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Protect against the sun

February 11, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Diane

A combination of gloomy January days and the gloomy news of the credit crunch may have spurred you on to take a winter break abroad to escape to some sunshine. If you have a baby as part of your preparation and planning you need to consider the effects of the sun on your baby’s skin and go suitably prepared. A baby’s skin is exceptionally delicate and is therefore at a greater risk from sun damage than adult skin is. You need to find a sun cream that is designed to protect baby skin and is practical to apply.

You’ll also need to give some thought to the protection provided by your pushchair or pram. There are plenty of accessories available for pushchairs that can help to protect your baby from the sun. Parasols and shades that can be fitted to the hood or the pram are a must if you are travelling to a warm climate. Shades will also help to minimise overheating in babies which will cause upset and crying.

The baby’s eyes also need protection from the sun. The sun glaring into the face of the baby will cause upset, so think about some baby sunglasses. Unlike adult sunglasses they are elasticated to fit around the baby’s head and can be adjusted to size. However your baby may not appreciate wearing sunglasses so if this is the case opt for the traditional shades for the pram.

If you are looking for baby as a friend or family member then a gift basket including the entire sun protection essentials is an unusual and practical present.

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