Sun and your newborn
Protect that delicate skin as you enjoy the outdoors together.
Your newborn should not be exposed to the direct sun at all. Babies’ skins are very sensitive and their eyes are still adjusting to the bright world they have entered.
But that does not mean that on a beautiful sunny day you need to sit inside. There is no harm for baby to be outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, but you do need to take a few precautions.
- Dress her lightly, but ensure that she is fully covered. A light long sleeve vest or top, with leggings will be perfect.
- Make sure the pram has a hood and that it is covering her, so that she is mostly in the shade.
- If you are holding her, then either put a floppy, wide brimmed hat on her head or keep her head and face lightly covered with a muslin cloth – especially if you are sitting in the sun and breastfeeding.
The sun is at its most harmful from 11am to 3pm so try to avoid being in the sun during these hours.What sun safety tips do you have?