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Hi!<br>
My friend and I have a "playdate" at the park next week (more for us than the kids since CJ is so little. LOL) I bought a netting tip thing to put over his carseat so the bugs can't get to him while he's in it, but I don't really think its going to protect him from the sun. Any tips on how I can keep his sensitive skin safe?<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
Kelly
 

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Sunscreen.
 

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Hi Kelly,<br>
Haha, I see you posted in my thread about this question! Great timing...I guess we were thinking the same thing at the same time.<br><br>
PS Your DS is EXACTLY 27 years younger than me...it's a great birthday, first day of Aries...be prepared for a stubborn little ram!
 

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GMA I guess! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
LOL Anna Happy late birthday then!! Its also my MIL's birthday and she sure is stubborn, but we won't get into her. *wink*
 

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I would say lightweight long sleeves and pants (though I would go with bare feet, not anything "footed") and possibly a little bucket hat or anything w/a visor and then beyond that, keeping the baby in the shade (either shade from trees or structures or of your body or whatever, or the hood on your carseat if there is one).<br><br>
I wouldn't suggest sunscreen because from the looks of your sig, your baby is just 4 weeks old.<br><br>
Have fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Sunscreen is wonderful and safe - how can she swim or anything if she can't use sunscreen? It's safe from 1 minute on....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sunscreen is wonderful and safe - how can she swim or anything if she can't use sunscreen? It's safe from 1 minute on....</div>
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Just curious as to how you came to this conclusion...?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sunscreen is wonderful and safe - how can she swim or anything if she can't use sunscreen? It's safe from 1 minute on....</div>
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There's not a sunscreen out there that says to use on babes under 6 months--every single one is 6 months and up. Sit in the shade if possible, long sleeves, long pants, sun hat.
 

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Do you have a little pup tent or a beach umbrella?
 

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I'd be cautious about relying on sunscreen more than sparingly, even if your baby was older than six months. (Both my children and I are *very* fair-skinned, so I have to be pretty vigilant when we are out in the sun for more than short periods of time. And yes, it's a total pain, but necessary.)<br><br><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/1998/05/wellbeing.html" target="_blank">http://www.motherjones.com/news/outf...wellbeing.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There's not a sunscreen out there that says to use on babes under 6 months--every single one is 6 months and up. Sit in the shade if possible, long sleeves, long pants, sun hat.</div>
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Maybe she means a sunscreen like a tent of some sort?.....
 

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what we do for ds who has been dragged to big sisters playgroup since 2.5wks old is long slleves and pants and a bucket hat (Target has some awesome ones!) try and sit in the shade.<br><br>
Do NOT use sunscreen on a baby younger than 6 months.
 

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NOT a fan...... but the AAP has revised the whole sunscreen thing... <a href="http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/augsun.htm" target="_blank">http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/augsun.htm</a>.<br>
in 1999!!<br>
Come on guys. Yeah, stay out of the sun as much as possible, but geez, she can use it.
 

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Thanks for the link! Unfortunately, the summary is a bit misleading... if you read all the way through, the AAP actually says that *if you have no other options* it MAY be ok to use *a tiny bit of suncreen on baby's face and hands*. That's not even close to saying that sunscreen is perfectly fine to use as your first option all over a young infant. Baby skin is so sensitive; I wouldn't want to risk a bad reaction.<br><br>
I love Sunveil UV fabrics - you can get it by the yard online, and they sell pre-made baby clothes as well as kid and adult sizes. I bought a couple of yards, one for a sling and one to make some shirts with, since we'll have to keep Bean safe in July and August.
 

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well, AAP aside, I'd be hesitant to put sunscreen on my baby as is recommended... i.e. in small areas like the back of the hands etc. DD can't keep her hands out of her mouth and I can't imagine wanting her to eat sunscreen.<br><br>
Personally I'd bring a regular rain umbrella and try to sit in the shade under trees, etc. We live in Miami and I take DD out for regular walks in the afternoon. She wears a dress that covers her legs and a wide brimmed hat. Now, in fairness a boy probably won't be wearing a dress... but you get the point. I also carry and umbrella to keep her in the shade.
 

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FWIW, I have sensitive skin and had a bad reaction to sunscreen when I was 15. I put it on my face and it stang horribly (sorry don't remember the brand). I tried washing and rubbing it off but it stang for 30-60min afterwards. I am very careful what sunscreen I use and how often now. I personally wouldn't want to risk a bad reaction on a small baby.
 

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The problem with sunscreens is that they are LOADED with toxic chemicals. Hell, I wouldn't put conventional sunscreen on any baby/child/toddler...I won't even put on conventional sunscreen on myself...I don't even use conventional shampoos/conditioners/lotions either becuase they are all so freakin' toxic...don't even get me started about nail polish (but I digress)<br><br>
I did, however, find an alternative. I found the BADGER BALM sunscreen is quite awesome...it's organic using zinc oxide, very safe for babies. I also heard that california baby has great products but I haven't tried them<br><br>
If you want to check out the toxicity of what you put on your bodies, or your babies, you should check out <a href="http://www.ewg.org/skindeep" target="_blank">http://www.ewg.org/skindeep</a><br><br>
or more specifically: <a href="http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep2/search.php?main_cat=SKIN+CARE" target="_blank">http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep2..._cat=SKIN+CARE</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There's not a sunscreen out there that says to use on babes under 6 months--every single one is 6 months and up. Sit in the shade if possible, long sleeves, long pants, sun hat.</div>
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Ds was born March last year and we spent the summer in the shade, or carrying shade (i.e. an umbella) around with us. If have older kids and need to hit the park that's what I'd do. If this is really just for the Moms, then meet indoors somewhere.<br><br>
Another option would be a sling of sloarviel fabric. Not all fabric has good UV protection so just plain long sleeves/pants won't do much if you'll be out in the sun a long time.<br><br>
This summer we'll be using UV protective clothing and hats, still trying to avoid sunscreen and strong rays as much as possible.
 

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My DD was born last March too. I've never put sunscreen on her. Your solutions sound good!
 
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