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Top 10 Sunscreen For Kids And Babies

The Best Sunscreen For Babies and Kids According To Dermatologists And Moms

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Proper sun protection is a necessity all year long, but during the summer, it's even more important to apply it repeatedly throughout the day. To ensure your little one is getting the best sun protection, it's important to look for formulas that are non-comedogenic, free of harmful chemicals and parabens, fragrance-free, tear-free, and easy to apply. Dermatologists recommend using physical sunscreen on babies that are six months or older, where the ingredients sit on the surface of the skin and physically block the UV rays. This means the product is less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions on a baby's sensitive skin. Babies under the age of 6 months are best kept in the shade or kept covered with sun hats and clothing that offers UPF protection, as any sunscreen may irritate their delicate skin.

With so many options out there, it can be a daunting task to choose the right formula, so we've created a Top 10 list of the best baby-safe sunscreens that are safe and effective. With so many great options like eco-conscious brands, completely organic formulas, and award-winning lotions, this Top 10 list is bound to have the perfect sunscreen for your child and their needs. Don’t worry—your little one will be ready for plenty of fun in the sun (safely!) in no time.

How To Apply Sunscreen To A Child Easily

If you find it difficult to apply sunscreen to your little one—especially when dealing with hard-to-reach areas on their face, we highly recommend using a tool such as the SunnyStik. This adorable, kid-friendly sunscreen applicator makes applying sunscreen lotion a breeze. And the kids like it, too, thanks to the adorable design of the tool. 

How We Found The Best Sunscreen For Babies and Kids

When searching for the best sunscreen to use for kids and babies, there's an abundant amount of information available on the internet. That's where our algorithm comes in. A tool unique to Rank & Style, our algorithm uses information from reviews, social media, best-seller lists, and more to determine which products are worth recommending to our dear readers. Ahead, find out which baby-friendly sunscreens are the best and shop data-backed picks from brands like Sunology, La Roche-Posay, and more. 

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May 5, 2023

Written By:Meredith Rimmer

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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The Rankings


10
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50
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Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Overall Score

4.25

10

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

4.55

1484 User Reviews

3.1

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

1

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

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USERS SAID
"I am very mindful about the products I use on my child. The Environmental Wellness Group rates this product well for its ingredients and effectiveness. It works well for my family to keep baby’s skin safe."

BEST FOR
If you find your family outside often, you would benefit from this value pack option, ensuring you and your kids will never run out of screen this summer.


Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Lotion For Sensitive Skin

Overall Score

4.45

09

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Lotion For Sensitive Skin

4.45

3312 User Reviews

6.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

1

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

BEST FOR
Babies with eczema can benefit from using this Aveeno Baby sunscreen. The gentle daily baby sunscreen has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

WHAT IT DOES
This tear-free and water-resistant formula protects your little one from harmful UV rays without using any dyes, parabens, phthalates, or fragrance.


Sun Bum Baby Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray

Overall Score

4.45

08

Sun Bum Baby Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray

4.5

1816 User Reviews

3.2

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

STAFF REVIEW
"This is my go-to sunscreen for my baby. I spray it onto his skin, then rub it in. For his face, I spray it on my SunnyStik applicator first, then use the stick to apply the product. The white cast is minimal and much less than other baby-safe sunscreens I have used in the past. He also loves the character on the bottle, which makes application easier—he's entertained for a moment, and I get to keep his skin protected!" —Beth Zerdecki, Rank & Style CMO

ABOUT THE BRAND
Sun Bum's founding team lives on the beach, so they need products that work for themselves and their loved ones. That's why so many consumers have grown to love, and trust, this brand. 


Coppertone Pure and Simple Baby Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion

Overall Score

4.45

07

Coppertone Pure and Simple Baby Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion

4.59

3441 User Reviews

6.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

1

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
This baby and kid-friendly sunscreen is the most affordable on our list. Rining in under $10, pediatrician recommended, and with over 3,000 rave reviews, it's an easy choice for any parent on a budget.

TOP USER REVIEW
"This sunscreen is probably one of the best I’ve used so far and I’ve tried so many in the mineral category. It’s lightweight so you don’t have that heavy feel that some of them give you. It has zero scent, which if you don’t want fragrance or any scent on what you put on your skin you will love this one. The ingredients are safe in comparison to most and many other sunscreens. There’s a slight white cast, but if you put on a thin layer, rub it in really well then put on a second thin layer rub that in really well, you can eliminate most of the cast."


Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream SPF 40

Overall Score

4.45

06

Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream SPF 40

4.67

996 User Reviews

3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

FUN FACT
Badger's baby sunscreen comes in a BPA & phthalate-free tube from #2 recyclable plastic. It's biodegradable and safe for coral reefs and other ecosystems.

LOVED FOR
The sunscreen's certified organic base of Sunflower Oil, Beeswax & Vitamin E is ultra-moisturizing and soothing.


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo Kids Sunscreen SPF 50

Overall Score

4.5

05

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo Kids Sunscreen SPF 50

4.7

1234 User Reviews

3.1

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

USERS SAID
"Works great! Prevented sunburns in the hot Texas sun in July. Not greasy at all, and it's very gentle on sensitive skin. My daughter often gets dermatitis from other sunscreens, but she didn't have any problem with this at all."

WHY WE LOVE IT
This kids sunscreen provides broad-spectrum SPF 60 in a texture specifically developed to be gentle for children’s skin. It applies easily, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.


Blue Lizard BABY Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide

Overall Score

4.5

04

Blue Lizard BABY Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide

4.8

2325 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

WHY WE LOVE IT
Blue Lizzard's baby water-resistant formula is made without Oxybenzone or Octinoxate to help protect fragile reef ecosystems.

USERS SAID
"I must agree with other viewers that Blue Lizard Sunscreen is wonderful. I used it on my daughter and myself (my face) over the last three or four months with no problems. Use Blue Lizard on your kids! This is a must-purchase item for me."


Supergoop Sunnyscreen 100 Mineral Stick

Overall Score

4.55

03

Supergoop Sunnyscreen 100 Mineral Stick

4.62

321 User Reviews

2.8

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
The best sunscreen stick for babies and kids, this lightweight mineral sunscreen is loved for its formula and travel-friendly packaging.

USER REVIEW
"We’ve been using this for a few years. Originally bought it for our toddler, but my husband and I use it too. Stays on well and lasts through hours in the water and sun. (We use this swimming and surfing in Mexico)."


Babyganics Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

Overall Score

4.65

02

Babyganics Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

4.59

9067 User Reviews

6.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

FUN FACT
Babyganics Sunscreen is formulated with plant-derived and certified organic ingredients, including their NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend (a blend of tomato, sunflower, cranberry, black cumin, and raspberry seed oils).

USERS SAID
"I have used this sunscreen on both of my children all summer long. I love, love, love it. I would recommend this sunscreen to anyone looking for a great, cheaper-end, mineral-based sunscreen."


Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50

Overall Score

4.75

01

Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50

4.69

9455 User Reviews

6.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
Thinkbaby has more awards than any other sun care line, including Allure's "Best of." It is also a best-seller on various sites, with over 9,000 rave reviews. Both parents and experts clearly agree that Thinkbaby Sunscreen is the absolute best overall for keeping babies and kids sun safe.

ABOUT THE BRAND
Thinkbaby and Thinksport's mission is to create products with the highest standards for safety and efficacy, considering the impact of products that are safe to make, safe to use, and safe for the environment. Now that's a mission we can get behind!

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