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Top 3 Natural Sunscreens for Babies & Kids


After a long winter, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! The sun gives us lots of vitamin D, but at the same time it can cause some pretty serious sun damages especially to the delicate skin of babies and kids.

One of the best ways to protect babies and kids from sunburns is by applying sunscreen on them. However, choosing the right sunscreen can be a hard task.  Given the many recent reports on the adverse reactions some children have had from some sunscreens such as the Banana Boat Sunscreen, parents have to be extra vigilant when choosing a sunscreen for their youngsters. 

I have always tried to use more natural products for my children, after hearing the Banana Boat Sunscreen story, I research some more on the best and most natural sunscreens for babies and kids. The amount of information out there is pretty overwhelming. Even though there’s a ton of articles on the most recommended sunscreens for kids, they don’t help much because the lists are still too long. You still end up having a hard time narrowing down your choices.  

To make things easier you, I have summarized some key points to help you decide on the right sunscreen for your little ones.

When looking for a sunscreen for kids you should follow these general guidelines:

Broad spectrum (protection against UVA and UVB rays) with SPF 30 or higher

  • Non-irritating and hypo-allergenic.
  • Minimally perfumed or non-perfumed.
  • Non-comedogenic 
  • EWG approved
  • Look for products that use zinc oxide

According to the EWG, you should avoid the following when looking for a sunscreen.

  • Sunscreen with vitamin A.Research shows that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate or retinol.
  • Oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and can disrupt the hormone system.

Here are the TOP 3 natural sunscreens that we recommend based on the ingredients, reviews online and from other mom friends. 

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Badger is one of the most trusted brand in the natural products world and Badger Baby is one of the most natural sunscreen you can find in the market. It is rated 1 by the EWG. It contains non-nano Zinc Oxide to protect from both UVA & UVB rays and a combination of all organic natural ingredients. I use this one for my younger child who two since she was a baby.

Why we love this sunscreen:

  • Certified Natural
  • Biodegradable
  • Broad Spectrum Protection
  • Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Top rated sunscreen (with the highest rating of 1) by the EWG
  • Pediatrician tested
  • Water resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Some things to know:

  • The price point of this sunscreen is pretty high but consider it’s the most natural sunscreen you can find, I consider it worth the extra money. A little really goes a long way. 
  • It is a bit more greasy than your usual sunscreens and can take a little while to absorb into the skin, so your child may look all covered in white in a little while. 

This is a great sunscreen that a lot of moms like including myself. It is water-resistant, mineral-based and broad-spectrum. I use this one for my older child who is almost 6. He likes it because it absorpts really fast and is not very sticky.

Why we love this sunscreen:

  • Top Rated by EWG
  • Highest SPF – SPF 50. .
  • Non-oily easy to apply formula.
  • Fast absorption
  • First sunscreen to pass Whole Foods’ Premium Care Requirements
  • The price is mid-range and affordable

Some things to consider:

  • The tube is relatively small

This is a hypoallergenic sunscreen, chemical-free sunscreen for children. Light and fragrance-free. With gluten-free and Organic Certified ingredients, it’ll leave your little girl or boy with skin that is soft, safe, and healthy too.

Why we love this sunscreen:

  • Certified Ecocert
  • Gluten Free
  • Health Canada Approved
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-nano
  • Non-silicone coated
  • Non-Whitening
  • Water/sweat resistant
  • Biodegradable
  • Non-greasy

Some things to consider:

  • This sunscreen has a relatively high price point because of its organic ingredients

In addition to the sunscreens, I also recommend a really good hat for UV protection. It’s called a Breathable Sun Hat and has 50 UPF. This hat is great because it gives added protection to little ones especially babies. It’s best-selling on Amazon.ca.

  • 100% cotton
  • Drawstring head adjustment ensures good fit and longer use
  • Breathable 50+ UPF cotton for best sun protection and comfort
  • Chin-straps ensure hat stay-on when windy or baby pulls
  • Light weight and easily foldable to fit in a pocket
  • Front brim is strengthened to stay up

1 thought on “Top 3 Natural Sunscreens for Babies & Kids

  1. thanks for this! I love the Green Beaver (and it’s a canadian company) the Badger woah that’s too thick so my daughter complains about the whiteness on her skin! But great post!

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