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20 Best Sunscreens For Kids-Babies-2018-2019-Reviews

20 Best Sunscreens For Kids-Babies-2018-2019-Reviews

Best Sunscreens For Kids-Babies-2018-2019-Store shelves are stocked with an ever-growing range of formulas, ingredients, and SPF numbers. It can be a real challenge to figure out what you need and what will be safest for your child’s sensitive skin. We’re here to guide you to the brands that are the safest and most effective when it comes to protecting the skin of your kin!

Little ones should be wearing sunscreen after 6 months of age. Prior to hitting that milestone, Debbie Palmer, DO, a New York dermatologist and author of Beyond Beauty, stresses the importance of dressing your baby in protective clothing (like hats, sunglasses, and sleeves) and seeking shade when it’s appropriate.

Best Sunscreens For Kids-Babies-2018-2019-Palmer’s wisdom on sun safety for kids doesn’t stop there: “I recommend parents look for the ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in sunscreen products, and stay away from sprays that might expose young lungs to potentially harmful chemicals.”

Thankfully, she has a few product suggestions for us. Plus, the Skin Cancer Foundation made shopping for sunscreen way easier for parents. You can look for the foundation’s blue square Seal of Recommendation to know the product will be both safe and effective for your kids.

Read on to see a few of Dr. Palmer’s faves and plenty of other Skin Cancer Foundation-approved kids’ sunscreens. Plus, you’re not going to want to miss out on the best package deals to stock up!

Here are our 2018-2019 sunscreen & sunblock recommendations.

bluelizardsunscreen

1. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30.

This is sensitive, and chemical and fragrance free. What they mean by chemical free is it contains only the relatively low-risk chemical pigments Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Blue Lizard also went paraben-free as of 2012, which is somewhat rare on the sunscreen market. In our tests we found that it spread easily for a non-chemical sunscreen, which tend to be thicker than other sunscreens. It also worked at blocking the sun quite well. Our 3 test kiddos also had no adverse skin reactions, and none was even slightly pink by the end of the day (save for some toe areas we neglected to reach!). None of them complained about any eye stinging either, which I will say is rare in our household! So overall, this seems like a great option. It doesn’t contain any of the high risk chemicals, yet still does a great job preventing sunburn without burning a big hole in your wallet (maybe a little hole, but we think one that’s worth it). We used an 8.75 oz tube that we found for about $25 online, making it about $2.85/ounce. Also check out Blue Lizard’s FACE version.

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2. Think Baby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+.

Here is another excellent sensitive and chemical free option, but a bit more expensive than Blue Lizard. The Think Baby sunscreen only uses Zinc Oxide, one of the relatively low-risk chemical pigments that offer excellent sun protection. In fact, this particular sunscreen was the first to pass the Whole Foods rigid sunscreen inspection process (premium care requirements), and while we may not be huge fans of Whole Foods they’re known to be quite picky with what they consider Health & Beaty products. This sunscreen offers the highest possible protection of 50+ SPF, with the highest possible level of water resistance (80 minutes)! Note that these are FDA-established maximums for all sunscreens. In our tests, we found it quite thick and creamy and a bit difficult to spread (but certainly possible with some effort). We didn’t think it worked quite as well as the Blue Lizard, as one of our test kids was a bit pink on the shoulders after a day on the beach. But it was a hot day, and we didn’t follow the instructions to re-apply every couple hours (we did twice for the entire day). Overall, we think this is an excellent and effective sunscreen option. It is basically tied with #1 on our list except for the price. We use a 3 oz tube that we found for about $10 online, making it about $3.33 per ounce. By comparison, this is about twice the cost per ounce vs Blue Lizard; seems like a little, but it adds up for larger tubes.

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3. Alba Botanicals Kids Mineral Sunblock SPF 30.

