Best Sunscreen Tips: How To Get It On The Kids Without (Many) Complaints

Here in Southern California, it’s summer almost all year long. This means we go through a lot of sunscreen. So I’m always looking for the best sunscreens to use on the kids as well as the best sunscreen tips and tricks to make it easier to apply.

And I’m really not kidding about summer year round! Here are the kids playing in their bathing suits after swimming in the pool on New Year’s Day.


With warm, sunny weather about 8 or 9 months out of the year, you would think that since the kids have to wear sunscreen so regularly that they’d be used to having it put on them. Not the case. Every single time I put it on them they still moan and groan and complain. But I’ve become quite a pro at getting sunscreen on them effectively in minimal time and with minimal complaints.

I’m also excited to announce that I’m a new Over The Counter Safety (OTCSafety) blogging ambassador. Over the next several months I’ll be sharing information about OTCSafety with you. This month, I’m sharing my top 5 best sunscreen tips with you. You can thank me later.

If you're looking for tips for how to make it easier to get sunscreen on kids, I'm sharing 5 of the best sunscreen tips for how to get it on without (too many) complaints. #OTCsafety

Best Sunscreen Tips

Use The Right Kind of Sunscreen. Use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed. I find that the kids complain the least if I use the spray-on sunscreen on their bodies and a sunscreen stick on their faces.

Don’t Wait to Apply. You get to the pool or beach or amusement park and the kids are excited to go play! Trying to get them to all wait and hold still while you apply sunscreen is going to be painful for all of you. I’ve been told that you should apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure, so why not lotion up or spray down the kids before you leave the house.

Also? The sunscreen will thoroughly dry before they begin their adventure, so there’s less chance of sand, dirt, etc. getting smushed into the sunscreen.

Teach Them The Importance of Sunscreen. My kids have been told since they were little that it’s very important to wear sunscreen, and why. Explain to them what happens if they don’t wear it. Explain to them the importance of keeping their skin safe. The kids have been told so many times that they need to have it on that they’ll actually come to me now and say ” My neck/arm/legs are hot. I think I need more sunscreen on.”

Remember to Reapply. Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water. If the kids understand what a sunburn is or have experienced one before, they’ll be more apt to stand still for a few minutes while you reapply.

Be Sun Smart. Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense. This is easier said than done, I know. So I make sure that the bathing suits I buy them have built-in SPF coverage to reduce the sun getting through. And if it’s super hot or the kids are uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to put a swim shirt and hat on them to keep them uber -protected.

If you're looking for tips for how to make it easier to get sunscreen on kids, I'm sharing 5 of the best sunscreen tips for how to get it on without (too many) complaints. #OTCsafety

Looking for more of the best sunscreen tips? Check out these sunscreen savvy tips and these tips from the FDA. Both are worth the read.

Do you fight with your kids about applying sunscreen? What tips and tricks can you share that work for your family?

Disclaimer: I’m being compensated as an OTCSafety Blogger, though all thoughts, opinions, and suggestions expressed here are my own. Keep up-to-date on OTCSafety information by visiting the OTCSafety website  and by following them on Pinterest.


  1. Great tips. I'm always the one with the squirmy kid because I wait until we get somewhere to apply the sunscreen. I'll try to remember to put it on before we get in the car next time! Roxanne recently posted..Today I’m writing for #WorldMomsBlogMy Profile