Toddlers love playing outdoors and it’s great to watch them learning all about the natural world in the sunshine. Still, the sun can be harmful on your toddler’s sensitive skin and no-one wants to risk sun damage. Little ones can be fussy when it comes to putting on sun cream, so it’s always best to have a plan. Here are a few sun safety tips to keep your little one protected on holiday.

• Sun cream
Toddlers have ultra-sensitive skin so it’s best to be safe rather than sorry. Choose a sun cream with a high SPF factor that blocks out both UVA and UVB sun rays. Specifically designed for sensitive young skin, baby sunblock is a great option!

Sunscreen should always be applied at least 20 minutes before going in the sun to give the active ingredients time to start working. When it comes to your toddler, this is extra important. You don’t want to be trying to apply sun cream to an excited little one as soon as you arrive at the beach, along with everything else!

Still, you will need to re-apply every couple of hours (and more often if they go in the water). It will be easier to protect your toddler if they like sun cream. Make sun protection fun with a sun cream spray, take your time and turn it into a relaxing experience all round.

• Extra protection
Even when generously applied and re-applied throughout the day, sun cream alone isn’t enough to protect your toddler from the sun. Toddlers are less able to cope with the heat, and are vulnerable to heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Make sure your little one drinks plenty of water and spends ample time in the shade to stay happy and safe. Take a hardy parasol with you for days at the beach, and plan activities to avoid being in the sunshine between 11 am and 3 pm. Keep a sun hat, light layers and sunglasses on hand for your toddler, as well as plenty of water.

Above all, help your toddler have fun in the sun while staying safe and sound!

GARNIER  TO THE RESCUE!

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