Best Sun-Safety Practices for Babiesby Lindsay Hutton
The sun's UV rays can be damaging year round, even when it is cloudy or cold, and your baby's thin skin burns much easier than an adult's does. Follow these sun-safety practices for babies to ensure your little one stays safe in the sun throughout the year.
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Seek Shade and Shelter
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping babies younger than six months out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Seek shade for your baby inside, under a tree or umbrella, or under the stroller canopy, especially when the sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Not all umbrellas and canopies protect against all UVA and UVB rays — in fact, some reduce exposure by only about 50 percent. Use caution when using these as your baby's means of shade. It's also important to remember that your baby can get a burn even on cloudy days, since the sun's rays can penetrate cloud cover, and bounce off reflective surfaces like snow, water, sand, and cement.