How to protect baby from the sun

Simple steps to keep baby out of harm’s rays.

Cover with clothing
Opt for loose-fitting long sleeves and pants in lightweight, breathable fabrics to prevent overheating. Top off the outfit with a brimmed hat.

Stay in the shade
Plop your little one under an umbrella or shady tree to both stay cool and limit exposure.

Use sunscreen sparingly
When shade and protective clothing aren’t an option, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests applying a small amount sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) to exposed areas. Generally, though, sunscreen is best avoided before 6 months.

Good to know: To keep baby hydrated, nurse or offer a bottle frequently. Babies 6 months and younger should not be given water.


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