So I see an article today linking to this about the "best sunscreens." I don't know about the rest of you, but in this silly town there is no way I'm going to find any of these sunscreens locally. Most aren't on Amazon or if they are they've got outrageous shipping charges or they're 2oz for $20. Let's be practical 2oz isn't going to last a weekend.
Aiden has an SPF shirt, shorts, and hat, but well there are still exposed body parts! And I know we'll be going for walks in the middle of the day when I'm home in the month cause it won't be 102º there like it was here today.
I have the BX version of water babies that I used last summer, but reading the label and see the above posted site has me all paranoid.
Why does sunscreen have to be so complicated?!
Anyways......so what sunscreen are you going to be using this summer on your LOs (any yourself)?
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
We don't use sunscreen often. We're just careful about sun exposure, a little at a time. I've read that site and a few others (if that site made you paranoid, you don't want to look any further cause there are worse ones). I have one bottle of a really good rated sunscreen from there that I ordered online, it's in the camper, I'll check tomorrow to see which one it is. I don't use it much though. That 3 oz goes a long way! It was pretty expensive though. But I've had it since the beginning of last summer and I'm just now getting to where I probably will need another bottle soon. We tend to play outside in the evening when the heat goes down and the shade trees cover the play areas. If we walk, we do it in town in neighborhoods that have tons of shade trees. I make sure Grady wears a shirt, board shorts, tennis shoes and a hat, then I just put a little on his arms, cheeks and ears (depending on which hat he wears).
Think about it this way. It is expensive, but only because you are comparing it to the price of mass produced "harmful" products and that's the only price you've ever known. Does that make sense? That's how I reason out buying more expensive organic food and more expensive all natural products (soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc). It's all about your reference point.
Last edited by momW; 05-24-2011 at 10:39 PM.
Funny you brought this up. A friend of mine just posted this..
Mom of 3 beautiful babes!
1 mth 6mth, 11mth
Jackie - let me know what kind you want. I'd be happy to buy it for you and send it to you.
I use waterbabies.....the stick (looks like a gluestick) and the stuff in a the tube for the arms/legs.
There's just no avoiding sunscreen here in Tucson. We use Alba Botanica on ourselves and on Teagan. Well, actually, DH uses whatever giant tub of SPF 50 Sport he can find. I CAN NOT STAND the feeling and smell of most sunscreens. This is the main reason I shell out the cash for Alba. I can't feel it and the scented ones are lovely. As far as I can tell, the only difference between the kids and the regular is that the kids version isn't scented. It's not the cheapest but it's also not the priciest. I'm sure there's somewhere on-line you can get it with free shipping. Even if you have to get a lot of it. It's not like it goes bad!
Erin- that's funny about DH. My DH's motto during the summer is "Apply early, Apply often". He's got really blonde hair and very light skin. He slathers on sunscreen all summer, the more the better.
Jackie if you do want to spend the extra money it probably is worth it since you might not use the whole bottle this year and will have the leftovers for next year. Im not sure how sunny it is in TX, but in Ny, our summer isnt bad..
Mom of 3 beautiful babes!
1 mth 6mth, 11mth
I just use whatever baby sunblock I can find that looks good at the time. I also use baby sunblock on my own face. When we were in Miami and went to the beach/pool we used Banana Boat Baby SPF 100. When we went to the beach I had both kids slathered up everywhere! Even on Luke's bald head, LOL . Plus he had on spf swim trunks and top and a hat.
But usually, when we aren't on vacation, I try to swim, go for walks, etc. later in the evening when I don't have to worry about sunscreen. Plus when it's 100 degrees with 80% humidity like it can get in the summer here, you do not want to be outside in the middle of the day! I would like to buy organic sunscreen, but it's hard to find and expensive at the stores I usually shop at. We have one health food store, but I don't usually go there b/c it's not located very conveniently to me. But we did just get a Trader Joes, and I was reading in their mailing about their brand of sunscreen, and it's not expensive at all. I think I'm going to get some.