Bumpie Tip of the Week: Sunscreen and Daycare? Help!

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As the weather warms up and the sun starts shinin’, it is time to focus on protection (not that kind of protection, get your heads out of the gutter!). Now that we’re gearing up for sunny skies, you need sunscreen!

Babies and young children have such fair skin, so the importance of blocking it from the sun should be a major priority as spring approaches — whether you put it on them or someone else does while you are at work/away.

Our Bumpies on the Working Moms board gave their two cents when it comes to sunscreen and it’s application at daycare or school. The question was, “Do I have daycare put the difficult stuff on, or should I provide a simple spray to avoid being ‘that’ parent?”

Here’s what mom’s said:

“If I were you, I’d put on a physical blocker in the morning and send an easier to apply one to daycare for re-application.” -1026pumpkin*

“I send sticks and sprays to school because it’s easier to apply. I would rather they put something on them than nothing!” -azurmama

“Most centers follow strict policies on applying sunscreen: each child must have their own, labeled with their name, and parent authorization form must be signed. Hopefully this ensures application!” -f198400

“I use Blue Lizard, but I have heard good things about Badger too. Anything with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are your physical blockers.” -hoping4more

“My daycare had a sign off form about sunscreen and I checked the box that said use what I provide and brought in a bottle of a physical blocker.” -Nita147

“We also have a super-thick sunblock. At this point, they have it and say they put it on him.  They haven’t complained about it, so for now, it’s what we’re going to keep.  If they do complain about it, then I’ll replace it with something a little easier.  Something is better than nothing!” -Ms5586

*Some names have been changed.

Tell us: What type of sun block do you send with your little ones in the warm weather?

Plus, more from The Bump: 

Is Sunscreen Safe for Baby?

Differences Between Daycare and Hiring a Nanny?

How to Know What’s Happening at Daycare