Sunscreen Struggles: How To Get Your Kid to Let You Lather Them Up
There’s nothing tougher than convincing a toddler or preschooler to wait a minute before jumping into the pool, nothing harder, that is, than convincing them to wait a minute so you can lather them up with sunscreen. If you’ve got a wiggly, wild little one who doesn’t love the feel or experience of putting on sunscreen, check out these tips to help you keep them sun safe and happy at the same time.
Lather up before you leave home
Sometimes kids don’t want to put on sunscreen because they would rather be splashing in the pool or going down the slide at the playground. If your tot is easily distracted and tends to want to rush right into play when you get somewhere fun, consider spreading on their sunscreen before you leave home. While it might feel odd to put on sunscreen in the comfort of your air-conditioned living room, it’s certainly easier than trying to do so as your babe tries to squirm out of your arms poolside.
Try a different texture
If what your babe dislikes about sunscreen is the feel, consider swapping what you use now for a different texture. If you use a traditional liquid sunscreen, try using a spray or foam sunscreen where applicable and using a sunscreen stick for their face. Spray and stick sunscreens don’t typically need to be rubbed in as much either, a major bonus for those kids who like to wiggle!
Sing a silly song
Instead of telling your little one “just hold still for one more minute!” over and over, consider choosing a song that can be sung in the amount of time it takes to apply sunscreen and sing it with your child as you apply. With a tune on their lips, they’ll be less likely to complain and more likely to hold still since they know exactly how much longer it will take.
Try a long-sleeved swim shirt
When all else fails, consider eliminating the need for quite as much sunscreen application time by purchasing a long-sleeved swim shirt or a full body swimsuit for your little one. While you’ll still need to apply sunscreen to their exposed skin, there’ll be less of it which means a much shorter application time.