Best And Worst Sunscreens For Babies And Kids

Know what's in that bottle before you lather up your kiddos!

Parents, I think you will agree me with here: Putting sunscreen on your children is one of the worst parts of summer. They squirm, they whine, they run away. When my kids see me break out the sunscreen, they tend to react like this:

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And, then once you finally catch them and get it rubbed in, it’s sticky. It stinks. It becomes a magnet for dirt and sand and God knows what. Or, if you’re my husband, you don’t really end up rubbing it in and then your child walks around looking like a scary clown.

But, all that suffering aside, the most important thing is making sure that your kids are well protected from the harmful rays of the sun, and that the sunscreen you are using isn’t chock-full of harmful chemicals.

So what are some of the best and the worst options? Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2017 Guide to Suncreens, which ranks the best and the worst of the bunch.

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If you have a infant, EWG says you can’t go wrong with Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen. It scores a 1 (the top score), meaning that it is free of any dangerous chemicals, including hormone-disruptors. Badger Baby SunCream also scored high (or low, rather, receiving the top score of 1.)


Alternatively, the EWG advises parents to steer clear of Coppertone Sunscreen Water Babies Foaming Lotion (as it has an SPF of 70) and Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70 for the same reason.

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