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So, it's finally starting to get nice around here, and we're out and about without all our blankets, hats, and covers on DD all the time. What's the next step to protect her from the sun?<br><br>
Baby sunglasses?<br>
UV clothing?<br>
Huge hats?<br>
Sunscreen?<br><br>
What's everyone else doing, and what do you recommend? I know keeping her out of the sun is best, but sometimes I don't want to be locked up at home all day...<br><br>
How do you keep the sun off your LO while babywearing?
 

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I have a big sunhat I put on DS while he is in the Ergo. It has UV protection. I bought it at Target for $6-7. His legs however, are exposed, so I'm interested to see what other people do. He's not quite at the recommended age for sunblock.<br><br>
PS - We LOVE Raffi at our house!
 

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Sunblock is all I've ever done for our kids - and it's safe from 1 minute old up....<br><br>
I couldn't ever keep a hat on them, and I don't like hats for myself.
 

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Sandra - I'm confused, I thought sunscreen was for babies 6+ months. At least that's what the pharmacist told me! What type are you using and where can I get it?<br><br>
Ladylove - Now I'm going to be singing Raffi songs all day in my head...Peanut butter sandwich, made with jam...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Keep the tips coming ladies, I'm eager to enjoy this lovely weather with my little monkey.<br><br>
Also, I forgot to ask, on a similar topic...what diapers do you use in the pool (for those that use diapers)? We were given a swim diaper cover (similar to regular diaper covers used for cloth diapers) but what goes inside it? A regular prefold? What is the difference between this swim diaper cover and a regular? And do swim diapers really work?
 

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I hate quoting the AAP with every fiber of my being, because most of their information is either outdated or plain wrong, but this is from their site:<br><br>
Until recently the American Academy of Pediatrics advised against the use of sunblock in babies under six months of age. Now they recommend:<br><br>
"For babies under six months of age, sunscreen may be used on small areas of the body such as the face and the back of the hands if adequate clothing and shade are not available. For older children, test the sunscreen on the baby's back for a reaction before applying it all over. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding the eyelids. If your baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, wipe the eyes and hands clean with a damp cloth. If the sunscreen burns her eyes, try a different brand or try a sunscreen stick or sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. If a rash develops, talk to your pediatrician."<br><br><br>
I guess I've just never "asked permission" from anyone to do much of anything with my kids - I had my first 14 years ago in El Paso, there was no way I was staying cooped up, so I put lotion on them. He lived. Same with my 2nd 5 years later, and my 3rd 2 years ago. I've never heard you COULDN'T use lotion, but again, I've never aksed!
 

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i'm using a hat and sunblock (badger). i think the concern with sunscreens is that they have chemicals that get absorbed and little ones have lots of body surface area compared to adults. the sunblocks (active ingredients only titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) don't get absorbed so are safe even in little ones.<br><br>
and i have a swim diaper from iplay. you don't put anything in it-- they're made to hold in poo, but not urine (so careful when dc is sitting on your lap, i've gotten soaked a few times<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) its nice because they don't get all water- logged and heavy.
 

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Explain to me what type of activities do you do with a baby that would require sunscreen (are you being expose to that much sun all at once). From my understanding the sun is ok if you are not being over expose. My ped even suggested having my ds in the sun for about 20min. a day if I was concerned about vit. D.<br><br>
Also where I am from, we don't use sunscreen at all. I guess because we are not going to over expose a baby to the sun (w/ or w/o sunscreen).<br><br>
Even if I am outside with my ds for an hour we are not directly in the sun for all that time.<br><br>
If I take my baby to a beach or maybe a long day out-in in a theme park then I may consider it because he will more likely be expose to alot of sun that can even cause sunburn.<br><br>
I guess I just need clarification on the sunscreen thing.
 

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ANY exposure to the sun without sunscreen can be damaging. It doesn't impact the Vit. D if baby has sunscreen on. 20 minutes in direct sunlight is too much for even ME, let alone a newborn.<br><br>
As far as activities - ANYTHING! Zoo, park, just sitting in the yard in the sun. Sunscreen is as easy to put on as after bath lotion, why not?
 

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Curse you for getting Barney stuck in my head. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I used California baby sunblock, baby banz sunglasses, and hats.
 

