The weather is finally getting nice, and we know you’ll be wanting to get out in the sun with your baby! But there are some important things to remember about being out in the sun with your little one, so this week we’re breaking down what you need to remember.
Babies 6 months or younger should be kept out of direct sunlight! This is because their skin does not contain enough melanin yet to protect against sun rays, therefore they can burn very easily. They can enjoy the weather, but make sure they are well shaded, and always keep an eye on them for signs they could be too warm.
Even if your baby is older than six months, they should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible. 11am and 3pm is a particular time to be aware in Spring and Summer, when the sun is at its strongest. This is the time of day when UV light is strongest and their most likely to burn.
One of the best ways to protect your baby when out and about is to attach a parasol or sunshade to your baby's pushchair. This will keep them out of direct sunlight while you are both out, and help to prevent the pram or pushchair from becoming too hot.
Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to your infants skin. Make sure the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays. An easy way to buy appropriate sunscreen is to look for one specifically created for babies and children, and these can normally be easily found. Make sure to regularly reapply sunscreen, especially if your little one has been around water!
A final tip is to make sure that your child wears a hat, ideally with protection at the back such as a flap to protect their head and neck from the sun.
We hope you both have a great (and safe) time out and about!