Prior to Preemie making her unexpected appearance, I had just attended a Bloggers Conference. While there I came across a vendors table that peaked my interest. They had some pretty cool, or rather hot weather, gear made specifically with babies and toddlers in mind. These sun safety ideas will keep your little one protected all year round.
Sun Safety Ideas for Babies & Toddlers
The company is the brain child of Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kini put together a team of top pediatric specialists with one goal in mind. 60 years of medical experience created KidzStuff, a range of innovative health and wellness products developed specifically for children. Who better to trust than a team of doctors? Check out the article below written specifically for you, my readers on how to keep your children safe and protected from the suns exposure. Even during the fall and winter seasons.
Just because the weather is cooler now, the UV index is NOT down. If you check out the EPA.gov site, you will see that even for January the UV index is still considerable. Children need sun protection all year round, not just in the summer months.
Playing outdoors is important for a young child’s health and development. Children need to jump, run, climb, swing, experience nature and feel sunshine. Unfortunately, just one blistering sunburn as a child more than doubles a person’s chance of developing skin cancer later in life.
What’s all the fuss about?
Although a little sunshine might feel good on our skin for short periods of time, its ultraviolet (UV) rays are harmful. Babies are the most susceptible because their skin is thinnest and possesses little melanin, the pigment that gives color to skin, hair and eyes and provides some sun protection. Therefore, babies are especially susceptible to the sun’s damaging effects.
Here are three sun safety ideas that can better help you protect your baby from the sun’s dangerous rays.
- Dress baby in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs, like our Shop KidzStuff Sun Blocker Romper.
- Take walks early in the morning before 10 AM or after 4 PM and use a stroller with a sun-protective cover.
- Choose a wide-brimmed hat or bonnet that protects the baby’s face, neck, and ears. A baby who wears a hat during the first few months will get used to having it on.
Protecting your toddler from the sun requires a little more effort and planning. Here are some ideas for you to think about before heading out for a fun day in the sun with your little one:
- The minimum SPF recommended by the American Medical Association (AMA) is SPF30. Avoid applying anything less on your child, especially when going to places like the beach or playground.
- Sand and water can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s rays. Make sure you’re extra careful with your child’s delicate skin by limiting time inside the water or playing in the sand.
- Tightly woven clothing provides the best sun protection. Keep your baby cool and protected with our KidzStuff™ Sun Blocker™ Romper. This lightweight and breathable garment is specially designed to prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your baby’s gentle skin. Rated UPF40, the Sun Blocker™ Romper offers a chemical- and lotion-free defense against the sun.
Dr. Ana Duarte, a board certified pediatric dermatologist, director of Dermatology at Miami Children’s Hospital and president of the Children’s Skin Center notes, “As a pediatric dermatologist and a Mom living in a year-round sunny climate like Miami, I am acutely aware of the importance of UV protection and it’s an area that I’m extremely passionate about. Just one blistering sunburn during childhood can more than double your adult risk of melanoma, which is a deadly form of skin cancer, so it’s critical that parents get into the habit of practicing sun smart behaviors for their children as early as possible.”
*I really appreciated seeing Dr. Ana Duarte as a part of this article because it just so happens that she is the doctor that oversees J-bird’s skin care (a cross between dermatitis and eczema). I don’t recall the warnings about sun care being so out there when I was a kid growing up. I remember taking a trip to Florida, before I lived here when I was a teenager, and coming back to NY with freckles and other sun spots. Living in Miami and having heard the stories, I always keep the kids covered, not just with sunscreen, but with clothing as well. Yes, while those baby bathing suits are adorable, so is their pure soft skin. Let’s help them keep it that way.