We absolutely love Alba Botanicals, especially their sunscreen options for adults, like their Hawaiian Sunscreen SPF 45, which smells and works great without any high risk chemicals. This particular sunscreen is for kids and something they have marketed as “Mineral Sunblock” which is the same as #1 and #2, basically meaning that it uses Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide instead of some of the higher risk chemicals. Note that this isn’t the case with all of their Kids sunscreens: their SPF 45 version contains some of the moderate-risk chemicals listed above. This particular one, however, is quite good. It contains no parabens, artificial colors, or other harmful active or inactive ingredients. It is 100% vegetarian (no animal byproducts). It offers 40 minutes of water protection, and goes on smooth and thick without any oily residue. We also loved that it had very little odor. In our testing, it performed very well, protecting the 2 kids that used it on the beach (reapplied every 2 hours), without any evidence of sunburn. Overall, this is a great option. It is listed third for a few reasons. First, it’s somewhat harder to find than the others. Second, we didn’t like that some of the Alba Botanica Kids versions had some of the moderate-risk chemicals. However, it is a bit cheaper than the others, and we found it online for around $10 for 4 ounces, making it about $2.50 per ounce.

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4. Badger Balm Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30.

Also see the Baby version here. This is the simplest, 100% natural, and 95% organic sunscreen on our list. The Badger Balm sunscreen only contains 6 ingredients, the first being over 18% Zinc Oxide (that’s a high amount), and the rest some fancy oils and natural scents of citrus and vanilla. We thought it smelled great, and was a refreshingly simple option in an otherwise chemical-saturated sunscreen market. It offers 40 minutes of water protection. In our testing, we thought that it was rather thick and a bit too chalky white for our tastes. It also rubbed off a bit onto our swim suits (which washed off fine later). It did awesome in our beach testing though, with no signs of sunburn on our little ones, though we did reapply every 60-90 minutes or so. We also thought the scent was a bit overwhelming for one of our kids in particular, but not the other. The price was also a bit high, around $5 per ounce on average; the tube we tested was only 2.9 oz and cost us about $14. Note that Badger also makes a Baby Badger formula with chamomile rather than vanilla scent. We haven’t tried that one, but will update when we do.

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5. Sunology Kid & Baby Safe Mineral Natural Sunscreen SPF 50. This is relatively new to the baby sunscreen market, and it is getting rave reviews. We got the chance to test this out, and were very impressed with its performance. So was the Environmental Working Group (EWG), who recently rated it among their best kids sunscreens of the year. This is for good reason. It contains 10% Zinc Oxide, along with 7.5% Titanium Dioxide as active ingredients that do a great job blocking both UVA and UVB rays. This fragrance-free formula is great for sensitive skin, with no parabens or unsafe chemicals (like oxybenzone or avobenzone), and is made in the USA with cruelty-free ingredients and manufacturing practices. In our testing, we found that it stays on really well, with use around the beach, pool, and in sports. To achieve that performance, however, we also found that it had a pretty greasy hand-feel, and left you looking whiter than usual with a faint white film left on our faces. That tends to happen with most sunscreens using Oxides as active ingredients, though this one was a bit thicker and greasier feeling than several others on this list. We also found it to be pretty expensive, with a 2-ounce tube coming in at around $15 at most websites, which is about $7.50 per ounce, the most expensive on this list by far!

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6. Babyganics Pure Mineral-based Sunscreen SPF 50. Note that Babyganics has several sunscreen options, but only two of the ones we’ve found actually use only mineral-based active ingredients. These are the Mineral-based Lotion and the Mineral-based Stick. While all of the Babyganics options do not include PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances, and nano-particles, some of them do use active sunscreen ingredients other than zinc oxide and titanium oxide. Like all sunscreens using only mineral-based active ingredients, the Babyganics Pure Mineral-Based Sunscreen goes on quite thick but does rub in with a little effort. If it’s not rubbing in all the way, you’re probably using too much. In our tests, we found that it is excellent for highly sensitive skin as it doesn’t contain many common irritants. Our primary gripe with this sunscreen option is that the brand name “Babyganics” implies that this is an organic option, which it is not. That mislead us and likely many others; thus, while they’re making a great product, we’re not keen on their ethical values. In our testing, we re-applied every 40 minutes with use in water (pool or beach), and every couple hours without use in water. We didn’t experience any pinkness or burns. And the 2-pack of Babyganics sunscreen we purchased was about $15 for a total of 12 ounces, making this the cheapest on the list at about $1.25 per ounce.

