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Help with sunscreen for James
Old 07-04-2019, 11:24 AM
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I bought James some baby sunscreen and itís left him completely white. Itís very obvious... I need some better options.

What do you guys use if you have a darker skin tone ?

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Old 07-04-2019, 11:58 AM
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Don't have the answer to your question, but he is still very young to be out in the sun or have chemical protection. Protective clothing and shade is preferable.
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:40 PM
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https://www.consumerreports.org/suns...sunsceen-need/

https://www.skincancer.org/preventio...ildren/infants

Hope these help.
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:55 PM
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James is over 6 months now, isn't he? Most sources say that sunscreen is fine to use on babies over 6 months, especially if you use a physical sunblock rather than a chemical sunscreen. Those ones are usually zinc based and do tend to have a white tint.

Thinkbaby is the kind that we use. It rubs in more easily than any other kind we've tried and doesn't look too white on my (admittedly very pale) kid. I swear by Lucie's List for any type of baby product question and this is what they recommend for sunscreen:

https://www.lucieslist.com/lucies-li...reens-of-2014/

(the date says 2014 but the article has been updated)
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:56 PM
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My son will turn 7 months old next week. I just put some sunscreen on him today for the first time. I use Neutrogena Baby SPF 50 100% zinc. I find that it rubs in clear.

Ultimately my favorite sun protector (besides shade) are the long sleeve rash guards. They generally have a SPF also. The few I have are SPF 50. He wears those with a hat and weíre set


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Old 07-04-2019, 02:55 PM
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Honestly, I'd opt for shade rather than sunscreen. Shade for the stroller, umbrella when you carry him, a canopy when you wish to play with him outside. You can even make a canopy from a blanket if it is more convenient. I am just not in favor of sunscreen on babies, nor do I believe babies should be in the direct sun more than a few minutes at a time. Their skin is fragile and some babies react even when the stuff says it's safe. If I were to give my opinion thirty years ago, it would have been quite different. My husband's grandmother was proud to be (her words) "a granny woman" (a position of high esteem in her world). She always advised me to keep my babies out of the sun. There were no tragedies for us when I didn't listen, but now at my age, I believe there usually wasn't a good enough reason to have my babies out in the sun like I did.
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:21 PM
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I also like Nutragena kids sunscreen. I use the spray because it clear. I just turn the kids heads away or spray into my hands and rub on. Itís great for sensitive skin and non greasy.
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Old 07-05-2019, 02:35 PM
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I always found that the good sunscreens don't rub in and stay white. Which is unfortunate, but at least they aren't chemical and they actually work. Hopefully there are more out now than when my kids were younger! I know shade and clothing is preferable, but that's not always an option.
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