Warm summer days mean lots of baby strolls and baby park playdates. However, keep in mind these summer safety tips for protecting babies and toddlers in the sun. Babies should be protected from direct sun with shade devices for the car, carseat, and stroller, appropriate clothing and sunscreen and consistent hydration.
“The FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend keeping newborns and babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. The best sun protection for these infants is to stay in the shade. Look for natural shade, such as under a tree. Or create your own shade under a beach umbrella, a pop-up tent, or a stroller canopy.”
Check out these summer safety tips and most used summer baby products to keep baby safe from the hot summer sun and offer sun protection for babies.
Reach out to Your Baby Consultant for tips and advice from our staff of registered nurses in Annapolis and Charleston areas. We also offer virtual consultations or will travel to meet you where you are located.
1. Make some shade, use a sun shade on your stroller and carseat.
- Check out this universal sun shade for your stroller.
- Or a sun canopy extension for a stroller.
- A carseat canopy can double as a bug net.
- A clip on sun blocking umbrella can be helpful.
- This clip on fan for stroller or carseat also keeps baby cool and blows away bugs.
2. Block UV Rays from the sun with baby sunscreen
- For newborns and babies under 6 months, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that parents can apply a minimal amount of baby-safe sunscreen with an SPF of 30-50 to the face, back of the hands and tops of the feet. For babies 6 months or older, you can apply a baby-safe sunscreen with SPF 30–50 to all exposed areas of your little one’s body.
- Babylist.com has recommendations on Best Baby Sunscreens of 2022.
3. Sun Blocking Summer Fashion
- Use a baby sun hat that protects face, ears, and neck.
- Wear a UV Ray blocking sun shirt, rash guard or one piece swim outfit.
- Try a super cute girly long sleeve one piece swimsuits.
- Check out these baby sunglasses from mom and dad design team Babiators – baby sized sunglasses to protect baby eyes.
4. Sun safety on the beach or backyard
- A variety of play tent options provide shade and water splashing fun.
- Beach tents are perfect for nap time and can fit the whole family.
- This baby play yard with a dome cover is cool.
5. Summer safety in the car
- Do not leave baby in a car unattended EVER and especially in the summer when vehicle temperatures could sky rocket and cause death in babies and children. This invention Clever Elly plugs into your car and reminds you to check for children in the backseat when you turn off your car and open the door.
- Check out these sun shades for car windows.
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