How to Protect Your Baby From the Sun

How to Protect Your Baby From the Sun

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Summer or winter, we all struggle to protect our skin from harmful sun rays. UV rays can cause serious damage to adult skin and eyes. Can you imagine what it does to a baby’s skin?

In this little guide, we’ll show you how to protect your baby from the sun in various situations. No worries, you don’t have to stay inside all the time!

**Keep in mind that babies less than six months shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight. It’s also not advisable to use sunscreen on their skin at this age. 

How to Protect Your Baby From the Sun When Pregnant

pregnant woman in sun

In the first trimester, expectant mothers should avoid direct exposure to sunlight as much as possible. 

Not only does it exposes them to the risk of sunburn and heat rash, but direct exposure to the sun in pregnant women can cause overheating. It’s also proven to decrease the levels of folic acid, which the baby relies on for growth. 

To protect yourself and your baby against the sun while you’re pregnant, avoid direct exposure to sunlight and make sure to apply a thick layer of sunscreen whenever you’re out. Ideally, you should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. 

How to Protect Your Baby From the Sun in the House 

A common misconception is that we’re safe from sun rays when we’re staying inside. This is not true, especially when it comes to the delicate skin of babies. 

In general, try to keep your baby away from areas exposed to direct sunlight during the day. We wouldn’t go as far as recommending applying sunscreen religiously indoors. However, if your baby gets too much sun exposure inside your house, we’d recommend using proper sunscreen for protection. 

How to Protect Your Baby From Sun in a Pram

Protecting babies from the sun inside their prams is tricky. Many parents try to cover prams with a thin cloth to shield their babies, but in fact, they’re doing more harm than good.

Covering your baby’s pram with anything -even thin cloth- traps heat inside the pram, which will not only annoy your little one, but it’ll also disrupt proper air circulation.

To guard your baby against the sun in a pram, make sure you use the attached canopy. Don’t forget to apply a suitable sunscreen (15 SPF minimum) to your baby’s skin before you go out. If possible, you can have a little cool water mist and spray it on their body every now and then. 

How to Protect Your Baby From Sun in a Car

Glass blocks UVB rays well. However, it doesn’t do much when it comes to the more dangerous UVA rays that cause skin tanning and eye damage. 

There are plenty of options here to protect your baby from the sun inside your car. For starters, we recommend you place the car seat in the middle of the back seat to distance your baby from the windows. 

Another layer of protection would be the car seat’s canopy. Almost all car seats come with canopies now, so you shouldn’t be paying extra for this. 

You can also use a backseat car shade that attaches to your rear car window to shield you and your baby from sun rays. If it hinders your visibility, you can use it for side rear windows. 

How to Protect Your Baby From the Sun in a Carrier

Holding your baby in a carrier in hot weather shouldn’t be a problem as long as you’re following safety precautions. Opt for minimal clothing for both you and the baby. Yet, make sure the baby’s skin is covered. Thin, breathable fabrics are a perfect option here.

Since there’s no canopy option, in this case, cover your baby’s head with a summer hat, preferably one with a wide brim to ensure that it covers the head, face, and neck. 

Read our guide on protecting baby from sun in a carrier.

Keep your baby hydrated to avoid dehydration. Sunscreen is a must. Finally, you can use the water mist trick to cool them down from time to time. 

How to Protect Your Baby From Sun in the Garden

baby in garden

The best option to provide your baby with shade in a garden is to create a shaded place for them. If you can find a tree, it’d be great. If you can’t, you can go for a parasol or an umbrella. Try to look for ones with UV protection for optimal efficiency. 

Using sun tents might be a nice option too if it’s available. Remember to use a good sunscreen and reapply it every two hours. Keeping your baby hydrated is key here. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, make sure not to mess up your feeding schedule because you’re out in the garden. 

How to Protect Baby From Sun in the Park

Since you’re probably going to spend a long time in the park with your baby, you might think of preparing a safe environment to protect them from the sun. A sun tent is the smartest option to do so. 

Sun tents are small, portable tents for babies and kids with a UPF, Ultraviolet Protection Factor, that provides shade and cool for your little ones. 

If you want to go light, you can use an umbrella to block sun rays, especially between 10 am and 4 pm, even on cloudy days. Again, your baby’s skin should be mostly covered in lightweight fabric, and a thick cast of sunscreen is a must. 

How Dangerous Is the Sun to Babies?

The sun emits two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. Both are harmful to babies and adults. While UVB is responsible for sunburns, UVA penetrates deeper into the skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer. 

Prolonged exposure to the sun without protection causes melanoma even at young ages (15 to 29). Babies’ skin, especially younger than six months, produces less melanin which protects against sun damage. Thus, they’re more prone to UV rays penetrating their delicate skin and causing damage.

Conclusion

There’s no harm in strolling with your baby outside now and then. Yet, you have to take all necessary precautions to protect them against the sun and keep them cool.

Remember, always apply sunscreen!