With the sun ablaze and the nearing end of school, it’s time to start thinking smart about summer — for both you and your children! Here are a few tips to ensure a fun and safe summer in the sun!
- It takes 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to kick into full gear. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before your child goes outside instead of when they are heading out the door.
- It’s easy to forget to put on sunscreen, especially when kids are excited to jump in the pool or run in the yard. Make sunscreen application part of your child’s daily routine when they are getting dressed so you don’t forget.
Be generous in applying sunscreen and don’t forget those unexpected places! We’re talking ears, necks, and toes!
- Create a game of applying sunscreen. Make up a silly song about sunscreen and have your child wiggle their toes and shake their arms before sunscreen application. It will be like your very own sunscreen hokey pokey!
- Don’t be afraid to try different sunscreens. Some kids prefer the spray sunscreen, others like the lotion or gel. See what works best for your little one.
- Choose a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
- Have shade time where your child takes a 10 – 30 minute break under a tree or umbrella so they aren’t in the sun continuously. And bring a comfy travel pad for your baby when it’s time for a changing.
- Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours if your child is in the water or sweating.
- Check with your doctor first before applying sunscreen to your baby or child with sensitive skin.
- Buy / use strollers with extendable canopies, which will provide extra sun protection from excess rays. Especially if your baby is sleeping, you might not be aware of the constant exposure to the sun.
- Hydrate! Ok, it seems like a no-brainer, but it’s very easy to forget when you’re having fun in the sun. Make a goal of how much water your child (and you) need to drink per hour. To help keep water on your mind, check out a stroller with child and parent cup holders.
- Kids learn by imitation. Be sure to always put sunscreen on yourself and your child will pick up on your healthy habits!