(Sun)Block on the New Kid | Is sunblock safe for newborns?
My husband and I recently took an early parenting crash course. He learned how to change a diaper, bathe a baby, and manage a hormonally-charged, sleep-deprived crazy lady. I learned that there are a lot of “dos and don’ts” these days – a LOT.
One of the questions that came up was whether or not it is safe to use sunscreen on your newborn. Apparently the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) used to recommend not using sunscreen for babies under 6 months old because newborn skin is more absorbent than older skin and would therefore soak up some of the chemicals in traditional sunblock. However, the AAP has changed their stance:
“If your baby is younger than 6 months, keep him or her out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses. If adequate clothing and shade aren’t available, apply sunscreen only on small areas of your baby’s exposed skin, such as the face and back of the hands.”
Here’s the thing – I’m going to have my baby and then my mother-in-law is coming to visit for a month(!). Plus, I used to be a runner and have not seriously worked out in a few months. I’m going to need to go for some lengthy walks! While I would love to keep New Baby Nugget covered at all times, I suspect I’m going to need some sunblock.
Word on the street is that mineral sunblocks may be better for newborns than traditional blocks because they sit on top of the skin and reflect light rather than absorbing and acting more like a shield. According to my very reasonable, no-BS instructor, if you have to use block on your newborn, mineral screens are the way to go.
Since I’m in the beauty biz, I started doing some research on the best organic sunscreens on the market. As you know, we are big fans of a small, local company called Block Island Organics. For a more comprehensive, something-for-everyone line of mineral and non-mineral blocks, we turned to Coola Organic Suncare:
“We like natural. So our Mineral Sunscreens incorporate our unique method of independently suspending Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide actives in an organic ultra moisturizing base. When applied, these natural mineral blockers are evenly spaced, creating the most effective application on your skin (imagine a screen or net). You get the same protection that a lifeguard gets when their nose is white, only ours is transparent!”
Coola has an amazing selection of sunblock for babies and adults in/for every conceivable:
- Format: spray, stick, loction, lotion bar
- Body part: face, body, lips
- Skin phase: baby, sport, anti-aging; and
- Scent: unscented, mango, plumeria, cucumber, etc.