Baby in the sun?

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  1. supertabby

    supertabby Well-Known Member

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    Today is a glorious sunny day here, clear blue skies and temp in house says 22c. It's a perfect day for a stroll in the park but worried about sun protection. I can only make one trip out today because of timings with a new routine just started, so if we go shopping for suncream then the walk is off.

    I have a parasol for the pram, and sun hats for Isobel who is 9 weeks. I don't have any baby suncream (only adult suncream) and don't have any sunglasses yet. I was planning to buy sunglasses today but wasn't sure what age to put suncream on as hv advises against using product yet (she was talking about baby oil etc though, we didn't discuss sun protection).

    Should we stay indoors? When should we use suncream?
     
  2. Parkep

    Parkep Very happy mom

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    Suncream i believe is not until they are 6 months old. I would say if LO cant stay all in shade while out for a walk it might be too hot out and too much sun
     
  3. KatelynsMummy

    KatelynsMummy Mummy to Katelyn!

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    Its super hot today and even with the pram parasol and hats i still smother my LO in sun cream, its important to protect our skin from the sun so more important to protect theirs as it is a lot more sensitive, so I would suggest getting sun cream, there are lots of baby sun creams out there.
    You can also adjust the routine so you can go for walks, weather its taking a feed with you etc there are ways to do it so non of you miss out on a glorious day like this :flower:
     
  4. 2ndtimeAbz

    2ndtimeAbz Well-Known Member

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    My MW discussed suncream with me when Nathan was 4 wks and she told me to put plenty on. So I don't think there's a minimum age for it :)
     
  5. Parkep

    Parkep Very happy mom

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    Hmm just read my bottle is says to consult a dr if before 6 months different rules every where huh? :shrug:
     
  6. KatelynsMummy

    KatelynsMummy Mummy to Katelyn!

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    Thats just like everything for young babies though, its mainly for babies that have skin problems, consult a doctor incase the ingredients make it worse or if a baby has certain allerigies...
    Babies need to be protected from the sun at all ages! :flower:
     
  7. supertabby

    supertabby Well-Known Member

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    Thanks that great. Think I'll go shopping for the suncream today so I've got it for the future.

    The problem with routine is the planned walk is in a country park with MIL, rather than local, so if I go shopping it will be early afternoon when we get back and not enough time then to go for the walk and get back before we need to start the new bedtime routine we've set in place.
     
  8. Dopeyjopey

    Dopeyjopey Toddlers are fun :)

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    A little bit of sun won't do much harm, as long as LO doesn't get burnt. Our bodies actually need the sun to produce vitamin D and high SPF suncreams can block out the good rays as well as the bad. Personally i don't use it, (as A has Caribbean in him he is less likely to burn) but if you do buy some i'd get spf 30 instead of 50.
     
  9. xnewxmummyx

    xnewxmummyx Mummy, Daddy and Isobelle

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    I like to stick to routine but sometimes its just not possible if you also want to have a life. If Isobel is in bed a tad later than she normally is, dont worry about it.

    I do it with Isobelle on occasion but its only by about 1hr but she normally knows it's bed time and so she just sleeps in pram/car seat and stays asleep even while we are putting her down lol.

    Have fun

    xx
     
  10. supertabby

    supertabby Well-Known Member

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    I'd normally be happy to adjust her routine a bit but we only started the new bedtime schedule yesterday, so want to keep strictly to it for a week before getting flexible. Also the change we are making is to bring bedtime forward - she spends all evening fueling up with milk then goes to sleep at 10pm so we trying to start the fueling up earlier and put her in het cot between feeds instead of her dozing on us downstairs. The first night went pretty well, 45 mins was her longest nap but its the first time she's slept at all in the cot without us being up their in bed too - the baby monitor was practically glued to my ear though lol!

    :)
     
  11. Pixxie

    Pixxie Mum to 1 little girl

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    I have fair, sensitive skin and I've just been putting my own suncream on LO, factor 30 xxx
     
  12. pink_rulez

    pink_rulez Mummy to Sophie & bump

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    my pram has a large hood which I drape a muslin cloth over the front so Los not directly in the sun (she faces me) I don't usually cream her unless she will be getting out, or will be walking in the sun for a long time (over 1/2hour), didn't even think about it when she was ur lo ages cuz it was winter, I just kept panicking she was to cold lol x
     
  13. Dopeyjopey

    Dopeyjopey Toddlers are fun :)

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    i put lots of suncream on nicole, WHEN we get sun lol. my mum needs the sun too for her bone problems (osteosorisis sp?) but its sunlight not direct sun iykwim
     
  15. Dopeyjopey

    Dopeyjopey Toddlers are fun :)

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    ^ yes, i should have clarified that, a baby getting lots of direct sunlight isn't good, but as long as there is shade available putting on a thick, high spf sunscreen can prevent the production of vitamin d :flower:
     
  16. 2ndtimeAbz

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    Yeah I heard about that - that children have been suffering from ricketts due to a lack of vitamin D?!
     
  17. lauren10

    lauren10 1 DD, 1 angel & pregnant!

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    I agree that sun in moderation is good for them. You want to avoid sunburns, not sun all together. Even with spf 50, some uv rays get through without burning them. If we'll be spending a lot of time outside I'll use sunblock...if it's just a short walk and she's mostly covered by the canopy on the stroller, I don't bother.
     
  18. Mum2Alfie

    Mum2Alfie Mum to 2 beautiful boys!

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    parasol is enough for a baby, sunshine for a baby is fine, NO to suncream! We were told for Jacob that putting him in the sunshine was perfect due to helping him with the breaking down of red blood cells.
     
  19. Dopeyjopey

    Dopeyjopey Toddlers are fun :)

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    Yep. And chances are there'll be loads more as they get older - vitamin d can prevent so many illnesses!
     
  20. anna_t

    anna_t Well-Known Member

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    In sweden where i come from the rule is NO sun up until one year but then they are given vitamin d drops. I try to not have Alex in the sun much but a little cant be helped, i use sun cream and also give him vitamin d drops as well. Bought 2 bottles of it when i was over last year.
     

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