Best Natural Sunscreens for Baby

8 natural sunscreens you’ll feel safe slathering on your baby.

Best Natural Sunscreens for Baby

Summer’s finally here, and we’re itching to spend as much time as possible soaking in the rays. Safely, of course. And that goes double for baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should try to keep babies under 6 months out of the sun, but if they are exposed, make sure to use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. For babies older than 6 months, they say, lather, lather, lather.

Experts also say you should invest in new sunscreen every summer, and with all the great options out there, there’s just no excuse not to go natural. Before you take that that itty bitty baby out, stock up on one of our top picks in our annual list of natural sunscreens for baby.

1. Evereden™ Premium Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

A newcomer to the skincare scene, Evereden's entire line of nontoxic skincare products -- including its mineral sunscreen -- are made specifically for children. Evereden's sunscreen is filled with luxurious ingredients that mama will love, like Green Tea, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. And since it absorbs quickly and leaves no white film, you can bet your little one will love it too. Buy it here.

2. thinkbaby Safe Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

When it comes to safe sunscreens, thinkbaby takes, well, the thinking out of the equation. It's not only been rated 1 (that's the best!) by EWG since 2010, but it's also the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements. There's no Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, or UV Chemical absorbers and it's got the highest level of SPF protection and water resistance you can get. Buy it here.

3. The Honest Company Sunscreen Spray.

Since you're probably already shopping with Honest on the weekly, throw some sunscreen into your basket too! We love the pure, hypoallergenic, mineral-based formulation, and you can't beat the non-greasy spray application for a wiggly baby. Buy it here.

4. babo botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion

babo's non-nano formulation offers high UVB/UVA protection, including 18.4% Zinc, the most effective and safest sunscreen ingredient. It'a also got skin-soothing certified organic oilseed and is not only free of nasties, but also common allergens like gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, almonds and walnuts. Buy it here.

5. Badger Balm Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream, Chamomile & Calendula.

Don't get fooled by the sweet (and USDA Certified Organic) ingredients in Badger's baby sunscreen; it's as protective as they come. It contains non-nano Zinc Oxide to protect from both UVA & UVB rays, it's water & sweat resistant for 40 minutes and there's no need to wait before sunning -- it works immediately upon application. Buy it here.

6. California Baby Super Sensitive™ (No Fragrance) Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen

For those with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies, California Baby's unfragranced, PABA free, mineral-based sunscreen is perfect. The active ingredient is a highly micronized titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. Buy it here.

7. Alba Botanica Kids Sunscreen Clear Spray SPF 50

This air-powered, earth-friendly spray will make your beach days with baby a little easier. The formulation is hypo-allergenic, gluten-free and biodegradable, and it's also free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA, nano-sunscreens and Vitamin A (which is a major pregnancy plus!). The lovely light scent is the perfect finish. Buy it here.

8. Babyganics Mineral Based Sunscreen SPF 50+ Fragrance Free

A Well Rounded staff fave (for the babies, kids and even moms among us!), Babyganics' mineral- based SPF formula glides on smooth and doesn't leave that chalky white residue. It's non-allergenic and tear free, and includes Babyganics' exclusive 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend to help nurture and support baby's skin. Buy it here.

Photo by Andre Mohamed on Unsplash.

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