These days, I'm all about sun hats and suncreen and standing in the shade...for me and my precious girls.
But getting sunscreen on a squirmy, protesting preschooler (not pictured; that's me and my easygoing baby over there to the right) isn't always easy.
Here's how I manage it...
I use a sunscreen stick, like Neutrogena's Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Stick SPF 60+ with PureScreen ($8.99). This little waterproof, sweatproof stick smoothes on like chapstick - and it's especially ideal for your face and ears.
I use sunscreen wipes, like MD MOMS baby silk babysafe sunscreen towelettes ($26 for 15-pack, see below for your chance to win). Each SPF 30+ wipe has enough sunscreen to "cover baby from head-to-toe." I use these wipes on my 2-year-old...and on me. They are super convenient. And they come in "singles" too, if you want to take them with you on-the-go.
I say, "Would you like to put sunscreen on and go outside or would you like to play inside for awhile?" [Can you tell I've been reading: Parenting With Love & Logic? Review coming soon...]
Both of the above-mentioned sunscreen products are easier to apply and less messy than the typical bottled variety. They both apply white and may require a little bit of rubbing in. They both could easily be tossed in your purse or backpack - excellent for families on-the-go.
Related Side Note: I do worry sometimes about the chemicals in sunscreen, but I don't know enough about the "science of sunscreen" to make a good argument about whether it's better to wear it or to risk getting burned (If you do, please share!). Because I want to use the gentlest and least "severe" options on the market, I tend to wear baby sunscreen myself. I'm hoping that the labels ("extra gentle" - "naturally-sourced sunscreen ingredients" - "safe for baby") actually mean something.
YOUR TURN: What sunscreen do you wear? What brand is your favorite?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a pack of MD Moms baby silk babysafe sunscreen towelettes ($26). To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, July 14 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #17 Naomi. Congratulations!