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Besdies the sun, it's the temp of the water you need to worry about. Young babies can't regulate their body temp so they get really cold, really quickly. If the water is even slightly chilly to you then it's probably really cold to her.
When DS was really young, we just kept him shaded or didn't expose him to too much sun if we could help it.
DS born 3/10/12 - DD - born 10/7/14!
I plan on putting a hat and long sleeved shirt on her if I do bring her in the pool. If it is really hot and she does go in it will only be for a few min just to help cool her down if the water isn't too cold.
That was a lot of "ifs"
We put our LO in the pool just last month (he was 2 1/2 months old) and he LOVED IT! We put a little hat on him and a onesie underneath of his swim trunks. Since we just dipped him in for a few minutes, everything went great! Also, we normally bring him outside in the late afternoon when it's still plenty warm but the sun's UV rays aren't as strong. If you have baby out in the sun in the middle of the day, you could be asking for trouble.
Since our LO's first pool experience, we have bought a long sleeve rash guard so we'll be skipping the onesie this time.
mhickey426:I plan on putting a hat and long sleeved shirt on her if I do bring her in the pool. If it is really hot and she does go in it will only be for a few min just to help cool her down if the water isn't too cold. That was a lot of "ifs"
This is what I'm thinking. It'll be a short-lived dip just to cool her off. They have lots of shade and I think I'm going to get a rash guard to cover her up.
agree that it is better to sunblock than risk sun burn bc even with wearing all the protective gear babies can burn quick especially with the reflection off the water - i learned this with my first daughter who got sunburned at 20 weeks old! we were at the bay and she was wearing a half-sleeve rash guard and hat - we would only dip her in the ocean for maybe 5 - 10 mins a time and it was enough to give her some burn on her cheeks and uncovered arms! I cried all night. she survived, but I learned my lesson!
We use California baby - it is expensive but is as safe as it can get.
emriley84:I have a long sleeved rash guard and a big sunhat. My pedi said sunblock is ok if necessary, better that than a sunburn if there isn't shade
mben1119:Its no sunscreen until after 6 months, but you can use sunblock before then. There is a difference between the 2. I recommend the Neutrogena baby in the Pink and white bottle.
This. We use Badger brand ... it is called sunscreen even though technically it isn't. I don't really know why the terminology is used incorrectly with major companies! Also, rash guard and hat and shade as much as possible.