Baby and Toddler

Sun safety for kids – your summer guide

Whether you are jetting off to the sun or just enjoying a day out in the sunshine, it’s important to remember sun safety for kids. Children, particularly babies, have sensitive skin that can burn easily and quickly. With this in mind, we’ve put together our top tips for keeping your child sun-safe. 

No sun for newborns 

From newborn to 6 months, your little bundle has the softest, most sensitive skin, which means treating with care. For the first six months, your baby should be kept out of the sun at all times. Take a sun parasol when out walking with the buggy and when travelling by car, invest in mesh screens for the car windows to keep your baby shaded.  

Slap on the sun cream 

From 6 months onwards, covering up is the name of the game. We’re talking hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, UV swimsuits, and sun cream. Lots of sun cream. Choose factor 50+ for your little ones sensitive skin and re-apply every two hours, especially if they have been in the water.  Always patch-test sun cream before using fully, in case of allergies.  

Avoid midday sun 

Midday, and the hours close to it, is when the sun is at its strongest and most likely to burn. Avoid taking your little one out for walks between 11 and 2pm if you can. If you do have to go out, make sure your baby or toddler is shaded, sun-safe and cool.  

Stay cool 

Babies and young children get dehydrated quickly, so keep a supply of water handy and give regular sips. You could also offer your child our ClevaFeed Baby Food Fruit Feeder filled with some chilled or frozen fruit to keep them cool and hydrated. Great for soothing sore gums when teething!

Throw some shade

If baby is napping in the buggy, do NOT cover the opening of the buggy with a blanket. This can cause overheating. Ensure the buggy is in the shade and turned away from the sun.  You can also use a clip-on sunshade or parasol for on-the-go protection.

Sun safety for all 

While we might not have to worry about too much sun in our home climate, bear in mind that the sun is stronger than we think. So remember to practice sun safety for kids, and parents too. Get in the habit of taking water, sun cream and a hat on sunny days. Better to be safe than sorry! 

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