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As someone who is very pale i NEVER leave the house (when it's sunny obviously!) without applying sun screen to me and my kids. Sunburn is PAINFUL and we all know it can lead to skin cancer, so why take the risk??
You can easily get sun screen specially for kids.
I can't believe anyone wouldn't use it!
I think my daughter was about 6/7 months when we started (we live in the UK so not a lot of sun! haha!) :)

September - posted on 07/09/2009

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My son's pediatrician recommended not using sunscreen until 6 months of age. It also says so on the back of the sunscreen bottle.

Melissa - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Katie:

Most baby sunscreens suggest not using it on babies younger than 6 months. I mix a bit in with regular baby lotion and apply this before we go out and have had no problems. Melissa makes a good point to avoid the hands...


yeah i asked my doc about that and she said that they always put that on stuff just incase, the only worry beaing is that they are gonna eat it

Carrie - posted on 07/09/2009

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We didn't use sunscreen until our son was about 9 months old, when we went on vacation and were outside a lot. Until then, we tried to keep him out of direct sunlight for long periods of time, used the shades on the stroller during walks, and put a wide-brimmed hat on him. If you don't want to use sunscreen yet, just use common sense and don't expose your baby to direct sunlight for long periods of time - but you already knew that! We currently use "Neutrogena pure & free baby sunblock lotion."

Kelly - posted on 07/09/2009

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My son was about 5 or 6 months old before i used sunscreen on him...he was born in November so i didn't need it till then, i use the Aveeno baby sunscreen and it hasn't bothered him yet....and yes like melissa said avoid the hands cuz you don't want them suckin on there hand nad eating the sunscreen....i think my sons doctor said that it is ok to put on babies after 4 months....but i could be wrong since i didn't have to worry he was around 6 months before we needed it......

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Most baby sunscreens suggest not using it on babies younger than 6 months. I mix a bit in with regular baby lotion and apply this before we go out and have had no problems. Melissa makes a good point to avoid the hands...

Anna - posted on 07/09/2009

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My first was 6mths and my second was 4mths, but I just an all natural- Badger which was recommended in a previous post. They make wonderful stuff! I always put wide brimmed hats on the kids and keep them well hydrated while out in the sun. Good Luck!

Charlene - posted on 07/09/2009

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my son is 11 month we only put sunscrean at 10 month as we have never needed to use it untill now.

Abby - posted on 07/09/2009

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i would NEVER let my son out in the sun without it on, if he's in the shade it's different, so when he was under 6months i put him in a uv tent! i believe sun cream is very important!

Samantha - posted on 07/09/2009

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I am from AZ, and as a kid ( a July Baby) with sunscreen the benefits outweigh the risks. Being that I had 3 precancerous moles removed by the time I was 11. Babies have really sensitive skin, thin skin. If you are going to be out if the baby is under 6 months put on a floppy hat and a lightweight longsleeved white shirt, and keep 'em in the shade as much as possible. After 6 months still use every precaution available but sunscreen designed for babies should do the trick. Don't forget to apply to their scalp, since they still dont have much hair to protect it.

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2009

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i had all summer babies and the doctor told us not to use sunscreen or bug repellant until afterthey were 3 months old

Bonnie - posted on 07/09/2009

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The local Dr.'s are telling my daycare mom's not to apply on their children until they are 1 year old...., And when you do make sure you don't get it near thier eyes or mouth....

Bonnie - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Summer:

At what age did you start to use sunscreen on your baby?

Just curious to know when other moms started using sunscreen on their babies?


The local Dr.'s are telling my daycare mom's not to apply on their children until they are 1 year old...., And when you do make sure you don't get it near thier eyes or mouth....

Kate - posted on 07/09/2009

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Never. I've never used sunscreen on my baby and she is 17.5 months. We have been out in the sun for up to 3 hours at a time with no sunscreen, but no burns either. If they eat well (we do lots of water, mostly organic, no processed food, still breastfeeding, etc.) they will not burn. We are all super white but none of us burn anymore (used to on processed diets).

If you must use sunscreen, try to wait until at least 6 months of age, and use Badger brand, which does not have all the chemicals in it. Even most "baby" sunscreens do have a lot of chemicals. Burt's Bees makes a good herbal insect repellant too.

Yvonne - posted on 07/09/2009

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well i had a summer baby and we were havin very hot weather so after few weeks when i was out and about properly i applied it....i used and still use now the nivea factor 50 for her...its green colour when u spray it on but it doesnt make her look like a lil sticky ghost!!!

Therese - posted on 07/09/2009

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My first was born in February and we went camping in July, so she was 5 months when I first put sunscreen on her, and bug spray on her clothes.

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