The BEST Safe and Effective Sunscreens for Kids

Every year I find myself doing new research on the best and most affordable sunscreen that will keep my family protected this summer. The good news is that the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that rates the safety of cosmetics and other household products based on their ingredient list, now takes all the guesswork out of this! Check out their extensive list of the best sunscreens.

After reading through most of their list and factoring in safety, effectiveness (I need a waterproof formula, too), and affordability, I decided to order Coppertone Waterbabies Sunscreen Lotion Pure & Simple, SPF 50, 8-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2). If you buy a pack of 2 through Amazon, it’s a good deal.

What is your favorite safe sunscreen for your family?

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  1. Abbey says

    We tried the Alba last year and I could not use it on my kids faces because if they touched their face and then rubbed their eyes it burned their eyes! It was very thick and not very easy to spread either. I will try something new this year.

    • Rachel says

      Good to know, Abbey. I’ve used the California Baby before and it seemed to work well but didn’t spread easily. Not sure any of them do, though.

  2. Heidi says

    I’ve used Arbonne children’s sunscreen on Jilli since she was tiny. Thus far, it hasn’t irritated her skin/eyes/etc, is waterproof, protects great from the sun and spreads easily (one of my fave things about it after applying sunscreen on multiple preschoolers for several years–most of whom ended up looking like ghosts, hehe). It’s a little pricey compared to some others, but in my book it is worth it! 🙂