Sunscreen Confusion

So the signs of spring are finally showing up around here and I'm really looking forward to spending some time out of the house with Avery. My goal is to be outside for at least an hour every day. I think it will keep us active and make me take a mental break from work.

Then I started thinking about sun safety for Avery. Do I need to put on sunscreen everyday? What if it's just our daily trip to the park? How do you keep a kids skin covered without them overheating?

I did some research and it made me even more confused. Half the articles said that you should put sunscreen on your kid everyday, even if you're not going to the beach or spending hours outdoors. If you don't your child will get skin cancer. The other half of the article says that sunscreen contains dangerous chemicals and shouldn't be put on a kid everyday or the chemical will seep in and cause skin cancer. Is 99% of the population suffering from skin cancer, or am I missing something?

What do/did you do with your toddlers to protect them from the sun? Do you slather with sunscreen daily or just keep them covered? What/how do you keep a wiggly toddler covered?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

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    04/21/14
    We are fair skinned and so Sunscreen (we live in California) is a daily ritual.. I have some in my car, purse, every other bag.. my kids have tiny travel tubes in their backpacks..
    Every morning I get their arms, face, etc.. for school and if we leave for a day off to the park or errands, I almost always have it on..

    I don't know anything about the chemical that "causes" cancer.. I do use aveno or nutragena brand, only because it's not greasy or smelly...
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        04/21/14
        Bullfrog makes a spray that you don't have to rub in. I use it on my ears, scalp, under my clothes. You don't get that goopy lotion feel. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me...seriously! I get burned I a lightbulb is to bright! If I forget to spray underneath my clothes...oh my it's a mess! Haha but they make a kid version that I actually prefer because it's a higher SPF.
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        04/21/14
        It's pretty great. Takes like two seconds and the baby doesn't mind getting it put on.
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          04/21/14
          I plan to put sunscreen on my daugther when we go out, depending on the time of the day and length of time we are out. I burn so easily and put sunscreen on my face everyday. I find out what the "burn time" is for the day so I know how long I can be out in the sun without getting burned. Most news station have this information during the weather or on their websites. The sun is strongest here between 11 and 2, so I try to avoid going out for long periods of time then. I think it will also make a difference if you slowly build up the amount of time in the sun you spend in the sun as we get into the summer! Letting your body get a natural tan slowly, without burning, can help.
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            04/21/14
            Beth
            Not all sunscreens are made with harmful chemicals... though those that aren't usually are even more expensive than the ones that do have some yucky in them. I use the EWG database to look up info on any of the products I put onto my babies. Here's their list of sunscreens: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/browse/baby_sunscreen/
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            I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.