There’s no reason that you shouldn’t be going everywhere with sunblock. Sun damage is not only a problem for those of us in the older than 20 range. It is something you can protect your children from making sure they are always protected.
First, if you have any sunblock in your home that is open and older than a year, you should toss them. Any sunscreen beyond that point, loses it’s maximum potential for protection. Here are some suggestions to replace those old bottles and sprays to replenish your supply for this summer’s outdoor activities.
It’s always a good idea to have sunblock in each of the bags you use most often because you never know where you’ll end up, especially when you have kids. There are a variety of sunscreen products that can meet those varying scenarios. For example, when you find yourself unexpectedly at the park, pull out the California Baby Sunblock Stick SPF 30. It’s small, it’s unscented and it is easy to put on the kids before they run off to play. For me I keep the Neutrogena Oil Free Sunblock Stick SPF 30 in my make up bag in my purse due to it’s compact size.
Keep this sunblock stick in your diaper bag for baby – the Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock SPF +60 is fantastic.
If your toddlers and older kids are squirmy like mine then head straight to the sprays. I know there are a lot of options, here are a few I like to use.
Once your baby is old enough to actually put sunblock on, you want to stay on the gentle side. A good one up to age 4 is Banana Boat UltraMist Baby Tear Free Spray Lotion SPF 50.
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection SPF 55. I loved the way it went on, and I am a big Aveeno products fan. They keep the ingredients natural. For a baby’s skin you don’t need all of the superfluous chemicals. This happens to also be waterproof, which makes it a good all around choice for babies.
If you’re looking for waterproof coverage get a sunblock that is labeled waterproof or sport. A good spray version is the Coppertone Kids Continuous Spray SPF 50.
If you’re looking for a waterproof cream sunblock try Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30.
My last suggestion is a sunblock I loved to keep in the diaper bag, and that’s the Desert Essence SPF 30 Sunscreen Towelettes. When my youngest was in the stroller and the sun would suddenly hit her I would take a towelette from the dispenser and apply sunblock instantly. It’s a super quick way to make sure your baby is protected.
Do you have a go-to sunblock? What is it and why is it your favorite option?
**Before applying or using any sunscreen, be certain you check the ingredient list and you are aware of what your children are sensitive to. If you notice a negative reaction, stop using that sunscreen immediately.
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