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What Sunscreen Should I Buy For My Baby?


You slather sunscreen on your baby to protect him - but according to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group's 2009 study of some 1,572 sunscreens and other sun-blocking products, four out of five either contain harmful chemicals or offer too little protection. 

The good news: It's easy to find safe sunscreens. Especially when it comes to picking a product for your child, EWG recommends:

  • Look for products that contain at least 7% zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients
  • Stay away from those containing oxybenzone benzophenome-3, which can cause health problems
  • Avoid spray and powder sunscreen products, which can be inhaled
  • Avoid sun protection containing fragrance, which can cause allergies
  • Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30

Among the widely available sunscreens that EWG says are safe and effective for babies are:

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