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The first strolls with your baby. What to take.
It is truly a pleasure to be able to take a stroll with your baby through a pretty park, enjoying good weather and fresh air.
But it’s also necessary to pay special attention to caring for delicate skin when exposed to sun rays.
Protecting your baby from sunburn and sun damage is a very important matter which should not be taken lightly. This is why we have some advice to help you enjoy your stroll risk-free.
If your baby is not yet six months old, it’s best to keep them away from direct sunlight, specially between 11:00 and 15:00 when the sun is at its strongest.
If they are six months old or over, it is recommended that you stroll in the shade.
If you cannot avoid being in the sun, take certain precautions to protect your baby from sun rays. Among other things, dress them in a hat, use cotton clothing and apply sun protection to skin that is exposed to the sun.
Choose creams that are for babies as they are specially formulated for their delicate skin. They must have a protection factor of at least 30 SPF.
Also, when buying, make sure the cream offers protection from both UVA as well as UVB. Reapply cream every two hours in order to maintain optimal protection.
Your baby must wear a hat with wide wings that will provide shade for the face, neck and ears. Bonnets may look fresh but they leave the delicate neck and ears exposed, so it’s best to avoid using them.
When choosing a hat, the best option is to find one with an elastic or velcro-tied band which goes under the chin and keeps the hat on.
Cotton clothing is light and also offers the best protection due to the composition of its fabric. Making sure the shirt covers the baby’s shoulders is essential for avoiding sunburn, as the shoulders are particularly vulnerable and can burn easily.
Baby sun glasses are also a perfect accessory for protecting them from the sun. It’s a good idea to get them used to wearing them at a young age. It’s also important to verify that they have an adequate filter protection so, in order to be on the safe side, go to an optician’s where you can get expert advice.
With a hat, cotton clothing, sunglasses and sun protection, you are ready to enjoy a quiet family stroll with no unnecessary risks.
If you will be riding in the car, then it is imperative that, aside from the aforementioned, you also place sunshades in the back windows. This is very important because they will protect your baby from direct sunlight.