The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released their 2011 Sunscreen Report, which rates more than 1,700 SPF products for safety and effectiveness. We scoured the list to find our 7 favorite sunscreens for babies and kids. EWG's expert team analyzed each product in five categories: Health hazards from ingredients, UVB protection, UVA protection, the balance of UVA and UVB protection, and stability, or how quickly sunscreens break down in the sun. We picked our top 7 from the EWG's top-rated children's and baby sunscreens, also favoring products with the lowest health hazard risk and best UVA and UVB coverage. Once you pick your potion, remember to apply sunblock generously 30 minutes before exposure, and reapply every two hours or more. Hats and sun protective clothing are also musts. Limit sun exposure between 10am and 4pm. Also, because the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding sunscreen on babies six months and under, keep them in the shade and dressed in protective clothing whenever possible.
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