Baby at the beach

Baby at the beach

May is here... summer is around the corner, the days are getting longer and we finally we can start feel a little warmth from the sun. Being out with kids is hectic, messy, but guaranteed to bring out the smiles. Whilst we are out and about, it's important to make sure we keep their tiny bodies safe in the sunshine.

Here’s what you need to know about sun safety. 

Keep your baby in the shade. 

Shade is the best way to shield your baby from the sun, especially if he or she is younger than six months old. Remember, the sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm. If you can’t find shade, create your own using an umbrella, canopy, or the hood of a stroller.

Dress your baby in sun-protective clothing.                                  

Ideally, a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and pants. Also, make sure your baby always wears a wide-brimmed hat to protect its face, neck and ears, and wraparound sunglasses with UV protection.

Do not forget the sun cream.

Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your baby's skin. Make sure the product also protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Many brands produce sunscreen specifically for babies and young children, as these products are less likely to contain additives that might irritate the skin. Apply the sun cream regularly, particularly if your child is in and out of the sea or paddling pool. Always use waterproof sunscreen when children are swimming or playing outdoors with water.

Stay safe on hot days. 

In addition to sun protection, stay safe on hot days by making sure your baby does not get overheated and drinks plenty of fluids. 

Keep cool.

Playing in a paddling pool is a good way of keeping babies and children cool. Keep the pool in the shade during very hot weather and always supervise the children carefully. Run them a cool bath before bedtime.

Act as good role models

and make adults set a good example when out in the sun.