, you’re not going to want to miss out on the best package deals to stock up!

1 Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Face Stick Sunscreen, SPF 50

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection

$26 for pack of three BUY NOW

*Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved

Best Sunscreen Stick for Everyone 

Keep a sunscreen stick in your diaper bag for easy on-the-go application. You can amp up your kid’s sun protection game with an iced coffee in one hand as you apply a little touch-up with the other. You may find that a stick sunscreen is easier to apply to a wiggly tot, too. Rub this natural formula from Aveeno on your kiddo’s cheeks, forehead, nose, and ears.

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2 Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

Babyganics Sunscreen

$17 for pack of two BUY NOW

*Recommended by Dr. Palmer

*Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved

Best Nourishing Sunscreen for Babies 

This mineral-based sunscreen will soothe your baby’s skin as it shields the sun’s rays. Remember:  The sun shines every day, so make sure your babe’s skin is also protected during those springtime strolls, fall picnics, and winter adventures.

3 Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

coppertone water babies pure and simple sunscreen lotion spf 50

$24 for pack of two BUY NOW

*Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved

Best for Babies and Toddlers Who Love Swimming 

You’ll want something that’s gentle on your kid’s skin, yet effective against the sun’s rays. This tear-free formula won’t sting or irritate eyes when your kid sweats. Plus, it’s made with aloe to prevent dryness, so it’ll softly moisturize skin every time it’s applied.

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4 Banana Boat Ultramist Kids Tear Free Lotion, SPF 50

Banana Boat Ultramist Kids Tear Free Lotion SPF 50

$26 for pack of three BUY NOW

*Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved

Best for Fast Reapplication 

When the kids are diving into the waves and digging up sand, frequent reapplication is necessary. Have your child turn around and give her a quick spray. In areas closer to the chest, and especially the face, spray the lotion into your hand first, then smear it on the spots where she’ll want protection from the sun. 

5 Alba Botanica Very Emollient Kids Sunscreen, SPF 45

alba bontanics very emollient kids suncreen spf 45

$20 for pack of two BUY NOW

*Recommended by Dr. Palmer

*Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved

Best for Kids With Dry Skin 

If you’re trying to make sunscreen a part of your kid’s daily routine, look for a moisturizing, tear-free formula that’s comfortable to wear every day, like this non-greasy option by Alba Botanica.

6 Pure Sun Defense Minions Paradise, SPF 50

Pure Sun Defense Minions Paradise Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

$14 BUY NOW

*Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved

Best for Kids With Allergies 

Pure Sun makes sunscreen that comes in bottles that feature your kid’s favorite movie characters, and we love this Minions version! The hypoallergenic formula will keep even those with sensitive skin and allergies comfortably protected from the sun’s rays. 

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7 NO-AD Kids Sun Care Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

NO-AD Kids Sun Care Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

$35 for pack of four BUY NOW

*Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved

Best for Stocking Up the Beach House 

This is one of the best deals online for quality sunscreen. The oversized bottles are perfect to keep on-hand by the pool and in the garage for before kids leave the house. While the bottles might be bulky to toss in your beach bag, we won’t tell anyone if you transfer the lotion to a smaller bottle and save big bucks on your sunscreen!

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But there is an upside. Here are the 19 sunscreen lotions that scored the EWG’s highest award, so go ahead and stock up on these top picks:
Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
1/19 Amazon
Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
All Good Kid's Sunscreen, SPF 30
2/19 ama
All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30
All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
3/19 Amazon
All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
4/19 Amazon
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35
5/19 Amazon
Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35
Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
6/19 Amazon
Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Baby, SPF 50
7/19 Amazon
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Baby, SPF 50
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
8/19 Amazon
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen, SPF 35
9/19 Amazon
BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen, SPF 35
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
10/19 Amazon
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Caribbean Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 30
11/19 Amazon
Caribbean Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 30
Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
12/19 Amazon
Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen, SPF 30
13/19 Amazon
Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen, SPF 30
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
14/19 Amazon
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50
15/19 Amazon
Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50
Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
16/19 Sunumbra
Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
ThinkSport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
17/19 Amazon
ThinkSport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
Tom's of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
18/19 Amazon
Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+
19/19 Amazon
TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+

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