Expand The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and FDA all recommend the following when using sunscreen on babies and toddlers: Children younger than 6 months of age: Babies under 6 months should not spend time directly in the sun. Since babies’ skin is much more sensitive than adults, sunscreens should be avoided whenever possible. Protect their skin from the sun by keeping them in the shade and dressing them in long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Children 6 months of age and older: Parents should apply an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to their children’s exposed skin every morning, at least 15 minutes before going outside. If they will be spending extended time outdoors, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Even when using sunscreen, keep children in the shade and dress them in clothing that will protect their skin from the sun, i.e., long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats. Adults should help children reapply their sunscreen at least every two hours and after swimming, playing sports or toweling dry. If your child can apply their own sunscreen, remind them about easy-to-miss spots (i.e., backs of ears and neck, tops of feet and hands).