Did you know you’re not supposed to put sunscreen on babies under six months old? Pediatricians with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warn that infants are at greater risk for exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens. The side effects from those chemicals can be more damaging to their little bodies.
Does that mean you can’t take your newborn to the beach or park? Of course not. While staying in the shade is always best for babies, here’s a rundown of sun-protective gear that will have your infant made in the shade, even under the sunniest circumstances.
Tip: Always look for a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of at least 50, which blocks 98 percent of the sun’s rays.
1. Coolibar UPF 50+ Baby Beanie and Blanket
Whether you’re looking to cover up your baby in the stroller or just snuggle at the park, play it cool with the smart sun gear at Coolibar, the first clothing company to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval. This super soft UPF 50+ baby blanket and matching beanie comes in a variety of colors and prints.
2. SunBusters Girls Flap Hat
Hat’s off to warm weather and sunny skies. Just make sure your baby has a hat that covers her sweet cheeks… and ears and neck. San Diego-based SunBusters has an adorable selection of colorful caps made of swimsuit fabric that can be worn in the water.
3. SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy
You want your baby getting used to the water, but not getting burned. Here’s a shady solution: SwimWays’ infant float has a UPF 50+ canopy and soft seat with adjustable three-point harness to keep baby secure. It’s recommended for babies three to nine months old.
4. Hatley Baby Boys Mini One Piece Rash Guard
Surf’s up, baby! Most romper-style rash guards only have a zipper. That means you have to take the entire thing off to change a diaper. That’s no way to spend a day at the beach! The Hatley Baby Boys Mini One Piece Rash Guard is a UPF 50+ swimsuit with a zipper in the back AND a snap closure at the bottom. Getting baby changed is a cinch!
5. Sunday Afternoons Infant Sunsprout Hat
Consider it your patriotic duty to make sure your kids are sun-safe at the park, pool or neighborhood barbecue over 4th of July weekend. No matter how you celebrate, the Sunday Afternoons Infant Sunsprout Hat has you covered. The strap means babies can’t pull it off, and UPF 50 (plus a longer brim in back) means their neck’s protected from ultraviolet rays. Hats off to that!
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6. Tuga Shoreline Rash Guard & Swim Diaper
Purple reigns in this adorable two-piece rash guard with matching reusable swim diaper. The Tuga Shoreline Rash Guard & Swim Diaper has you ready for a fun day at the beach and the long sleeves means little arms won’t get burned. Aloha, baby!
7. Baby Solo UV 400 Sunglasses
Sunglasses on babies are not only adorable, they’re necessary to protect their developing eyes from harmful UV rays. Over time, damage to unprotected eyes can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration. Don’t panic just yet, there is a solution… baby sunglasses. We love the Baby Solo UV 400 Sunglasses.
Related: Best Baby and Toddler Sunglasses
8. Sun Smarties UPF 50+ Non-Skid Sand and Water Socks
Keep baby safe from the sun and burning sand with these fun and functional slipper socks available in nine colors. Made of a quick-drying, UPF 50 fabric, Sun Smarties UPF 50+ Non-Skid Sand and Water Socks perfect for protecting cute little feet.
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