Natural Sunscreen Do’s

9 sunblock picks you’ll feel safe slathering on your pregnant belly and growing baby.

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We’re far from perfect–our favorite lipstick contains more ingredients than we care to admit, and last night’s dinner consisted of a Shackburger and fries (oops). But we’re taking tips from natural beauty experts in an effort to clean up our act and loading our weekenders and beach totes with the cleanest summertime products we can find. Whether prepping for pregnancy, slathering lotion on that growing belly or applying it to little arms and legs, here are our top picks for natural sunscreen.

1. Mustela Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Stick
Anyone who has ever applied sunscreen to a toddler knows that it isn’t a task for the faint of heart. Here’s hoping that this easy-on stick takes some of the fight out of your family Sunday Funday. $16

2. California Baby Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen
The light, refreshing lemon scent to this sun block almost makes us forget just how much we miss the smell of good old Coppertone. The mineral-based formula means it’s super safe for both you and baby–and the pump packaging makes application a breeze. $19.99

3. Dr. Robin All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen for Children, SPF 30+
Dr. Robin is the brain child of Robin Schaffran, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist (and mom) who specializes in caring for children’s skin. That means you can be sure that this line is not only chemical-free but also packs a heavy-duty solar protection punch. $24

4. Beauty Counter Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30
We love a company that not only keeps us protected, but also keeps our hunger for beauty products satisfied. Beauty Counter continues to reel us in with new products, like this Broad Spectrum SPF made with soothing elements like green tea and geranium, and without the bad stuff. $26

5. Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32
We love Nine Naturals for the sleek, sophisticated packaging but also for the way they break down the ingredient list for us. Click here to decode the big words on that tube (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, anyone?) and rest assured that it’s as natural as can be. $24

6. babyhampton beach bum sunscreen
One local NY momma took matters into her own hands when searching for a natural sunscreen for her own kids. Founder Kristen Peterson and her family live at the beach, so it’s safe to say that she has put this formula to the test. $19.99

7. Alba Botanica Even Advanced Sea Moss Moisturizer SPF 15
This lightweight sunscreen is paraben-free and provides the perfect moisturizing base for your daily make-up routine. The grease-free feeling means you’re protected without the added shine. $16.99

8. Badger Balm Sport Sunscreen Cream SPF 35
This sport sunscreen requires a little more muscle power to really rub in, but the water resistant protection means you can rest easy while you swim, sweat through a round of tennis or let your kids loose at the splash park. $15.99

9. The Honest Co. Sunscreen SPF 30
It’s easy enough to toss this in your basket when stocking up on cute eco-friendly diapers and cleaning products, courtesy of Jessica Alba and friends at The Honest Company. Bonus: no streaky, white faces in sight! $13.95

Liz Kerins Pacheco

Liz Kerins Pacheco

Liz Kerins Pacheco is the former Kids Shop Buyer for Fab.com and a freelance writer who is passionate about great design for babies, kids, moms and dads. She lives with her husband on the Upper East Side and calls herself a proud auntie, happy New Yorker and jelly bean fanatic.

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