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At Walmart, we are proud to partner with companies that take the task of creating sunscreen for babies and other skincare products seriously.

Sun safety is important for the whole family, but your baby is especially vulnerable to the heat and the sun’s rays. For starters, they’re not yet able to get themselves out of the sun, so it’s up to you to protect them before you head out.

At Walmart, we are proud to partner with wonderful companies that offer the best in sun protection for your family. Let us introduce you to the best sunscreen brands for babies so you can make an informed choice about which one’s best for your little one.

6 Sunscreen Brands for Babies at Walmart:

  1. Thinkbaby
  2. Live Clean
  3. Aveeno
  4. Coppertone
  5. Equate
  6. Banana Boat
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Thinkbaby

Baby with Bottle

“Our mission as a company is to provide safe consumer products.” Kevin Brodwick, Thinkbaby founder.

With a team of doctors and scientists, Thinkbaby makes award-winning sunscreens without using harmful chemicals. They’re adamantly against aerosol sunscreens and never test their products on animals. Even the company’s 4-and-6-ounce sunscreen tubes are BPA-free.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Thinkbaby not only complies with safety regulations, it’s determined to stay ahead of the curve. Kevin Brodwick founded Thinkbaby after becoming aware of harmful chemicals found in everyday products. This company worked with a team of physicians and scientists to bring the first BPA-free baby bottle to market. Thinkbaby has expanded its line of PBA-free baby products to include BPA-free feeding sets, sippy cups, baby shampoo and body wash, baby lotion and more (available at Walmart). The company offers sunscreen for the whole family as well as a trusted sunscreen line for babies—all in the name of helping to keep baby safe.

 

2

Live Clean

Baby Shampoo

“With Live Clean, you can feel good knowing that you’re making healthier choices every day for you and the Earth.”

A Canadian company founded in 2006, Live Clean creates eco-friendly, plant-based and natural products for the whole family. Using ingredients like oatmeal and shea cocoa butter, Live Clean manufactures sunscreen as well as shampoo, conditioner, cleansers, and moisturizers for the whole family.

Live Clean also specializes in a perfume-free line of skincare products for baby—including sunscreen for baby—all made in Canada. Their line of mineral sunscreens offers SPF 45 protection and is certified 97% plant-derived and natural based.

3

Aveeno

Baby Lotion

“At Aveeno, everything is rooted in our belief that balance is the key to well-being.” 

Two Canadian brothers, Albert and Sydney Musher, founded Aveeno in 1945. Their first product was a soothing bath. Five years later, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion was born. It’s the #1 selling brand of lotion among Canadian women.

Their naturally-sourced ingredients are in all Aveeno Baby products. This line includes mineral sunscreen as well as body wash, shampoo, moisturizers and baby wipes. It also has a baby line of skincare products for sensitive skin and another to help ease eczema symptoms. Aveeno is now part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

4

Coppertone

Baby in the Shade

“Coppertone is committed to providing consumers with innovative, quality and safe sun-care products based on science, rigorous testing and high standards.”

American company Coppertone got its start in 1944. Its tanning lotion was the first commercial sun care product on the market. Coppertone pioneered the SPF system in 1972 and continues to innovate in the way sunscreen is made and applied. Its sunscreen lines include Water Babies, Pure & Simple, Sport, Sensitive Skin and more. Coppertone offers lotion, spray, stick and whipped formats.

The company’s Pure & Simple sunscreen line offers a baby sunscreen lotion that is designed for baby’s sensitive skin. Coppertone is still a leader in sun protection, and it continues to innovate in the way sunscreen is made and applied.

5

Equate

Baby and Mother “To get a good deal on health and beauty products, consider Walmart’s Equate brand.”

CBS News named Equate one of the best money-saving generic brands available. Equate is Walmart’s own health and beauty brand. Equate creates products to help you meet your pharmacy, diet and fitness, grocery, and baby needs by offering quality products at affordable prices.

Equate Baby features gentle products to help wash, comfort, feed and soothe your baby. It also has a sunscreen for babies. Walmart is proud to offer this complete collection of high-quality essential items for the whole family at reasonable prices.

6

Banana Boat

Baby on the Beach “The Canadian Cancer Society is happy to partner with Banana Boat Canada to help educate Canadians on the importance of sun safety and how to reduce their risk of skin cancer.”

Banana Boat founder Robert Bell decided to package his non-greasy formula in a tube instead of a bottle—it worked, and Banana Boat was born … in his garage! Bell was also the first to use aloe vera in commercial after-sun care. Banana Boat offers lotions, oils, sprays and sticks for Baby, Sport, Kids, and Face.

This sunscreen brand’s Simply Protect Baby sunscreen line now offers sunscreen protection for babies in lotion and new stick form. This sunscreen formula for babies contains 25% fewer ingredients, is tear-free, lightweight and SPF 50.

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Why does your baby need sunscreen?

The Canadian Paediatric Society notes that without sun protection, a child can get a sunburn in minutes, even on a cloudy day. The CPS also reports that severe sunburns and lots of unprotected time in the sun have been linked to the development of skin cancer later in life. Health Canada recommends keeping children under the age of one out of direct sunlight, regardless of how dark or light their skin is.

Limiting sun exposure, covering baby in light, loose clothing and a hat and using a stroller with a sunshade are all good advice to help with sun protection. Finding a shady spot and keeping yourself and your baby hydrated can also help protect your and baby’s skin and overall health on hot summer days. And so is using a good quality sunscreen for babies with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30. Look for the term “broad spectrum” on the label. That means the product essentially blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Help protect your little one’s lips using a safe-for-baby lip balm with sun protection in it, too.

Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months old, because they can rub it into their eyes and mouth. (Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.) When baby is older than 6 months, Canada’s paediatricians at CPS recommend using a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen on all exposed areas including ears, nose, back of the neck and legs, and on the tops of feet. Sunscreen isn’t instant. It needs at least 15 minutes to start working. Apply it liberally and evenly and reapply every couple of hours. If baby is spending time in the water, the product needs to be reapplied more often.

Watch this informative video from babycenter to learn exactly how much sunscreen to put on your baby, and how to do it safely.

We hope you feel prepared to get outside with your baby and enjoy the beautiful (and all too brief!) sunny days. Walmart and our best sunscreen brand partners are serious about providing sun protection for baby, you and the whole family.

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