As we’ve mentioned babies’ skin is a delicate thing – much thinner and more prone to damage than our own. That means protecting it from the sun is very important – and not just on those occasional hot summer days!
In fact, babies under 6 months need to be kept out of direct sunlight whenever possible, especially between March and October and in the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. If you can’t avoid the sun for some reason, you can apply a chemical-free sunscreen that uses the minerals zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier between the sun’s rays and your baby’s skin. ;Further advice
For babies older than 6 months, a gentle sun cream with broad-spectrum SPF protection of factor 15 or above will help, too – apply it to any bits that are exposed, even on cloudy or overcast days, and reapply every couple of hours or after taking your baby in the water.