Newborn basics for every parent and caregiver, part five

No matter where you live, the sun probably comes out and no matter what time of year your baby is born, he or she is bound to be exposed to the sun. Please take care of your baby’s new delicate skin and make sure your Au Pair or other caregiver know what to do to care for your child’s skin every day.

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Basic rule number five:  Practice smart sun protection

Sunlight may be a mood-lifter, but it’s a tricky thing for new parents. You don’t want to expose your baby to the chemicals in sunscreens, but you don’t want a sunburn either. The best option, says Dana, is to cover up with loose clothing and sunhats, pick shady spots when outdoors and try to stay out of the day’s strongest sunlight, between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.

But that’s not always possible, so “if you must choose between sunburn and sunscreen, choose the sunscreen,” says Dana. “The risk from a burn is higher than the risk from the chemicals.” Apply it every two hours (only to exposed skin), and keep in mind that some sunscreens are considered safer for babies than others. “Check the list released by the Environmental Working Group,” advises Dana. “In general, zinc-based sunscreens are best.”



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