With a thinner skin and a developing natural protection system, a baby’s skin needs special protection from the sun and irritating chemicals. I’m not a pediatrician, but I do try to be sun safe, especially with Vienna’s brand new baby skin. Most of the time, she stays in the shade, but ever since Vienna turned 6 months old (it’s not recommended to use sunscreen before then), we’ve been using the Mustela SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen all over her body before we head outside to the pool or beach, the Mustela SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick for her face since it’s easier for me to apply, and the Mustela After-Syn Hydrating Spray as her lotion post-bath, which smells so, so good.
I’ve been using Mustela products since my pregnancy, so it was only natural for me to entrust my baby’s suncare needs to them as well. Their sunscreen is water- and sweat-resistant as well as paraben-, phthalate-, phenoxyethanol-, fragrance- and PABA-free. The hypoallergenic, fragrance-free formula (both lotion and stick form) is suitable for most skin types and is designed to protect sensitive skin from harsh UVA and UVB rays. It’s also formulated with naturally derived sunscreen-filters titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which is important to me for my baby’s skin.
V is a true water baby. She loves baths as well as the pool. That being said, I try to take her to the pool or beach in the afternoon so that the sun isn’t the strongest. We put sunscreen on before we leave the house and reapply on location (usually a couple times, depending on how long we’re out and what we’re doing). After our pool or beach dates, I give her a bath and apply the after-sun lotion.
Mustela has kindly offered Bond Girl Glam readers $5 off any purchase on their website with code BONDGIRLGLAM5 (good from 7/23-8/24).
Have you seen my Shop sections above? I regularly update my Women’s, Men’s, Baby, Maternity, & Home sections with items I either currently use or would love to try and think my Bond Girls would enjoy as well!
Side note — aren’t these pictures of Vienna the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?! She is seriously the cutest right when she wakes up. I could just eat her up. #gushing
V’s precious ballerina bathing suit (on major sale right now)
What Baby Needs:
- Bathing Suit (and coverup)
- Swim Diapers (or this awesome reusable one)
According to the FDA, here are some things to keep in mind this summer when outside with infants:
- Keep your baby in the shade as much as possible.
- Consult your pediatrician before using any sunscreen on your baby. If you do use a small amount of sunscreen on your baby, don’t assume the child is well protected.
- Make sure your child wears clothing that covers and protects sensitive skin. Use common sense; if you hold the fabric against your hand and it’s so sheer that you can see through it, it probably doesn’t offer enough protection.
- Make sure your baby wears a hat that provides sufficient shade at all times.
- Watch your baby carefully to make sure he or she doesn’t show warning signs of sunburn or dehydration. These include fussiness, redness and excessive crying.
- Hydrate! Give your baby formula or breast milk if you’re out in the sun for more than a few minutes. Don’t forget to use a cooler to store the liquids.
- Take note of how much your baby is urinating. If it’s less than usual, it may be a sign of dehydration, and that more fluids are needed until the flow is back to normal.
- Avoid combination sunscreens containing insect repellants like DEET. Young children may lick their hands or put them in their mouths. According to the AAP, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old.
- If you do notice your baby is becoming sunburned, get out of the sun right away and apply cold compresses to the affected areas.
Speaking of keeping baby hydrated in the summer heat, I finally found some bottles/cups that V actually drinks from without any issues. They are very affordable and truly a lifesaver. We’ve tried so many different bottles and sippy cups by now, it’s kind of ridiculous. If you’ve had issues with using bottles while breastfeeding exclusively and your baby is now older, try these!
Also, I recently found a chic and affordable beach umbrella here. I purchased the black one, which is unfortunately sold out now, but the yellow one is still available.