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You mean Barney sang that song too? The version I know is from a tape I had as a child. I love that song! Don't let Barney ruin it for you.<br><br>
(P.S. My prom dress was light purple and my husband teased me and said it looked like Barney. The dress' label had a description of the color as something else, maybe indigo, so I told him Barney is purple and my dress is indigo.)<br><br>
I was recommended this sunblock:<br><a href="http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-372-spf-30-for-face-body.aspx" target="_blank">Badger SPF 30</a><br><br>
Here in the suburbs of NYC, I think the severity of the sun must be dependent on atmospheric conditions like pollution, or something. It is very inconsistent. Sometimes, like today, I can be out for 2 or 3 hours without feeling any burning. But other times, like yesterday around 5pm, I felt like my face was burning immediately when I sat in the sun, and could only stay out for about 5 minutes.<br><br>
I try to go by how it feels. If I feel the sun burning me, I go into the shade or put on sunblock or just go inside and save my outdoor activities for later.<br><br>
There is no way I can get my 20mins of sun per day when it burns like it does sometimes. And I know I should be aiming for a lot more than 20 mins, because of all the months that I was inside. When it is bearable, I try to be out in the backyard.
 

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We have Baby Lizard sunscreen <a href="http://www.bluelizard.net" target="_blank">www.bluelizard.net</a>, and a sunhat. Living in Southern California, it's hard to not be in the sun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">ANY exposure to the sun without sunscreen can be damaging. It doesn't impact the Vit. D if baby has sunscreen on. 20 minutes in direct sunlight is too much for even ME, let alone a newborn.<br><br>
As far as activities - ANYTHING! Zoo, park, just sitting in the yard in the sun. Sunscreen is as easy to put on as after bath lotion, why not?</div>
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It's 20mins per day not all at once. Although I don't do it, I more do 10mins(this one was recommended by my midwife). And of course not in the dead heat of the day. Early mornings or late afternoon.<br><br>
ANY exposure to the sun. So to go to the mall or grocery store (house to car, car to building and then reverse) needs sunscreen. Like I said I understand the zoo and those long activities that a child can be expose to the sun needs sunscreen. But a few minutes in the direct sun, ANY exposure is dangerous.<br><br>
I guess I need to read up more on the sun because for little exposure I don't see the necessity. Eighter that or where I am from the sun is not as hot as it is in the states.
 

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nak<br><br>
i got a solarveil sling from kangaroo korner. the tail is long enough that i can cover most of dd. i also ordered two sunhats and got some ca baby sunblock to use when we will be out for longer periods.
 

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Geez, okay, I didn't realize someone would take this so literally - of COURSE you don't have to put sunscreen on when you walk to your car, and I can't believe I'm even typing a response to that comment... that's just ridiculous.
 

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As far as babywearing in an Ergo or MT, I had a few lightweight sarongs that I tied around me - sort of draped over DD's shoulders and then tied in a knot on the side or back and dangling - last summer when we were out and about (we went for some long walks). This was still nice and cool. They probably didn't have UV protection but she never got burnt and we were out for some lengthy periods of time.
 

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Great tips, I'm going to research some of the natural sunscreens and start using one on DD. I'm concerned because even though we don't get as much sun up here as some of you southern ladies do, skin cancers scare me tremendously (both my MIL and my mom's cousin had melanoma, so it's on both sides of the family)...and it's never too early to teach DD safe sun habits, I think. All three of us are very light pink, and DH and I burn easily and painfully, hence the question and the desire to prevent sun damage.<br><br>
I'll also go and find my sarongs! And see if I can find some Baby Banz.<br><br>
Edwina, our DDs have the same name! Darn, I thought we chose an uncommon name...I hope you never move to Ontario! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Curse you for getting Barney stuck in my head. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: My 5 yr. old DD LOVES that song! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I promise! Now you have to promise never to move to Manitoba.<br><br>
But I have to say that we've never met another young Miriam IRL. I've seen yours and one other babe on MDC named Miriam, and aside from that we get older folks exclaiming that it's their aunt's name or something similar.<br><br>
I like it with Iris, that's very pretty and would have been a good choice for us since that's my mom's first name!
 
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