SunSCREAM Part 2

summer baby

“SunSCREAM?” Yes, “sunscream.” A couple of years ago, it was my munchkin's word for sunscreen. She'd see the bottle coming off the shelf and shout “SunSCREAM!”  Thinking about her pronunciation of the word “sunscreen” always brings a smile to my face. I’ve actually decided that “sunSCREAM” is a much more appropriate word for it than sunSCREEN.


First, there are the multiple times when I've applied it (“liberally,” as the bottle instructed) and she has – within seconds – rubbed her eyes. Though I try to avoid applying too much to the tops of her hands, inevitably, I seem to get enough to irritate her eyes. What follows is tears, lots of whining, and a mama who feels terrible that the sunscreen has wound up hurting her versus protecting her.

Secondly, there's all the new information I've come to learn about sunscreen. Check this out. It is a wonderfully reliable source that has opened my eyes to all the products out there on the market.

Here’s one of the best resources of this site.

When it comes to child development, number one on the priority list is keeping the kiddo safe and healthy. Before finding this info, I admit that when it came to buying sunscreen, I looked for name brands and words such as “pediatrician recommended.” Now, I'm looking for so much more. Finding some of the information on this site did make me want to scream.

What sunscreen or other methods are you using to keep your infant or toddler from getting too much of the summer sun these days? As a friendly reminder, most sunscreen products are not recommended for use on infants under the age of six months.

What tips do you have for applying sunscreen to your active tyke?

Wishing you happy and safe days in the summer sun!


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SunSCREAM Part 2

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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  1. I buy organic, and tear free, it helps.

  2. Profile photo of dschlitter dschlitter says:

    I try to find tear free sunscreen. Also the spray on kind works best for us. It’s quick and easy to apply. When my children were babies I just tried to keep them in the shade as much as possible.


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