Baby sunscreen - tested

What's the best suncream for your baby needs? Here's what our testers thought of some big-name and supermarket brand baby sun lotions...

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    Six sunscreen testers – a mix of mums, parenting journalists and sunscreen-wearers – put 11 baby sunscreens to the test. The team was asked to rate each product on its smell, ease of controlling how much came out, coverage, how well it rubbed it, its feel on the skin after application and whether the packaging seemed secure enough (keeping in mind what a full baby bag can hold!). They also had to give an overall mark out of 5.

    What became clear was how everyone looked for different things in a sunscreen - for some, it was about secure packaging, for others, it was ease of rubbing in.

    Our conclusion? It's personal taste that'll decide what's best for you!

    There are other important things to consider too, such as SPF. It can be confusing, so find out what those sunscreen terms mean and take a look at expert advice on sun safety for your family

    If you use and love any of the sunscreens included, make sure you post your comments below!

  • NIVEA Baby Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 50+, RRP £16.45 for 200ml

    Two thirds of the testers liked the smell of this lotion. All the testers felt it was easy to control the amount and easy to get the desired coverage. Half thought it rubbed in well and thought it felt ok or good on the skin. Most of the testers were happy the packaging felt secure. 

    What's great: Easy to apply and gives good coverage

    Overall score: 3.5/5

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  • Boots Soltan Baby Lotion SPF50+, RRP £8.99 for 200ml

    This scored well with our testers. All really liked the smell and felt it was easy to control the amount and apply. The majority of testers thought the lotion rubbed in well and half thought it felt good on the skin. Of the remaining testers, most rated the feel on their skin as ok, and just one didn’t like it. The majority of the testers thought the packaging felt secure. 

    What's great: Lovely smell and easy to appy 

    Overall score: 4.5/5

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  • Superdrug Solait Baby Lotion SPF50+, RRP £4.99 for 100ml

    All the testers thought it was easy to control the amount of this lotion. The majority thought it was easy to apply. While one tester liked the smell, the others didn’t rate it highly. A third of the testers thought it rubbed in well and half thought it felt good on their skin. While some testers thought the packing felt a little flimsy, a third of the testers thought the packaging felt secure. 

    What's great: Easy to control the amount squeezed out 

    Overall score: 3/5

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  • ASDA Protect Baby Protection Cream SPF50+ Very High, RRP £3.50 for 100ml

    Half of the testers liked the smell of this cream. All thought it was easy to control the amount and two thirds thought that it was easy to apply to skin. While the majority of testers thought it rubbed in well, when it came to how it felt on the skin, opinion was divided – a third were happy with the feel, a third thought it was just ok and the remaining third weren’t keen. A third of the testers thought the packaging felt secure. 

    What's great: Easy to squeeze out just the right amount of cream

    Overall score: 3/5

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  • Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse Kids & Babies SPF 50 High, RRP £14.99 for 150ml

    This product divided the testers, but the ones that were impressed with it (a third) really loved it. The majority of the testers thought it was hard to control the amount because of the nozzle (like what is found on hair mousse!), but they also agreed it was easy to apply and it was easy to get the desired coverage. All of the testers thought the mousse rubbed in well. While two thirds of the testers didn’t love how it felt on their skin, the majority really liked the smell. Most of the testers thought the packaging felt secure and worked well.   

    What's great: Rubs in really well

    Overall score: 3.5/5

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  • Bepanthen Baby Sun Cream SPF50+, RRP £9.99 for 75ml

    This scored well with our testers. A high number of testers said they liked the smell, found it easy to control the amount, to apply and to get the desired coverage. Two thirds thought it rubbed in well and felt good on the skin. Half thought the packaging felt secure while the other half thought there was a possibility the lid may be able to get flipped open in their bags. 

    What's great: Easy to control the amount and lovely smell

    Overall score: 4/5

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  • Simple Baby Sun Sensitive Protecting Suncare Cream SPF50, RRP £10.99 for 75ml

    All the testers thought it was easy to control the amount of this cream. They also all thought it was easy to get great coverage but two thirds weren’t overly keen on the smell. Most of the testers thought it was easy to rub in, felt good on the skin and that the packaging felt secure. 

    What's great: Gives great coverage and easy to apply

    Overall score: 3.5/5

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  • Morrissons Toddler & Baby Cream SPF50+, RRP £2.99 for 125ml

    A third of the testers liked the smell of this cream. The majority of testers thought it was easy to control the amount and to get the coverage they wanted. Most thought it rubbed in well and half were happy with how it felt on their skin. The majority of the testers weren’t sure the packaging was as secure as they’d like.

    What's great: Gives great coverage

    Overall score: 3/5

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  • M&S Baby Suncare SPF 50 HIGH, £6 for 75ml

    Our testers rated this highly. Almost all of the testers M&S Baby Suncare SPF 50 liked the smell, with some noting it smelt lovely. All of the testers thought it was easy to control the amount and to get the desired coverage. The majority thought it was easy to apply and felt good on the skin. Most thought the packaging was secure but some thought the lid let it down as it could possibly get opened in their bags. 

    What's great: Smells lovely and gives good coverage

    Overall score: 4.5/5

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  • Banana Boat Baby Tear Free Sun Lotion SPF50, RRP £12.29 for 180ml

    Two thirds of testers felt it could be easy to accidentally pump-spray more Banana Boat Baby Tear Free Sun Lotion SPF50 lotion than wanted, though the other third felt it was easy to control the amount. Most testers thought it was easy to get the desired coverage though. The majority thought it rubbed in well and felt good on the skin, but weren't so keen on the smell. Testers noted that the grips on the side of the bottle seemed particularly good for slippery hands, and half thought the packaging felt secure.

    What's great: Rubs in well and feels good on the skin

    Overall score: 3/5

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  • Johnson’s Baby Suncare Lotion SPF 50, RRP £12.99 for 200ml

    Johnson’s Baby Suncare Lotion SPF 50 lotion scored well with the testers. Everyone liked the smell and thought that it was easy to control the amount applied. The vast majority found it easy to get the desired coverage, rub in and thought it felt good on the skin. Two thirds of the testers were unsure about the lid on the packaging, feeling it could possibly snap off or open, however the others felt it was secure enough. 

    What's great: Feels good on the skin and smells great

    Overall score: 4/5

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