Summer Safety Tips For Baby

by - June 04, 2017

Many of us only get a few months of summer all year. We brave the frozen chills of winter for this mealy string of moments. While we can, we soak up the warmth and become bronzed by the golden rays of the sun. Along with warmer weather come cook outs, pool parties, weekends on the lake or by the beach, camping, hiking, outdoor events and special occasions. As moms the first thing that pops into our heads when the weather starts changing is, "How do I keep my baby safe during the summer?" That's exactly what I thought about. It gets very hot where I am. Often times with very little cloud cover. So below are some tips, hacks and facts for summer safety with baby.

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Sunscreen vs. Sunblock 
Sunscreens use chemicals to absorb UV rays so they don't penetrate the skin, while Sunblocks use minerals, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to physically deflect rays from the skin. Here are some great, highly rated, and safe options for baby under $20:

Aveeno Baby

I love Aveeno's baby products. They are so soft and gentle on Milo's sensitive skin and soothe his eczema. This does not contain any dyes, parabens, phthalates, or fragrance and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. 














Babyganics 
No PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles. Never tested on animals and mineral based. I have used a number of babyganics products, but not yet the sunscreen. However, if you are looking for an organic, cruelty free option it is highly rated by consumers. 














Honest Company 
We all know the love I have for the Honest Company and the sun screen is no different. What I like most is that there is no typical sunscreen smell. I keep the SPF 30 Spray in my diaper bag for out and about touch ups. 














Think Baby 
This baby sunscreen is PABA free with UVA and UVB protection. Melon scented and fast absorbing. 














Stay Shaded
Having a place for diaper changes, naps, cool downs and time outs from the sun's bright shiny rays is really important when soaking in the warmth of summer with baby. It's recommended to only expose baby to the sun/heat for 30 minutes at a time, then take a 30 minute break. Sun canopies are great places to shield baby and even you from bright summer days. Here are a few options under $50: 

Babymoov Anti UV Tent
Protects baby from 99% of UVA & UVB rays. Easy pop up design and zip closure bug net.
 

Sunbayouth Pop Up Baby Beach Tent
UV Protective, Waterproof & Windproof.












Coleman Beach Shade Canopy
A trusted brand. Comes with manufacturer 1 year warranty.












Easy Tip:
If you already have a Pack n Play use a crib sheet to cover the top to shade baby during outdoor events & occasions. (see Milo pictured below)


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Car Window Shade
The car can heat up to 3x's the outside temperature during the long summer days. Did you know you can even get a sunburn through the car window? It's true, you can. That's why window shades are so important when hauling around your most precious cargo. These are some great options under $10:

Munchkin White Hot 2pk Static Cling Shade
Comes in a set of two and has a white hot indicator to warn you when your automobile is too hot for baby. 












Munchkin Safekit Sun Shade, Black, 2 Ct
This is the shade I have in my SUV. I would have gone with the window cling, but my local department store didn't have them in stock at the time the desert heat hit my little western town. These also have the white hot button which is super helpful. The retractable feature makes the shade easy to adjust to any car window. 












SafeFit - Adjust-to-Fit Sun Shade
This is the cheapest out of all the options listed and very highly rated. I think the stretch fit technology is actually pretty fun and convenient for varying window sizes and shapes. 

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Best Practices For Beating The Heat 

Avoid High Sun HoursThe sun is highest and the temperature is hottest mid day.  Take walks and plan outdoor activities with baby before 10 am and after 4 pm when the temps are cooler and the sun is lower. 

Apply Apply Apply. Too much sunscreen never hurt anyone. Especially, if you use the natural brands listed above. Every time kids get out of the water, or for best practice every hour, reapply sunblock. Better safe than sorry. 

Stay Hydrated. Babies can't control the demands of their body quite yet, so it's your job as a parent/caregiver to make sure they stay hydrated. Dehydration is extremely dangerous in infants and babies and can cause numerous health complications.

