Sunscreen and your baby....

March 25, 2019

Sunscreen and your baby....

Keeping our babies safe in the sun is a constant worry for parents. Which raises loads of sunscreen concerns.

  • Is this sunscreen safe for my baby’s skin?
  • There are so many different brands, which are best?
  • My baby has sensitive skin, what sunscreen should I use?
  • What about the natural sunscreens?

The Nest Co have pulled together a collection of information and considerations to help you and your family stay sun smart this summer

The selection and application of a safe sunscreen is so important. Especially in New Zealand and Australia where sadly we have the highest susceptibility to skin cancer in the world, according to new statistics. ¹  

Selecting the best sunscreen: What the experts say

Sunscreen has attracted a lot of media attention recently, with concerns over whether some well-known sunscreen brands meet the SPF levels on their labels. 

Consumer NZ and Choice Australia (independent consumer advocacy groups) have both conducted SPF testing on a range of household sunscreen products. With varied results of how well these sunscreens meet their SPF protection levels displayed on their labels. 

Both reports indicate a need for better sunscreen compliance, more regulated extensive testing and test validation and improved manufacturing quality to ensure batch variation and transport and storage conditions don't affect a product's SPF.

For more information and some very interesting reading, here are the reports:

Consumer NZ: Choice AU:

Application: Some guidance for safer sunscreen use

Your sunscreen is reliant on good application and suitable storage. Here are some things you can do to help ensure the effectiveness of your sunscreen:

  • Apply sunscreen generously. Ensuring you use the right amount. It is indicated approximately two tablespoons for a small adult's full body coverage.
  • Applying your sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out into the sun.
  • Reapplying every 2 hours thereafter and immediately after swimming or exercise (sweating).
  • Ideally replace your sunscreen product every year.
  • Definitely check the expiry date and dispose of any expired sunscreen.
  • Store your sunblock below 30C and out of direct sunlight.

Sunscreen and your baby

 An infants’ skin is so sensitive, experts recommend for the first six months you avoid having your baby in direct sun. 2 Some sunscreens may recommend they are for use from six months plus. When you are ready to use sunscreen on your baby:

  • Select a baby/sensitive skin specific broad-spectrum sunblock with a high SPF protection.
  • Complete a spot test on a small area of baby’s skin over a couple of days to check whether your baby’s skin reacts, before you do a full application.

 Other sun safe tips for your baby

  • Avoid direct sun exposure and seek the shade during the sun’s hours of greatest intensity, between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Use breathable UV protecting sunshades in the car and stroller / baby capsule.
  • Dress baby in light clothing that covers their arms and legs.
  • Use a hat that covers baby’s face and ears.
  • Keep to the shady side of the street on walks.
  • Rash tops/suits are also great sun protection for the whole family
  • Sunglasses for eye protection (you can even get BabyBans for little ones – link here:
  • Still take care and use sunscreen on overcast days and when you're in the shade.  
  • Be aware UV rays can reflect off sand and water. So when using sun umbrellas, shade tents, awnings or taking refuge under a lovely shady tree, the sun might not feel as fierce but can be really deceptive and can still damage sensitive baby's skin.

 We hope that this information helps and wish you a happy and safe summer!   From the team at The Nest Co x


The Nest Co are not sunscreen experts, nor do we claim to be. The information in this email is general information only provided in an effort to raise awareness around an important subject. Governing bodies, guidelines and regulations vary in different countries. Please ensure that you select safe and compliant sun products and that you use them safely within the guidelines to keep your baby and family safe. If you are ever concerned about the health or safety of your baby, please seek professional advice immediately. 



2 The Skin Cancer Foundation. Sun Safety Tips for Infants, Babies and Toddlers. 2015; Last reviewed May 10, 2016

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