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7 Things You Need to Know About Newborns and the Sun




7 Things You Need to Know About Newborns and the Sun


Summer is almost here! Here are 7 important things you need to know about your newborn and the summer sun.


#1 Babies should never be in direct sunlight, especially in the hottest part of the day.


#2 You should not use sunscreen on infants under the age of 6 months because they can cause a painful rash on baby's sensitive skin.


#3 Look for natural shade, like trees, to block the sun.


#4 If there is no natural shade, use an umbrella, tent, or canopy of a stroller.


#5 Use a bucket hat and protective clothing with at least a rating of 50 UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). (Coolibar has great stuff for babies and kids.)


#6 Don’t give your baby water; instead, hydrate them by nursing or giving them a bottle.


#7 Remember, baby’s can’t cool themselves by sweating in the same way adults do. Watch carefully for signs of overheating like red skin or fussiness. If you see any signs, get them to a cooler spot ASAP.


Have more questions about newborns? We would love to talk with you or have you enroll in one of our childbirth education classes!


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