Bug spray thoughts recommendations

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Olivia posted this 24 June 2019

With the summer months come bugs (mosquitos and ticks in our area). I used to use Babyganics bug spray and tried to steer clear of Off because of deet. After I found a tick on my daughter, I researched like crazy. I found somewhere that according to CDC, it is safe for children to use bug sprays that include deet in them. I read that especially when it comes to ticks, it is safer to use than not to use. Thoughts? Anyone use more natural sprays AND through personal use feel that it works just as well??

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Erin posted this 24 June 2019

I used the bug spray from honest company when my oldest was a baby--it worked great and smelled good too. 

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Kadence posted this 25 June 2019

I get stickers on Amazon that go on clothes and strollers and such so there isn't any contact. Another option is to make your own bug spray. There are recipes on pinterest. 

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molly posted this 14 September 2019

In a pinch I used original scented baby lotion, Bugs hate the smell of it. You have to re-apply a fresh swipe to exposed skin every 30 minutes or so- but if you find yourself out and about with nothing else it works. Also bugs HATE the smell of fabric softeners. The original bounce is best. Stick some in your pockets and in different spots on the stroller that don't touch baby directly.

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Olivia posted this 24 June 2019

Awesome, thank you! Some of them do smell weird, but given its uses I haven't cared. Having one that works AND smells good is definitely a bonus! lol I'm definitely going to check this one out. Is this one you just spray directly on them, too? (I'm sure it is since it's a baby company). I have read for some of the bug sprays that you should spray the clothes and let them air out before putting them on (adults and children), but that doesn't always work out. 

I used the bug spray from honest company when my oldest was a baby--it worked great and smelled good too. 

Veronica posted this 25 June 2019

I prefer a band that doesn't actually touch my kid's skin. There are some that have lemon balm and other essential oils that repel mosquitos without adding a lot of harmful chemicals.

Olivia posted this 25 June 2019

Sometimes I feel like a band or those bracelets don't work as well. I don't know for sure though. It could be all in my head...it's not like I tested it out. 

Stickers?? That sounds cool, I'm going to check those out. I've seen the stuff on Pinterest about making your own bug repellant, but personally I don't have time for all that lol. I saved a bunch of them one time thinking that I would use them because I like how they are all natural, but I never got around to making them. 

Abbie posted this 28 June 2019

If it is going on a baby or on an area that will go in their mouths I completely disagree. That is a lot of nasty chemicals being ingested and absorbed in to a little body. As an older kid at like age three, I personally would still avoid the chemicals if at all possible. Deet is a really powerful chemical.

The stickers are alright. I think deet is your best bet if you want to make sure they don't get bit. I spoke to a few experts regarding deet and they say it's actually not as bad as it has been portrayed. At the end of the day it is more important not to get bit right? I would spray their clothes not them. Check out research on deet from a few different sources, I think the view on it has changed. 

Marie posted this 03 July 2019

I also disagree with bug spray, because Ive seen my daughter even suck on her arm. Maybe the babyganics is a good brand but I haven't done any research. The mosquitos are bad in my area, so I don't usually take her outside unless we go on a walk. I think im also going to try the stickers. At H.E.B they have mosquito coils and those work really good. Its like an incent that repels mosquitos. They work really well. 

Kayla posted this 03 July 2019

I have been using a mixture of witch hazel, distilled water,  with the essential oils of lemon grass, eucalyptus, and citronella. So far I have not had a problem with my boys getting any ticks on them and they are always rolling around in the grass! I usually only spray it on their clothes.   

Yulianna posted this 28 July 2019

I always think natural is better! I would research the effects of ingredients in typical bug spray! I saw some people commenting about stickers that repel bugs, I am interested in checking these out! 

Ambria posted this 29 July 2019

I've been happy with Babyganics Bug Spray. I know a lot of mommas who also swear by Skin So Soft. 

Rachel posted this 21 August 2019

I like the babyganics. My friend is a derm and thats what she suggested!

Stella posted this 25 August 2019

I've been using misquito stickers I got on Amazon and they seem effective. 

Rachele posted this 27 August 2019

I like the babyganics bug spray the best. Their are few chemicals and keeps the bugs off my babe!

Renee posted this 15 September 2019

I have tried dryer sheets pinned to clothing and that works well. But I have 3 kids and that can be a lot of dryer sheets on front and back to deter mosquitoes. It works well just gets kinds expensive, but yes bugs hate fabric softener which makes me less inclined to use it on my kids clothes. Also skin so soft lotion by Avon (with SPF) works and is chemical free. Reviews are online.

Sarah posted this 15 September 2019

I think if you have no choice it is better.  Have you tried brands like BeautyCounter? 

Libby posted this 15 February 2020

This one tears me up... I'm with you completely in trying to decide between the less of the evils-disease carrying pets vs. carcinogenic chemicals. I think the answer is dependent on the situation. If you in a heavily wooded area, deet is probably safer. If you're going for a walk around the neighborhood, it may not be necessary. I'd love to find a safe, effective spray!

Libby posted this 17 February 2020

We have so many mosquitos where I live and I always get stressed with bug sprays. They seem so chemically. I've tried natural sprays and some don't seem to work well. But I have heard that the benefits of deet outweight the risks when it comes to ticks. 

Jane posted this 17 February 2020

Amazon has a wide range of organic bug repellents. I know the main ingredient in these is usually lemon grass, which is a natural way to ward off bugs. Check them out!

Mina posted this 26 February 2020

I make my own with essential oils, witch hazel and water. Citronella, Rosemary, Peppermint, Cedarwood, and Lavendar are all good but you can look up recipes online too

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