Summer Skin Care for Babies
If you’re a parent, summer can be a trying time — keeping up with little ones full-time in the hot sun and dealing with frayed tempers due to heat exhaustion and humidity can make anyone frazzled. If you’re a new parent, chances are you’ve heard a lot of different advice on how to deal with babies in the summer, and the best ways to protect their delicate skin from damaging sun exposure.
There’s no need to stay housebound completely — with these quick tips, you’ll have the confidence you need to make informed decisions about your child’s skin protection, without having to shell out hundreds of dollars for costly products and unnecessary tools. Here are some of the best tips and tricks we’ve found for protecting your baby’s skin in the summer.
1. Keep babies under 6 months old out of direct sunlight
Babies skin is so sensitive that it’s generally recommended that direct sun exposure be avoided for infants that are less than six months old. Before six months old, newborn skin is still developing its protective barrier, which leaves them more vulnerable to microbial infections, chemical damage, and skin disease. This is especially important for babies that are born premature.
If you do need to take your baby out, covering their carrier with a very light receiving blanket will help keep out harmful UV rays. During the hot summer months, it’s best to limit baby’s exposure to sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most intense; if you need to run errands or want to get out of the house, try to ensure that you’re out and back either before 10 a.m., or after 4 p.m.
2. Cover exposed skin as much as possible
When you take your infant out in the summer, their delicate, developing skin is extremely vulnerable to sun damage. One of the best ways to ensure that they avoid a burn is to cover up their skin as much as possible without their body temperature rising to unmanageable levels.
Use long shirts and pants, as well as sunbonnets or sunhats to keep the sun away from their skin and scalp. You can even purchase sun protective shirts, onesies, and swimwear, which are certified up to UPF 50+, and are made without chemicals. The onesies and shirts are made of microfiber knit, so they dry quickly, and look just like normal clothing.