Signs of Heat RashHeat rash, also known summer rash, are little patches of bumps, and sometimes tiny blisters, on the skin that can show up when your baby overheats. The bumps may appear red, even more so on light skin. Children of all ages can get heat rash, but it's most common in babies. It will most commonly show up in the folds of babies skin and where his/her clothing fits tight.


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38 comments

  1. I had my son at bday party this week and I was lathering him up in sunblock like every 20 mins. Probably overkill, but I wasn't getting yelled at when I got home :)

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    1. hahah i love when dads comment on my posts. They have such a different point of view. I use lotion and touch up with the spray as needed. good thinking on your part. better safe than sorry

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  2. Living in Texas we get HOT in the summer time. Love all your beat the heat suggestions!

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    1. I have a friend in Austin and she has twins. She is always saying how hot it is. I'm in Northern Nevada and it gets so so hot here too. Staying safe in the summer sun especially for baby is so important. I'm glad you enjoyed it

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  3. I love the Aveeno products! They are fantastic. The tents are a great idea too for a day out.

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    1. After trying a ton of baby products aveeno is the only thing that soothes my sons sensitive skin. They are great. I even use them for myself sometimes too. :)

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  4. What great info thank you for this I was just talking about getting sunscreen for our toddler

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    1. You're very welcome! Those are some great options to keep in mind

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  5. I love all of the options they have available now to keep babies safe in the sun. My daughter has very fair skin, so I am constantly worried about it! Now that she is a toddler, she is so used to it, that she brings it to me before we go outside!

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    1. That's smart and good that she is aware of sun safety. My son is also fair and I hope he doesn't fight the sunscreen like i did when he gets older

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  6. With summer right around the corner, this is great. I love the ThinkBaby lotion. It was nice and gentle on my sons skin. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. you are very welcome. I'm glad you have used it and liked it!

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  7. I never realized there was a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. I thought they were interchangeable. However, we do use babyganics and love it!

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    1. Huge difference when it comes to chemicals vs minerals and the way they function. Not many people are aware of that and that is why I write these posts. Babyganics is a great company. We use their products too.

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  8. I love using Aveno too. We used the play pen for shelter when our little one would sit in it too. Great tips and products!

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    1. Thank you and Aveeno is probably my favorite. Their products are so great

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  9. Very interesting! We always used Aveno Baby when the kids were little too. Great idea with the sheet over the playpen - I wish my kiddos had used that more when they were younger!

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    1. Thanks. We travel alot and my company Pampered Momma Box is attenting a lot of events this summer so we will be getting our use out of it. I have a friend who got two pack n plays at her baby shower and never got to use either one. lol

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  10. Great tips. NZ doesn't get that hot (at least where we're) but we travel overseas to visit family and it gets hot so these will come in handy.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Sunblock is actually one of the top items forgotten when traveling.

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  11. I use Aveeno for my kids. India is very hot right now and it's sunny for 13-14 hours in a day with high temperature. These tips will surely come handy. Thanks.

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    1. Aveeno is so great. I haven't found a product I didn't like. I have always wanted to go to India, ever since I was a kid. Yummy food, colorful culture, architecture... I cant wait to travel with my son. Maybe in the winter though. I'm not the biggest fan of heat and humidity lol

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  12. I never knew there was a difference between sunscreen and sunblock, thanks for sharing! I still need to get car shades for the car...

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    1. you are welcome. I'm glad I could help

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  13. The crib sheet on top of the pack and play is genious!

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  14. I'm usually scared to try many honest company products, but aveeno is great!

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    1. How come? Both companies products are great. Love and use them both

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  15. Love the tips! We use Aveeno for our kids for sun protection. We have a beach club membership and I use the crib sheet over the pack and play trick.

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  16. Your baby is adorable!!!! My hubby also uses a baby pop up tent to hide from the sun :)

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    1. Thank You! I like to think so. They are genius and hopefully I will be ordering one myself soon enough.

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  17. I love using Aveno too. We used the play pen for shelter when our little one would sit in it too. Great tips and products!

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