Beautiful baby girl wearing a white sun hat in the park | Summer Fun | Sun Safety - Clair de Lune UK

As the summer sun shines brightly, it's crucial to prioritise your baby's sun safety. Babies have delicate skin that is highly susceptible to sunburn and long-term damage from harmful UV rays. In this blog post, we will provide you with essential sun safety tips to keep your little one protected during outdoor activities. From appropriate clothing choices to sun cream application and the importance of hydration, we have got you covered.

  1. Dress Your Baby in Sun-Smart Clothing: When heading out into the sun, dress your baby in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Opt for long sleeves, long pants, and wide-brimmed hats that shield their face, ears, and neck from direct sunlight. Look for garments with a high ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating, which indicates their ability to block UV rays.

  2. Apply Suncream Correctly: Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen specifically formulated for babies with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50. Before going outside, generously apply the suncream to your baby's exposed skin, including the face, ears, back of the neck, and tops of the feet. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if your baby has been sweating or in water.

  3. Seek Out Shade: During peak sun hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., it's best to keep your baby in the shade as much as possible. Seek out shaded areas, such as under trees, umbrellas, or canopies, to minimize direct exposure to the sun's rays. If shade is not readily available, consider using a sunshade or canopy attachment for your stroller or pram.

  4. Protect Your Baby's Eyes: Just like adults, babies' eyes are sensitive to the sun's rays. Invest in a pair of sunglasses specifically designed for babies with 100% UV protection. Ensure that the sunglasses fit properly and are comfortable for your little one to wear. This helps safeguard their delicate eyes from harmful UV rays.

  5. Hydration is Key: Keeping your baby hydrated is vital, especially during hot and sunny days. Offer them fluids regularly, even if they are not showing signs of thirst. If your baby is exclusively breastfed, continue to nurse on demand. For formula-fed babies, consult your GP or health visitor regarding the appropriate amount of water to supplement their feedings, if necessary.

By following these essential sun safety tips, you can ensure that your baby stays protected from the harmful effects of the sun's rays. Remember to dress them in sun-smart clothing, apply sunscreen correctly and regularly, seek shade whenever possible, and prioritise hydration. With these precautions in place, you can enjoy the beautiful summer weather while keeping your little one safe. Make sun safety a priority and cherish precious moments outdoors with your baby!

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