Once your baby reaches 6 months old, something magical seems to happen. Suddenly they are making moves to sit up and are taking a real interest in the outside world. Their skin is also getting a little more mature and resilient which means that whilst you should still follow the basic baby sun exposure guidelines (see below for a recap), you can make a couple of changes to their sun care routine.
The first is that you can start to use sunscreen as part of their daily sun care. Don’t forget that here in Australia, sun care is needed pretty much all year round, so building sunscreen into their normal, daily routine is a sensible action. But don’t rely on this as the only method of sun protection – you’ll still need to use all the other methods of sun protection, such as hats and shade.
The second is that during low UV times (when the UV is three or below), you can start to expose your baby to limited amounts of direct sunlight without using sun protection.
The key word here is “limited” which is open to interpretation and is ultimately up to you as the parent. As a guideline however, it means just a few minutes. The older your baby is, the more you can increase this limit but, in all probability, 10 minutes in direct sunlight may be too much for most babies.
Also, don’t forget that if you are at the beach or near snow (or other reflective surfaces) you’ll still need to use all the methods of sun protection on your baby even during the low UV times.
As a recap, here are the basic baby sun exposure guidelines:
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