Sunscreens generally use chemicals to absorb UV rays from the sun so that they don’t damage your skin. On the other hand, sunblock uses minerals to deflect rays. Although these terms are different, the sunscreens you see on the market targeted toward babies and children are usually “sunblock.” Naturally, products that use organic minerals like zinc and titanium dioxide are safer for babies and for you. Believe it or not, this isn’t so easy to find. Whatever your preference, we’ve put together a pretty good list of brands to consider. Many of these products use zinc oxide as an active ingredient.
1. Thinkbaby Sunscreen – $14
This is the highest rated baby sunscreen on Amazon. Its water resistance can last of 80 minutes! Thinkbaby offers advanced UVA/UVB protection and SPF 50+. This brand is PABA and paraben free and is one of the easiest sunscreens to apply.
2. Seventh Generation – $14- 28
This SPF 30 formula from Seventh Generation was dubbed one of the Top Sunscreens of 2012 by the Environmental Working Group for good reason. With extra virgin olive oil, this sunscreen can offers up to 80 minutes water resistance.
3. Aveeno® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen – $10.99
With a broad spectrum of protection and SPF up to 50+, this mineral and titanium dioxide based protection lotion is top choice for many moms. Aveeno uses MINERALGUARD® Technology and natural ingredients from oat extracts. This formula is likely to protect your baby’s skin instead of irritating it the way some sunscreens do.
4. Green Babies Sunscreen – $16-$18
This lightly scented SPF 30 sunscreen is fragranced with essential oils while being PABA and paraben free. Some grownups attest to liking this product for themselves because of its scent. As a caution, some users say this product runs when you sweat.
5. BurnOut Kids SPF 35 – $14.50
BurnOut Kids has gained some major popularity recently. This sunscreen is a homerun as it offers UVA/UVBA broad spectrum protection and is extremely water resistant. Unlike some other competing sunscreens on the market, this one does not run into the eyes when exposed to moisture over time. Its eco-conscious formula makes this product an all around win.
6. Mustela’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion – $22
This is a solid sunscreen formula comprised with the basics: zinc and titanium dioxide. Its mineral based formula offers up to 40 minutes of water/sweat resistance and is free of phthalate and parabens. Mustela’s formula is SPF 50.
7. BabyHampton – $20
This organic SPF 30 brand contains moisture rich ingredients like grape seed extract, shea butter and jojoba oil. Its gentle formula makes this a sun protecting win for babies.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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