Whether you’re looking for a baby sunscreen that’s budget-friendly, cruelty free or extra gentle for sensitive, eczema-prone skin, you’ll find it here. Pair with UPF-rated clothing, limit time in the midday sun, and reapply sunscreen regularly to prevent burning.
Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
The Thinkbaby sunscreen, like its older sibling Thinksport Kids, is a mineral sunscreen, also known as a physical sunscreen. It has the highest level of water resistance, and will maintain its SPF for 80 minutes in the water.
Available at amazon.com, $7.97 for 3 ounces.
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion
Does your baby have eczema-prone skin? This popular drugstore brand features a zinc oxide formula that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. It's free of fragrance, parabens, dyes, phthalates and chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin.
Available at neutrogena.com, $12.99 for 3 ounces.
Bare Rebublic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Baby SPF 50
This mineral body lotion contains a zinc oxide formula and is free of chemical sunscreens, preservatives and synthetic fragrances, as well as being cruelty free. It also contains ingredients such as aloe, shea butter and chamomile extract to soothe sensitive baby skin.
Available at gobareoutside.com, $14.99 for 3.4 fluid ounces.
Tom's of Maine Baby Sunscreen SPF 30
The sunscreen lotion from this popular toothpaste brand contains only five ingredients, including zinc oxide, beeswax and sunflower seed oil. It contains no artificial colors, fragrances or preservatives and has not been tested on animals.
Available at amazon.com, $11.35 for 3 ounces.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen -- Baby Sunscreen SPF 30
If you prefer a mineral sunscreen (these block the sun with a physical barrier, not chemicals), Blue Lizard is your best budget-friendly bet. This lotion is top-rated by both consumers and the Environmental Working Group, which reviews sunscreens based on ingredient safety. Fun fact: The bottle turns a pink when UV rays are present to remind you it's time to apply, so it’s great for extended outings in the sun.
Available at amazon.com, $24.99 for 8.75 ounces.
Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion
A great pick for your everyday sunscreen, Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple protects baby skin without busting your budget. The SPF 50 chemical sunscreen is hypoallergenic and free from fragrances and dyes. Plus, aloe and other moisturizers soothe sensitive skin.
Available at target.com, $8.89 for 6 ounces.
California Baby Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen
Another EWG favorite, California Baby’s mineral sunscreen combines zinc oxide with titanium dioxide and has been a recommended pick from natural-product mavens for years. The allergy-tested formula has no added fragrances, common allergens or irritants that can bother sensitive skin, and it doesn't sting the eyes.
Available at californiababy.com, $39.99 for 6 ounces.
Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50
Applying an SPF cream to sandy skin can be difficult and even painful, so we love Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Spray for beach trips. Another plus: You won't find any of the "P" words (PABA, phthalates or parabens) in this formula.
Available at target.com, $9.79 for 6 ounces.
TruKid Sunny Days Sport SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
Always in and out of the water with your baby? You need a sunblock with robust water resistance, like TruKid Sport. Zinc oxide blocks the rays, while aloe and coconut, jojoba and sunflower oils moisturize that soft baby skin. This formula goes on easily and won't leave a white residue behind. When you're playing in the water, be sure to reapply every 80 minutes or each time you towel off.
Available at amazon.com, $13.07 for 3.5 ounces.
Aveeno Baby Sensitive Skin Facial Sunscreen Stick SPF 50
The Aveeno Baby stick may be small, but it's a must-have in your baby bag. When you're at the playground or on the beach for an extended time, this zinc oxide and titanium dioxide stick is easy to apply and reapply to baby's face (and your own) as needed. Don’t forget those ears!
Available at walgreens.com, $8.97 for .5 ounces.
Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
Badger’s zinc oxide sunscreen cream is scented with chamomile and calendula, both known for their soothing properties, so try it on lazy summer days at the park. It scores high on the EWG’s list of sunscreens, and on many mom lists, and is safe for sensitive skin.
Available at amazon.com, $13.59 for 2.9 ounces.
Coola Mineral Baby SPF 50 Organic Sunscreen Lotion
Coola's baby SPF isn't your cheapest option, but this mineral sunscreen is free of preservatives and parabens, which can irritate sensitive skin. Use it when you want to coat your baby in more than 70 percent certified organic ingredients, including moisturizing shea and cocoa butters, as well as sunflower and sesame seed oils, which help boost SPF protection.
Available at amazon.com, $36 for 3 fluid ounces.
— Eva Ingvarson Cerise, Julie Seguss & Kelly Aiglon
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