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Beach Baby Sun Safety - Keeping Baby Safe!

The Sun has returned to the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

After a very rainy and cool January the sun is back, there are big white clouds and the water is a beautiful blue-green.  When we are driving over the bridges of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel to make deliveries and pick-ups, Beth always says she is surprised there aren't accidents because it so hard not to look at the beauty of the view - an accident waiting to happen. Well with the sunny weather comes the danger of sunburn and we sure don’t want our beach babies to get burned.  Beach baby sun safety is a critical consideration when vacationing with young children!

Beach Baby Sun Safety Our own Beach Baby Tiguen sporting some cool shades to protect his eyes.

When is it OK for a baby to use sunscreen?

If your baby is younger than 6 months don’t use sunscreen. A babies' skin is much thinner than that of adults, and it absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen more easily, explain experts. Infants have a high surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults. Both these factors mean that an infant's exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens is much greater, increasing the risk of allergic reaction or inflammation.

The best protection is to keep your baby out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses. If there's no natural shade, create your own with an umbrella, shade tent or the canopy of the stroller or wagon.

For babies 6 months and older

Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Cancer Society suggest when choosing baby sunscreen, pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if your baby is spending time in the water or perspiring.

To avoid irritating your baby's skin and eyes, consider using a sunscreen that contains only inorganic filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Avoid using products that combine sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET, since sunscreen must be regularly reapplied and insect repellent typically doesn't need to be reapplied.

Remember, just a few serious sunburns can increase your baby's risk of skin cancer later in life. Taking simple steps now can go a long way toward protecting your baby from the risks of sun exposure.

Sun Safety Tips for Infants

Here are some things to keep in mind when vacationing at the Beaches of Lee County with infants

  • - Keep your baby in the shade as much as possible. If you do use a small amount of sunscreen on your baby, don't assume the child is well protected.
  • - Make sure your child wears clothing that covers and protects sensitive skin. Use common sense; if you hold the fabric against your hand and it's so sheer that you can see through it, it probably doesn't offer enough protection.
  • - Make sure your baby wears a hat that provides sufficient shade at all times.
  • - Watch your baby carefully to make sure he or she doesn't show warning signs of sunburn or dehydration. These include fussiness, redness and excessive crying.
  • - Hydrate! Give your baby formula, breast milk, or a small amount of water between feedings if you're out in the sun for more than a few minutes. Don't forget to use a cooler to store the liquids.
  • - Take note of how much your baby is urinating. If it's less than usual, it may be a sign of dehydration and more fluids are needed until the flow is back to normal.
  • - Avoid sunscreens containing the insect repellent DEET on infants, particularly on their hands. Young children may lick their hands or put them in their mouths. According to AAP, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old.


Beach Baby Rentals has all the gear you need to keep your baby sun protected on your visit: tents, strollers and wagons with canopies, coolers and we can procure the baby sunscreen you need for your 6 months plus babies.  Oh!  If you forgot to bring Little Swimmers, just let us know!

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