Want to let your baby explore the great outdoors but fear insect bites? Bed bugs might already have you worried, what more mosquitoes and other insects swarming around your child, right? Don’t fret, as we will teach you how to keep mosquitoes away from babies!
Insect Bites Be Gone! | Protecting Your Baby from Bugs
1. Stay Indoors
You probably want to take your baby out from time to time, and you should! After all, they need to get some vitamin D from the sun even at an early age. But, be wary of times when bugs are most present and active and stay indoors at these times. Dawn and dusk are when bugs are most active, and it’s better to stay indoors to reduce the risk of bug bites.
2. Go for Natural Scents
Natural scents such as eucalyptus, lavender, basil, and peppermint tend to repel mosquitoes. These scents can be found in natural oils you can apply to your baby’s skin, and they’ll help lessen the chances of mosquito bites. You can even use fabric softeners with those kinds of scent.
3. Cover Up
Keep your baby covered in such a way that no insect can access his or her skin. Choose lightweight long sleeves and pants for your infant when going out. Cover him or her up with socks and a hat as well. Avoid floral prints, though; bugs get attracted to them and it might increase the chances of bugs going after your baby.
4. Go for Light-Colored Clothes
As with floral prints, dark colors also tend to get the attention of insects. When heading to the outdoors, avoid dressing your baby in black or other dark colors like navy blue. Choosing light-colored clothing or accessories lessens the chance of your baby attracting some bugs.
5. Avoid Stagnant Water
Stagnant water is among the favorite breeding grounds of mosquitoes. Make sure your house is bug-free by closing all open water containers such as water buckets with a proper lid. Change the water in these containers regularly to keep away mosquito eggs from hatching there.
6. Steer Clear of Bug Hangouts
Some of the places bugs love to hang out are garbage bins, piles of dead flowers and leaves, and bushes. Avoid staying too close for too long in these places. If you want to hang out in the park, just make sure you avoid these spots.
7. Bring Out the Nets
Another good way of making sure your baby is safe from insect bites when going out is by using net covers for infants. It forms a protective barrier around your baby’s stroller or carrier. You can even use this at home for afternoon naps if your baby will sleep with the windows open in your baby’s room without having to worry about getting insect bites.
For more information on how to protect your baby from insect bites, check out this video from Dad Done Right:
Summer is a great time to do some family traveling, but it’s also when bugs seem to be everywhere! Sure, you want to keep your baby protected from those pesky bugs, but that doesn’t mean locking yourself indoors. Just take precautions and enjoy the outdoors!
How do you protect your baby from insect bites? Let us know in the comments!
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