To make this list, I compared the lowest hazard sunscreens for kids and babies (hazard ranking of 1) on EWG’s 2012 Safe Suncreen list with picks from SafeMama’s Safe Sunscreen 2011 cheat sheet. To find sunscreens practical for the busy, cost-conscious family, I then took into account product availability and price per ounce.
The sunscreens that made the cut are under $5.50 per ounce and can easily be found online at major retailers. They’re still pricy, though, considering that the cost of traditional baby sunscreens runs under $3/oz. Here are a few tips to save even more:
Safe Sunscreen Savings Tips
- Watch for safe sunscreen sales on daily deal sites like BabySteals and Mamabargains (just watch out for shipping).
- Check manufacturers’ websites and Facebook pages for coupon and sale announcements. You may be able to sign up for email alerts, too.
- Try calling manufacturers’ and asking for coupons.
- Keep an eye out for sales at stores like Diapers.com and Amazon.com that offer free shipping.
- Watch for site-wide or new customer coupons that allow you to take a percentage of your total purchase.
Find out more about whether the sunscreens below are right for your family at EWG’s 2012 Safe Suncreen list and SafeMama’s Safe Sunscreen 2011 cheat sheet. Keep in mind that some sunscreens listed on the safe sunscreen lists may be fine for babies and young kids even though they’re not specifically “baby” or “kid” sunscreens. Check the EWG and Safemama lists for more options.
Seventh Generation Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($4.66/oz.)
Goddess Garden Baby Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($3.68/oz.)
TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, Unscented ($5.43/oz.)
Sunology Natural Sunblock Creme for Kids, SPF 50 ($4.33/oz.)