Summertime Skincare for the Family
I don’t know what it’s been like where you live, but summertime is finally upon us in the Pacific Northwest. (for this week, at least…) When Caleb was born it was November and rainy and cold. It was easy for me to stay bundled up in the house with him until he was older. Josiah, on the other hand, is only 18 days old and both big brother and I are itching to get out and about to enjoy the sunshine. Being cooped up in the house doesn’t sounds appealing to either of us.
Getting out in the sunshine is difficult for my family because I’m pale and white and burnable. Unfortunately I passed that trait down to Caleb. So far it’s looking like Josiah has inherited his daddy’s olive complexion but I still am concerned for his little baby skin. I want to make sure both my boys and I are keeping our skin healthy so my diaper bag is full of summer sunshine protection for all three of us.
Here are some tips for keeping you and your littles’ skin safe this summer
It’s not only our skin we need to be thinking about, we also should be making sure our eyes are protected too. I do my best to always have a pair of sunglasses with me so that my baby blues are protected from the sun’s rays.
For the Toddler
Caleb loves wearing hats so I do my best to keep a fun, floppy hat available for my little man to wear while we’re basking in the sunshine. The hat creates shade and keeps the sun from his face.
If your toddler adores wearing sunglasses like my little one does, consider picking up a pair (or seven since they’re bound to get lost!) to protect their little eyes. Caleb’s blue eyes need protecting and I’m going to do all I can to protect them.
Even though toddlers can wear sunscreen, it’s still great to keep them in clothes that cover larger percentages of their skin. Lightweight clothing is key here! I make sure Caleb is in a long sleeved rash guard while swimming in order to protect his skin as much as I can. Yes, I’m that mom.
Find a sunscreen that is strong enough but gentle enough for your little one. Kids sunscreens are important to keep on your toddler and make sure you’re reapplying it as often (or more often) as recommended.