Summer's here so that means it's time for fun in the sun. But before you head out on your warm-weather adventures, give some thought to how you'll protect baby from the sun's strong rays.
Remember, your baby's skin is thinner than yours, and therefore more susceptible to sun damage. And his or her little eyes aren't as adept at blocking harmful rays either. A lifetime of healthy skin and eyes start in childhood. And don't forget, even cloudy days can prove harmful.
BabyCenter suggests springing for a shade for your stroller and opting for a shady spot when hanging out in the park or on the beach. Plus, it recommends sunglasses and hats with brims (like ours, pictured here!), as well as sun protective clothing for when you'll be out for an extended period of time. And the site says the middle of the day—from 10-4—is the time when the sun is strongest.
Sunscreen is a good option too though The Skin Cancer Foundation and The American Academy of Pediatrics disagree on when it's ok to start using it on babies under 6 months old. The later says it's ok in small doses, while the former doesn't recommend it till after 6 months.
If you're not sure if your baby has gotten too much sun, the March of Dimes has some helpful tips for detecting and soothing sunburn.