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10 tips for applying sunscreen to your child

As a mum to three kids, I’ve had my fair share of battles with the sunscreen bottle. We all know protecting our kids’ skin is important, but it’s no mean feat when your little ones wriggle or even run away when faced with the prospect of creamy gloop being smeared over their skin.

Here are my top tips:

  1. Try a spray.

    It makes applying sunscreen more fun for the  child, and I find the texture is easier to rub in. If you use a coloured  spray, you can also see which parts of the skin you’ve covered and when it’s disappeared. And kids find it quite fascinating too.

  2. Apply the sunscreen indoors…

    …hopefully 20 minutes before it’s time to go outside. It provides enough time for the sunscreen to sink into the skin. Also your kids are far more likely to stand quietly in front of you inside while you rub in the sunscreen, than once you have let them loose in the garden or on the beach.

  3. Ask older children to think of something calming, like the sea

    Last year I told my oldest (then aged seven) to close her eyes and think calming thoughts while I put sunscreen on her face. It worked well – she stopped messing about for 20 seconds, put on her best serene face and stayed perfectly still.

  4. Turn it into a game

    My toddler doesn’t mind me rubbing in sunscreen – as long as I also pop a patch of the stuff onto one of his forearms so he can rub it in himself. Another trick is to pop a blob of sunscreen on to your own arm and ask your child to do the honours while you crack on.

  5. Set the timer

    For this game, set the oven timer to one minute and ask your child to stay as still as a statue while you rub in the sunscreen. They can only run off once it pings.

  6. Offer a choice

    Some kids like to choose between two types of  sunscreen so they feel more in control of what’s happening to them.

  7. Let them play

    Pop a few toys on the sofa and ask your toddler to stand in front of it to play. They may be too distracted to notice that you’re getting busy with the sunscreen.

  8. Sing songs

    Belt out nursery rhymes, roar like lions together or pretend to be monsters as you rub in the cream. Whatever it takes.

  9. Be prepared to wing it

    You may find that none of these techniques work when it comes to the face, which seems to be the most torturous part of a child’s anatomy – particularly for a toddler. Just smear it in as best you can over the wailing.

  10. Tell your children why they need sunscreen

     Make sure they know that the sun will make their skin get red and it will hurt a lot without the cream. Toddlers of course don’t understand but don’t worry, they’ll get the hang of it soon. I promise, it does get easier!

 

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Comments (19)

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    Sonya Cisco

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    I always manage to get it in the eye of my squirming toddler, which stings and causes even more complications! Some top tips to try, thanks!

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    Kizzy

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    Some really great tips here. My youngest is the easiest to get to put suncream on and sprays are the best I find.

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    Sara-Jayne

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    We love the sprays! The boys are very good with cream though… I must be very lucky!

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    Louise

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    great tips – definitely going to be needed at this time of year xx

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    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

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    This is really useful as sunscreen is becoming part of our daily routine now that the weather has brightened up!

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    Adele @ Circus Queen

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    These are lovely suggestions. Nothing beats a bit of playful parenting. My toddler loves rubbing sunscreen on herself.

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    Jenny

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    I managed to pack sunscreen but not apply it at the weekend! Thankfully the kids had hats on and there was a lot of shade. I like the idea of a spray.

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    lisa prince

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    I am constantly lathering ours up , being all blonde and fair skinned its vital to top up all the time or they soon start going rd x

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    You Baby Me Mummy

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    Really great tips, I didn’t realise you should put it on 20 minutes before going out x

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    ninja cat

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    great tips so important to wear sunscream

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    Polly

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    great tips, thanks for sharing x

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    Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D)

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    Good ideas , its so important to take uv protection, people also forget that kids need sunglasses too.

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    Pinkoddy

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    Great advice. Have to say I’ve been lucky with my 4 and they just let us put it on.

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    Charlotte

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    Some fab tips here! Definitely let them help, really gets them to stay still for a while! My boys hated putting it on until I showed them why it’s important. I got a piece of black card and sprayed loads of sun cream in a big blob in the middle and left it in the sun. At the end of the day the paper had gone all hard and faded and the bit where the suncream had been was as good as new :)

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    Helen Dickinson

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    Fantastic post. We always use the sprays when applying. We tend to apply a few times a day. X

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    Fritha Strickland

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    thankfully Wilf doesn’t mind putting on suncream but these are great tips! x

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    Shell Louise

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    I’ve been lucky with mine because they love putting suncream on. In fact, I guess it’s the opposite…I have to stop them using the whole bottle in a day, on a rainy day when they’re staying indoors!

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