Monday, August 9, 2010

How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen on Your Toddler?

Much to the chagrin of my husband, I'm not a beach person. Sure I love the sound of the ocean, the smell of the salt water, the gorgeous view. But none of those things make up for the sand. I hated the sand well before I had a baby. Sand sticking to me everywhere. Hot sand beneath my feet. The five mile trek to the bathrooms through that hot, heavy, sticking to me everywhere sand? Torture. And now that I have a babe in tow, it's even worse. Ever try to prevent your curious, crawling toddler from eating mouth fulls of sand? That's the opposite of relaxing.

So Dave had a fabulous idea - let's go to the pool AT the beach. All the good parts of the ocean, without the bad. Yay! Here's Nate enjoying his Mum-Mum poolside:

He's only shirtless because we found a spot in the shade. I've been a freak (um, I mean diligent mom) about slathering the sunscreen on Nate. I've tried a few non-toxic brands and my favorite is Episencial Sunny Sunscreen. Not sure if your sunscreen is non-toxic? Check out the best and worst sunscreens at Environmental Working Group. Keep in mind that just because the sunscreen may be formulated for babies does not mean it's non-toxic. Check out these "baby" sunscreens that are chock full of problematic ingredients.

But it occurred to me today that I didn't know how often I should be reapplying the sunscreen when we're going to be in the sun for an extended period of time. It looks like the experts (including Mayo Clinic) advise reapplying at least every two hours. Of course you have to take into account a lot of factors including the time of day, whether you've been in the water or sweating and the SPF you're using. I just play it safe and reapply the sunscreen on Nate every three to five minutes.
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