Swears By: The best sunscreen for babies and children

Sun creams for babies and children

Children's skin is more delicate and sensitive than adults', so it's important to make sure they're protected from UV rays. Here's our pick of the best sun creams for babies and children, from supermarket own brands to sprays for fidgety children

Best value sunscreens

Tesco Soleil Light Lotion SPF30 (200ml), £3.50

Tesco Soleil Light Lotion SPF30 (200ml), £3.50

“We spent a fortune trying out different brands, and Tesco's own-brand cream was the only one my children didn't react to,” explains one Mumsnetter whose children have sensitive skin. It's designed to be absorbed easily, includes added vitamin E and aloe vera, and is wonderfully affordable too.

Buy now from Tesco

Aldi Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 (200ml), £2.79

Aldi Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 (200ml), £2.79

Considering it's priced £2.79 for 200ml, we wouldn't blame you for being a tad suspicious of Aldi's budget suncream. However, the truth is it's just a really good deal. “It's great, even for my son who's a redhead with very pale skin,” says one Mumsnetter. The only downside is that it's only available in store, so plan your pre-summer pilgrimage and stock up now.

Available in store at Aldi

Best spray sunscreens for fidgety kids

Banana Boat Ultramist spray lotion SPF50 (175ml), £8.03

Banana Boat Ultramist spray lotion SPF50 (175ml), £8.03

If you hate “thick and oily, or pore-blocking” sun creams, then Banana Boat Ultramist spray lotion is the one for you. It's great fun to apply, so it's perfect for kids who find it impossible to sit still. “Spray it into the hand to rub on the face,” advises one user, “but elsewhere spray directly.” It's also great for fairer-skinned children as it's available in a no-nonsense factor 50.

Buy now from Amazon

Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist Spray SPF30 (200ml), £7 (was £12)

Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist Spray SPF30 (200ml), £7 (was £12)

A dry, instantly absorbed mist which is ideal for children who hate the feeling of having anything on their skin. Thanks to its lack of alcohol, greasiness and stickiness, it feels more like a moisturiser than a sun cream, and is absorbed instantly for smooth-feeling, protected skin.

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Piz Buin Protect and Cool Refreshing Sun Mousse SPF15 (150 ml), £10

Piz Buin Protect and Cool Refreshing Sun Mousse SPF15 (150 ml), £10

“The solution for us was the Sun Mousse,” says one Mumsnetter, as “it solved all apparent sun/skin allergy problems.” The foamy texture means it feels light and airy upon application, is free of alcohol, and won't leave your home at risk of being coated in white smears thanks to how quickly it'll absorb. “It's so nice that we still use it now, years later.”

Buy now from Amazon

Best sunscreens for sensitive skin

Piz Buin Allergy Sensitive Lotion SPF30 (200ml), £8

Piz Buin Allergy Sensitive Lotion SPF30 (200ml), £8

Another fab option from Piz Buin is their Allergy Sensitive lotion, specifically designed for sun sensitive skin that can become prickly or blotchy when exposed to UV rays. It's loaded with all the necessary UVA/UVB protection, plus a healthy dose of 'calmanelle', which the brand describes as a “unique anti-irrititant shield complex.”

Buy now from Amazon

Nivea Sun Kids Protect and Sensitive Sun Lotion (200ml) £10.31

Nivea Sun Kids Protect and Sensitive Sun Lotion (200ml) £10.31

Skincare brand Nivea's range of kids' sun cream is the go-to for many. Not only is it “easy to spread and absorbed quickly,” but it's available just about everywhere, and crucially for days spent splashing in rock pools, it's water-resistant. It's also free from perfumes, colourants and preservatives.

Buy now from Amazon

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Sun Cream Fluid SPF 50+ £12.31 (was £16.50)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Sun Cream Fluid SPF 50+ £12.31 (was £16.50)

High-end French brand La Roche-Posay is legendary for their lovely skincare products and silky smooth moisturisers. “When my son had eczema I used La Roche-Posay suncream,” explains one Mumsnetter who was recommended it by a dermatologist. “It is gorgeous – goes on like moisturiser – but is expensive.”

Buy now from Boots

UltraSun SPF30 Family Ultra Sensitive Sun Cream (150 ml) £19

UltraSun SPF30 Family Ultra Sensitive Sun Cream (150 ml) £19

At £25 for 150ml, UltraSun's sun cream might seem steep, but consider this: you only need to apply it once a day. It's true – just one, all-over application in the morning and you and your family are good to go for the next eight hours. It offers a very high level of protection, with UVA 93% at SPF30, and is water-resistant.

Buy now from John Lewis

Green People Organic Scent-Free Sun Lotion SPF30 (200ml) £16.63

Green People Organic Scent-Free Sun Lotion SPF30 (200ml) £16.63

Green People pride itself on their natural ingredients, so their range is perfect for those who are sensitive to chemicals and additions while boasting plenty of anti-oxidants to protect delicate skin. It's a very thick cream, so worth bearing in mind if you prefer something a touch lighter. Plus, if you're ethically minded, the brand donates 30p to the Marine Conversation Society with each sale.

Buy now from Amazon

Sunsense Sun Protection Ultra SPF50 (500ml) £33

Sunsense Sun Protection Ultra SPF50 (500ml) £33

If your children are prone to allergies, you may find yourself looking towards higher-end solutions for sun cream. One Mumsnetter swears by Sunsense: “My son has a lot of allergies and the specialist recommended it.” Another praises it for being “light but still factor 50, and it doesn't make my son itch or react,” adding that “it will change your life in the sun.”

Available from John Lewis

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