Your baby is so sweet, you just want to gobble him up. Unfortunately, the mosquitos, ants and other flying pests all tend to agree. Seeing an ugly red bug bite on your little one’s skin might make you want to douse DEET on anything with wings, but remember that these chemicals can be toxic not only to little buggers but to little babies as well.
Fortunately, there are many natural, safe products that repel bugs that are totally safe for infants, children, pregnant women—and even the family pets. Here are our top 5 picks.
Jason Quit Bugging Me! Natural Insect Spray—No PABA, no DEET, no parabens, no problem. This product shoos away flies, gnats, mosquitos and horseflies.
California Baby Bug Blend Natural Bug Repellent Spray—Repels fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and biting flies, using a blend of citronella, lemongrass and cedar (it smells great!)
Badger Organic Anti Bug Balm—This rub-in beeswax balm has a thick, soothing texture and contains certified organic oils to repel bugs without damaging people, pets or the environment.
EcoSmart Organic Insect Repellent—This DEET-free spray comes in a light, pleasant scent and keeps away gnats, mosquitoes, ticks and other critters. It’s made from organic plant oils, not chemicals.
Phineas and Ferb All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor—Recognized as the best natural DEET-free bug repellent on the market by National Geographic Adventure, this baby- and kid-safe product can be used even during extensive outdoor adventures—so don’t let bugs keep you and your kids off the hiking trails this summer!