Safest Sunscreens for Kids 2012

By Kate |

The Environmental Working Group recently released its 2012 report on the Safest Sunscreens. After testing more than 1800 sunscreens, the organization has released its list of safest sunscreens and the must see Hall of Shame. We’ve found the kid and baby safe sunscreens from the Report and have them for you here.

EWG Report Summary

The EWG says the safest sunscreens for kids have the following qualities:

  • Mineral suncreen with zinc and titanium
  • No oxybenzone – potentially hormone-disrupting
  • No retinyl palmitate
  • No Vitamin A – may be carcinogenic on sun-exposed skin
  • No spray or powdered sunscreen
  • Avoid sunscreens labeled with an SPF higher than 50

We noticed in this year’s list includes an increase in easier to apply “Stick” form sunscreens, such as Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, and the addition of more affordable options like Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Lotion SPF 50 which is $14 for an 8 ounce bottle. Both are great news for moms. But, make sure to read labels carefully. For example, some Coppertone Water Babies products are on the recommended list and others are on the Hall of Shame.

safest sunscreen for kids 2012

Safest Sunscreens for Kids 2012


See our 2011 safest sunscreens for kids and 2010 post on the safest sunscreens for kids for some of our top picks stylish sun protection for kids.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    I’m biased because I’m a Coppertone Water Mom, but so thrilled to see them on the list!!!

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      I love seeing them on the list because it’s affordable and can be purchased easily.

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    Thanks so much for this list — so helpful!

  3. 3.

    Awesome, comprehensive list. Bookmarking!

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    Thanks for including our Baby Sunscreen on your list!

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    Why was Green Beaver on the 2011 list but not on the 2012 list? That’s what I have chosen to use so I’m just concerned… Thanks,

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      I’m not sure, Jen. You’d have to check out the comprehensive report at the Environmental Working Group website.

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    Thanks for the list.. Affordable List 🙂

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    Thank you for the info. Why are some listed in bold and others aren’t? Just wondering.

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      The ones in bold are links so you can purchase them. Those not in bold are not linked.

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    I see the Aveeno stick is on the list but not their lotion. Is the lotion ok?

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    we ol were waiting for thiss.. thnk u soo much ….. 🙂

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    Is the list safest to ‘least’ ? Or are they all the same?

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      The list is in alphabetical order. All the sunscreens listed here were the EWG’s top picks.

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    Thanks so much for this list! We take an annual family beach vacation and I’m always at a loss when I go to the store to buy sunscreen for my daughters.

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    Christy Isttc

    Thanks for the list! We will have to check these out and pick one to buy.

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