Why no sunscreen til 6 months old?

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Registered: 07-02-2005
Why no sunscreen til 6 months old?
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Fri, 04-24-2009 - 9:08am

Jake is 5 1/4 months old and we're finally getting some good weather here on the east coast.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 04-24-2009 - 11:38am
...and that the sun is not good for young babies either. Best to keep Jake in the shade.


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Registered: 04-06-2007
Fri, 04-24-2009 - 1:19pm
My PED gave us permission to use some sunscreen on Sara last summer when we were at the beach (she was 4 months old) - we stayed in most days anyway and only went out before or after the height of the sun (12-3) but I insisted she has some extra protection on her face etc for incidental sun exposure especially since I am so darned pale and it seems Sara has my skin tone. He recommended Blue Lizard - but said to be very sure NOT to put it on her hands and to keep her hands away from any places I had put it until it was dry (about 15mins). It worked out just great - if you think you can keep him in the shade or in loose fitting long sleeved clothing I would do that first and call the Ped for a rec second.
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Registered: 12-26-2006
Fri, 04-24-2009 - 3:42pm

My ped okayed it early too, but I was super cautious as to the brand.

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Registered: 01-12-2004
Fri, 04-24-2009 - 10:01pm

Since we live in FL we are exposed to the sun all year around, and my ped said it was better to protect with sunscreen than no protection at all. It is impossible to totally keep out of the sun until they are 6 months.
I use Aveeno Baby sunscreen, it has a SPF of 55, and has worked great for both Sofia who has the darker skin tone like her dad and Emma who is a "whitey" like me.




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Registered: 11-02-2006
Sat, 04-25-2009 - 2:26pm
Neutrogena has a new sunscreen for babies that doesn't contain chemical sunscreen agents. It has zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are mineral sunblocks that aren't absorbed into the skin. I just bought the lotion for my two kids yesterday. There is also a stick version for applying to faces, but my Target was sold out of those.

 

Lilypie

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Registered: 07-02-2005
Sat, 04-25-2009 - 4:40pm

Kellie - I picked those up the other day too - but the cosmetics database doesn't have them rated yet so I'm hesitant to use them.

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