Six months of age is the appropriate time to start using sunscreen – and parents should make sure their babies are wearing it daily when exposed to sunlight. Before that, babies really shouldn’t be in the sun at all since they don’t yet have enough melanin in their skin to offer them any protection and sunscreen isn’t tested on babies that young.
“When babies are very young their skin is still developing and is very prone to sunburn and is more permeable to chemicals and toxins, so less is definitely more for little ones,” says Rachel Henderson, the co-founder and CEO of mineral sunscreen brand Project Sunscreen. “Keeping your baby protected with a lightweight UPF blanket like this one or hat is a great idea when you’re out and about.”
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