Summertime, and the livin's easy -- until it comes time to choose a safe sunscreen for your little one, and slather it on his wriggly body from head to toe. We may not be able to help with sunscreen application, but we can certainly take the guesswork out of which sunscreens to buy. See our list of top rated safe and natural sunscreens for babies and kids. And check out additional options of natural sunscreens for summer babes, as well as the best affordable sunscreens of 2012.
In addition to knowing the most effective sunscreen brands on the market, it's also important to know which sunscreens to avoid. Use the EWG's safe sunscreen guide and hall of shame list before you go shopping.
Last summer, news spread that only 8% of sunscreens are safe and effective. The FDA has been working to change sunscreen-labeling rules to help take the guesswork out deciphering ingredients, to eradicate misleading claims, and to clearly define effectiveness terms such as "waterproof." However, the FDA also buckled under industry pressure and they have delayed their mandated new sunscreen labeling rules for 6 months.
Since sunscreen is not recommended for babies under six months old, opt for alternative sun protection such as this organic sun cover from Rosk, which boasts SPF 30 protection and may be draped over baby's stroller or baby carrier, or used as a nursing cover. And to shield little faces, we showcase an array of adorable eco-friendly sun hats for boys and girls, and even one for mom and dad. Additional favorite toppers include these organic crocheted sun hats for babies, and these comfy and reversible organic sun hats from Frugi.