away those sweaters and jackets away and dug out that favorite comfy
t-shirt for you and some cute little outfits for baby. Now it’s
time to go outside and have a fun family day! First and foremost, we
must remember to protect your skin and your baby’s from harmful UVA
and UVB rays. Your baby’s skin is especially vulnerable to the UV
rays so we need to take the necessary steps to protect their skin
while they have fun and play. Many studies have shown that too many
kids are not wearing the necessary amount of sunscreen or not wearing
the correct protective clothing. This is serious, a bad sunburn in
childhood or adolescence can double your child’s risk of getting
skin cancer later in life.
- Is it safe to bring my newborn
outside with the family?
- No, it is important to keep babies
younger than 6 months out of the sun. If outside, keep them
completely covered and in the shade. Although it sounds logical, do
not put sunscreen on an infant.
- Okay, but why? New baby
skin is thinner and especially sensitive. UV rays can do very
serious damage on a baby’s skin. Although we all preach sunscreen,
a new baby’s skin is too sensitive for this type of product. Keep
baby in the shade, completely covered from sun, under an umbrella
always, or indoors.
- What kinds of sunglasses are
best for my baby?
- Protect your eyes from the sun’s
rays with sun glasses and baby sunglasses. Ensure that these
sunglasses absorb 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays with 400 UV
protection. 400 UV protection means that the lenses block damaging
UV rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.
- Okay, but why? Prolonged
Exposure to the sun without protection can cause cataracts, macular
degeneration along with many other eye problems; including sunburn
on the surface of your eye and skin cancer around the eyes
- Do the sunshades on my baby’s
stroller offer well enough protection?
- Yes and no. Be sure to make good
use of the sunshade on your baby’s stroller whenever you are
outside but consider purchasing a pop-up stroller canopy that has
built-in UV protection and fits right over your stroller’s
sunshade to shelter your baby’s whole body.
- Okay, but why? Again,
their skin is very delicate and more prone to sun damage. This
attachable canopy below is UV protected and covers your baby’s
entire body at less than $20! Easily found on Amazon or at your
local baby store.
- Does my baby need certain
clothing other than a swimsuit?
- Yes. Dress your baby in protective
clothing always when in the sun. Cover your baby’s body, arms and
legs in lightweight and light-colored clothing. Also, make sure they
are wearing a hat at all times. Find one that is wide enough to
shade the face, with a brim to protect the ears and a flap in the
back to protect your baby’s neck.
- Okay, but why? Your baby’s
skin is too vulnerable in the sun so lightweight and light-colored
clothing will reflect heat and keep skin cooler than dark colors,
which are known to absorb heat. Fabrics with a tighter weave protect
skin better than loosely woven fabrics. If you hold the fabric up to
the light, the less light you see the tighter the weave.Bio: Hello, My name is Jen and I am a
twenty-something blogger who loves to write about all things women,
health, DIY, crafts, my cats and food! I have my own personal blog
(LittleFurry Musings) and I also write for a medical and cosmetic
practice in Kansas City where I get most of my health knowledge from
the greatest surgeons. I have two little kittens (they aren’t
actually kittens I just call them that because they are adorable)
named Brio and Zelda. I spend my days riding my bike, experiencing
new things, hanging out with my boyfriend and cats while blogging
about all about it.