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8 best mineral sunscreens for your whole family (that really work) ☀️

The best part? Knowing your family will be sunburn and chemical-free.

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Easily one of the most grueling tasks of parenthood is applying sunscreen—it typically involves wrestling a squirming child and getting an elbow to your face. And we have to do it roughly every 90 minutes on sunny days!

The FDA found stating that certain sunscreen chemicals can enter the bloodstream after just 24 hours. Yikes. Ingredients we want to avoid: Oxybenzone (this one is responsible for bleaching coral reefs!), avobenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule. More to know: The FDA is currently undergoing a major sunscreen re-evaluation, but, it has declared two minerals to be safe—zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City, says that mineral sunscreen can be a better option for kids and babies. "[Their skin] is much more sensitive than that of adults. So we have to be extra careful in what sunscreens we apply on them. Mineral sunscreens are less likely to cause skin irritation or allergies as compared to chemical UV blockers. Plus, mineral blockers like zinc oxide, actually have skin soothing benefits, which is why it is the main ingredient used in diaper creams.

So, we tested tons and tons of mineral sunscreens comprising zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and came up with a list of our five favorites. In addition to them being safe, it was also hugely important to us for our picks to be moisturizing and easy to apply. Because there's nothing worse than lathering on a sunscreen that feels like glue and leaves a thick white residue, right? Well, actually, super oily sunscreens are pretty awful, too. Rest assured, our picks are just right.

Check out our favorite mineral sunscreens below:


Hello Bello mineral sunscreen 

Hello Bello spf

Why it's our fave: If you're thinking you're priced out of mineral sunscreens—and we understand why, the cost of some of our faves are tough to swallow, especially if you have multiple kids—fear not, because Hello Bello is the answer.

From Hollywood A-listers Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd, Hello Bello is an organic, affordable line of baby products that includes a Mineral Sunscreen. Let's just say we were prepared to be unimpressed with this product…and then we used it for a week straight on our kids. Non-greasy and delicious-smelling, it rubs on easily (no residue!) and has the broad-spectrum protection we need. And it's the cheapest option on our list!

Hot tip: We love their new mineral sunscreen stick, for easy application for faces and top of the ears.

$8.78

Baby Bum sunscreen spray

baby bum mineral 50 spray

Why it's our fave: The plant-based formula has a blend of coconut oil and shea butter so it'll leave the kiddos with super-soft skin, even after a day out in the sun. This is is specifically formulated for your little ones and is water-resistant up to 80 minutes. It's not greasy and the spray means you can lather down even the squirmiest child.

It's SPF 50 and works great for the face and body, making it a great one to just toss in your bag for broad-spectrum protection all summer long.

$13.99

Vivaiodays Turmeric Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Vivaiodays Turmeric Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Why it's our fave: This reef-safe sunscreen combines non-nano zinc oxide with the ancient magic of turmeric to create a lightweight formula that blends right in. Made from 100% natural organic ingredients like sea buckthorn fruit oil, calendula flower extract and shea butter, it's ideal for sensitive baby skin but works equally well as a facial sunscreen for mamas —all without skimping on protection. It packs an SPF of 30 and is water resistant for 40 minutes.

The smooth application and light scent means even the most sunscreen-averse kiddos will let you slather it on without (too much) protest.

$24

Thinkbaby

Thinkbaby

Why it's our fave: The people have spoken, and they've crowned Thinkbaby as their favorite. We have to agree with the 2,000+ Amazon reviewers who have made this sunscreen a bestseller for the retailer. Thinkbaby has received a perfect safety score from the EWG (Environment Working Group) every year since 2010 and it was the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements.

Created with safety for families in mind and made in the USA, the brand also offers a mineral-based kids sport sunscreen with SPF 50 and a regular sport SPF 50. And after testing all of them on our families, we can say the proof is in the pudding… er, broad-spectrum sunscreen. We loved the citrus-y smell and the fact that it glides on baby and adult skin alike. At this price point, it's worth stocking up on.

$9.89

bioClarity SunShady

sunshady bioclariy mineral sunscreen

Why it's our fave: This natural mineral sunscreen is practically skincare. It goes on super smooth, coming out of the bottle with a greenish-blue tint—it's very liquid-like so it's easy to spread around easily (a little goes a long way!). It uses 100% mineral zinc oxide to protect skin from everything from UV rays to blue light and environmental stressors.

We love that it's plant-based (it has jojoba in it!) and that it absorbs quickly so you don't have any leftover residue. This one for the body is SPF 30, but they also have a face-specific one that is designed for blemish-prone skin.

$29.95

Supergoop! Play! mineral sunscreen mist

Supergoop! Mist

Why it's our fave: If you're looking to make SPF a lifestyle and not just a beach-day application, Supergoop is your answer. A cult favorite with beauty types, Supergoop combines sunscreen and skincare into one seamless line of products—the company motto, after all is, "Healthy skin starts with daily SPF."

While the original Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 is beloved by beauty editors everywhere as a daily moisturizer and the Sunnyscreen Mineral Lotion is great for babies six months and older, we were completely smitten with the ultra-lightweight, water-resistant, non-aerosol Supergoop Play! Mineral Sunscreen Mist.

Unlike other mineral mists, this one sprayed on white but with a few swipes of your hand, rubs in beautifully and doesn't dry out your skin. Packed with marigold extract, the zinc-oxide based sunscreen will leave you and your kiddos smelling delish.

$34

La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral

Why it's our fave: All hail La Roche-Posay! The brand's Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk has received a perfect score of 100 from Consumer Reports five years in a row, so it was a no-brainer for us to demo the natural version, Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen.

Let us be clear: This is the fanciest sunscreen on our list. With a spa-like scent, Anthelios feels like something that would be slathered on your face during a facial. Milky and moisturizing, it blends easily onto the skin and can be used on face and body and is safe for adults and kids alike.

The downside? The price… but this is a case in which you get what you pay for. And trust us when we say it's money well spent.

$29.99

Blue Lizard

Blue Lizard

Why it's our fave: Blue Lizard is the workhorse sunscreen on our list. Developed more than 20 years ago in Australia, where sunscreen standards have stronger water resistance claims, this is the best safe sunscreen for busy mamas.

Why? We love the "smart bottle technology," where the cap on Blue Lizard's sunscreen turns blue in harmful UV light—reminding multitasking moms that it's time to reapply! It's water resistant for 80 minutes, paraben- and fragrance-free, and most importantly, it blends into your skin like a dream.

Need more proof? Read why one of our editors is obsessed with this brand here.

$14.99

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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Errands and showers are not self-care for moms

Thinking they are is what's burning moms out.

A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

But my little running joke with my friend is actually a big problem. Because why is the absence of paper towels the thing that prompts me to get a break? And why on earth is buying paper towels considered a break for moms?

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