Babies: 3 - 6 Months

Do you keep your baby under 6m out of the sun

It is hard to keep my 3m old out of the sun with a toddler but I follow the DR's advise and keep her out of the sun.  I have seen others with infants in baby carriers exposed to the sun. How do you keep your baby out of the sun outdoors?
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Re: Do you keep your baby under 6m out of the sun

  • DD has a sun hat, the Ergo has a flap on it for a sun shield. I also make sure that she has some coconut oil or almond oil on. Both have a natural SPF and are safe for babies under 6mo. Oils with a natural SPF are not as powerful as sunscreen. It is more of a just in case under her sunhat/flap/stroller hood.
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  • We also use a sun hat. If we are just sitting outside, we try to find the shadiest spot possible. We pull the shades on his stroller. We also save our walks for the later part of the day when the sun isn't as strong. We have no plans to bring LO to some place blindingly open to the sun (like the beach) until he is old enough to wear sunscreen.
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  • I couldn't survive not going outside for 6 months.

    We got out every day and I usually stay in the shade with DS2. If not I usually use a light weight blanket and cover him [with me holding him obviously] or I turn my back towards the sun.

    We took him to the beach last month and just say under a tent with him.

     

  • Sun hat, pants on, and a light jacket or long sleeved shirt. I find shade where possible as well.
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  • 20 minutes of limited exposure helps get them the Vitamin D they need for the day. I try not give her much more exposure than that daily but I don't worry too much about shielding her all the time. I did put a little sunscreen on her face when we went to the beach even though she was only 5 months old.
  • hat, stroller and sunblock (doesn't get absorbed into the skin like sunscreen and is therefore safe).
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  • At our 5 month appointment the doctor told me it was perfectly alright to expose him to some sun.  In fact, like pp said, it's great for vitamin d. He said to just limit exposure to early morning or late afternoon and not for too long.  He also said that because my son is very fair skinned, with blonde hair and blue eyes I need to use sunscreen now if he will be in the sun for a prolonged period of time or during peak times.  The risk of sunburn outweighs the risk of sunscreen for him.  

    I don't think you need to over dress them or never go outside.  Just use discretion. 

     


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    I couldn't survive if we couldn't go outside either.  Same as the others, I use a light blanket and/or sunhat.  We have been going in our pool for the past few weeks, which is outdoors.  I try to go in the early evening when the sun isn't as strong.  Or I will use some sunblock if we go earlier in the day.  We only stay out for twenty minutes or so, and then I put her right in the bath to wash it off when we come in.
  • Hats, sunblock.  It's summer - we are going outside.  People used to live outside - I doubt they kept the baby in the cave for 6 months.  I try to keep both kids in the shade since they are fair-skinned.

     

     

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  • DD LOVES to be outside, so there's no avoiding it here. We use a hat or the shade of her stroller if the sun is overhead and we're out for a long time, but if she's just coming to or from the car, we just let the sun shine on her because she likes it and like other PPs said, a little sun exposure is ok. Our pedi said we could use sunblock/sunscreen sparingly since I'm very fair skinned (I have been known to burn a little even in the shade) and it remains to be seen if DD will be fair skinned like me or darker skinned like DH.

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  • Sun hat and those special clothes/pants that are made to cover babies skin and block UV rays. But they are breathable. 

    Or we stay in the shade. 

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  • I stay in the shade as much as I can, but if we go to the park or somewhere where I know I'll be in and out of the shade, I wear him in my bjorn, big floppy sunhat on and sunblock on his legs. My pedi said it was fine. It's unreasonable to think (especially if you have an older child) that you can keep the baby out of the sun completely.
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  • No, If we're outside I let her get a few minutes of sun.  It's good for them.
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  • Sunhats, a little sunblock on exposed legs feet etc in a carrier like an ergo won't hurt either. I also carry an umbrella everywhere if there's a chance I might set him somewhere.
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  • We just got back from a family vacation to the Grand Canyon with our 5 month old. It was so hot (over 100 degrees) that he couldn't stand more than a short sleeved onesie and shorts in his baby carrier. I put a sun hat on him, used sunblock (applied every 30-45 minutes), found shade whenever I could and used an umbrella. He is really fair skinned (you can see the veins in his head!) so I was worried that he would get burned, but he made it a whole week without any burn or sun exposure. I know you're supposed to be careful about the use of sunblock, but to me the benefits outweighed the risks for this situation.
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    DD has a sun hat, the Ergo has a flap on it for a sun shield. I also make sure that she has some coconut oil or almond oil on. Both have a natural SPF and are safe for babies under 6mo. Oils with a natural SPF are not as powerful as sunscreen. It is more of a just in case under her sunhat/flap/stroller hood.

    Very interesting. I would think it had negative effects like putting baby oil on your skin.

     

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    I keep my baby out of the sun as much as I can. If we are outside I have a sun hat on him or put him in the stroller and use the canopy thing for shade. You can always get a little pop up beach tent and bring your bouncer outside and set him in there while you and the toddler play. If you are at the park , put baby in the stroller facing whatever way make shade with the canopy. I had three pretty close, so I got use to the bring baby with toddler thing. There is ways to make shade. If they are out in the sun a bit it is ok, but honestly my kids are so fair more than 10 minutes and I am sure they would burn (as babies, not toddler and kids).
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    Hats, sunblock.  It's summer - we are going outside.  People used to live outside - I doubt they kept the baby in the cave for 6 months.  I try to keep both kids in the shade since they are fair-skinned.

     

     

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