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The very best sunscreen for kids and toddlers

See our list of the best sunscreen for kids—these top-notch picks have you covered (literally)

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Looking for the best sunscreen for kids? We’ve got you covered. According to Environmental Working Group (EWG)—a non-profit group that examines and researches the components of our favorite everyday products—your average brand name sunscreen products on shelves today can often be ineffective, toxic and even have misleading packaging. So, what’s a parent to do? Thankfully, EWG took the work out of it for you, examining sunscreen lotion products marketed with terms like  “baby,” “kids,” “children,” “little,” and “pediatric." When picking the best products, EWG looked for things like staying power, validated SPF claims and lack of potentially harmful ingredients like oxybenzone (which can trigger allergic reactions) and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A that can potentially speed up the development of skin tumors and lesions, according to government studies).

It’s also important to note that the non-profit has not identified any real differences between the types of sunscreen products marketed to kids and to adults (with the exception of packaging, of course). Who would’ve thought? Nevertheless, here's a selection from EWG’s very best sunscreen for kids this year (we also went the extra mile to make sure they had good ratings from users on Amazon, too—just  because something is "safe" doesn't always make it nice to use!). Check out EWG's website for the full list and to see their (eek!) worst-scoring kids’ sunscreens in case they're your usual go-to's. 

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The best sunscreen for kids

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Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50

Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50

This product is free of chemicals like avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalate, paba and 1,4 dioxane, plus it offers broad-spectrum coverage. It also has a very mild smell, a non-greasy feel and absorbs easily. $10, amazon.com

 

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TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+

TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Get screened with TruKid—it's made without vitamin a or gluten, plus it provides water-resistant broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It also comes in a BPA-free tube and is allegedly "reef friendly," as it's made of mineral-based and sustainably sourced zinc. $37–$38.50, amazon.com

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Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50

Hate smelly sunscreen? This one's fragrance-free, plus its great for sensitive skin (and won't burn your eyes even after dipping into the pool). Made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, this SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection product is also biodegradable! $15, amazon.com

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Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+

Grab a cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny-certified product to ensure your little one is protected from the sun. This one contains non-nano zinc oxide and organic oils, plus it's also free of gluten, pthalates and parabens. Last...it's made here in the USA! Woohoo! $18.80, amazon.com

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Goddess Garden Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

Goddess Garden Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

This sunscreen is great for the environment and your kiddos! It is 100% biodegradable, it contains organic ingredients like aloe vera and sunflower oil, and it also comes in a recyclable bottle. $16.50, amazon.com

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COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer, SPF 50

COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer, SPF 50

I mean...this has to be awesome. It even has "cool" in its name! It's 100% natural, paraben free, preservative free and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Ingredients like cocoa and shea butter also make it smell divine! $36, amazon.com

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Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30

Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30

You'll love that this kids' sunscreen only has six ingredients, plus it's 95% Certified Organic! It's also hypoallergenic, biodegradable and water/sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes. $13.75, amazon.com

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ATTITUDE Little Ones 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30

ATTITUDE Little Ones 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30

This product has a laundry list of things it's done without (it's also vegan and not tested on animals). It's also 100% mineral! We'd call this a win-win. $45, amazon.com

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Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

This cool kids' sunscreen is organic and comes without parabens and petrochemicals, plus it offers non-GMO vitamins, botanicals and plant extracts. It's even biodegradable, cruelty-free and vegan. $20, amazon.com

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