10 Best Baby Sunscreens to Protect Your Little One’s Skin 2023

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Editor Tip: Badger’s sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes so be sure to reapply often and rub in well.

Key Ingredients: Zinc oxide, chamomile, vitamin E, jojoba oil

Best Reef-Safe Formula: Thinkbaby SPF 50+ Baby Sunscreen

Thinkbaby SPF 50+ Baby Sunscreen

Why It’s Worth It: Thinkbaby’s mineral sunscreen is formulated to reduce its environmental impact. Namely, it’s free of nanoparticles and chemicals that can damage coral reefs and ocean life, vegan, and ships in eco-friendly recyclable packaging. It’s also highly rated by the Environmental Working Group, which analyzes all ingredients for risks to you and the environment. While it’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, don’t forget to reapply after towel drying and at least every two hours.

Editor Tip: Thinkbaby also offers a Clear Zinc option if you’re worried about white cast as well as sunscreen sticks for fuss-free application.

Key Ingredients: Zinc oxide, glycerin, dimethicone

Best EWG-Verified: Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Why It’s Worth It: This EWG-verified Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion is certified cruelty-free, vegan, and not tested on animals. It also gets the job done offering broad-spectrum protection with SPF 50+. Formulated for sensitive skin, it omits all fragrances and essential oils in favor of a soothing blend of coconut oil, calendula, and shea butter.

Editor Tip: This sunscreen is safe to apply to the face and body and is also a great option for adults with highly sensitive skin.

Key Ingredients: Zinc oxide, coconut oil, shea butter, calendula, sunflower oil, glycerin

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it safe to start using sunscreen on a baby?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends waiting until your little one is six months old before using baby sunscreen. “Infants younger than six months old have more sensitive skin and more potential risks associated with certain sunscreen ingredients,” explains Dr. Chang. Until they can safely wear sunscreen, she recommends keeping newborns in the shade as much as possible,” especially during peak hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest.”

Of course, your newborn will be exposed to at least some sun. (Your pediatrician may even recommend a few minutes of sun exposure, which research shows can help prevent vitamin D deficiency in the first six months of life.) If your newborn is going to be exposed to the sun for more than a few minutes, “a rash guard, hats, and shade are the best options,” to prevent sunburn says Nava Greenfield, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York. “I recommend dressing your baby in lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants or a rashguard, wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection to protect their skin,” Dr. Chang adds.

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