taking baby in the pool

Keli - posted on 06/28/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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wondering, do i need to use baby sunblock, or can i use a regular high spf? 60, 70, etc.

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Nete - posted on 07/01/2010

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Question for September Wilson
hey I live in Florida, have toddler twins and I'm currently on a hunt for a safe sun lotion (I'm seriously going through at least a bottle a week, between the re app. after swimming and just being out) It concerns me .. but I can't keep them inside all day either... what are the harmful chemicals I should be looking out for?
Thx!!

Keli - posted on 06/29/2010

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thanks everyone! never thought of that stuff. i dont know why. but looks like ile be getting the baby sunblock :)

September - posted on 06/28/2010

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Baby would be best but I would still do some research to make sure there aren’t any of those nasty chemicals in it. The top brands that I've found to be safest are...California baby, Jason, UV Natural, Badger, True Kid, Tropical Sands, Soleo Organics to name a few. We just took our 19 month old to Florida and I did some research on sunscreens and bug sprays, I was very surprised that most of them have harmful chemicals in them. We choose the Jason brand and love it! Good luck!

Dominique - posted on 06/28/2010

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I use the water babies and it works great, my little girl is 8 months old and doesn't show any burning shes just really tan

Theresa - posted on 06/28/2010

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The baby sunblock is better for babies. It's tear free incase they get it in their eyes and has less bad stuff in it incase they get it in theor mouths. Also you aren't supposed to use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months. Their skin is too thin and they absorb too much of it.

Tracey - posted on 06/28/2010

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I would use a baby sunblock, first because they come tear free and if the baby gets some on their hand and then rubs their eye it won't hurt like it would if you used regular sun screen. That would burn his poor eyes horribly. Second, I would use a baby sun screen because most are made for more sensitive skin that a baby would have and use less fragrance... Depending on how old your baby is, you may not even be able to use sunscreen yet. I would be careful taking a small baby out in the direct sun at all!

In the end though, I would certainly ask your Peditrician if they could recommend a safe sunscreen for you to use!

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Baby is supposed to be safer for babies incase ingested, etc.. and is gentler on skin. However, I have noticed that regular says not for use on under 6 months, but nothing else...In my opinion there is a good reason for baby sunscreen but it could all be a marketing ploy...I do find it gentler though (I have somewhat sensitive skin!)

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