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The Best Bug Sprays to Keep Your Baby Bite-Free All Summer

Keep baby's sensitive skin protected from biting bugs with these insect repellent creams, sprays & wipes.

No one likes getting bug bites. Even worse is seeing your little one suffer from itchy mosquito bites or a latched-on tick. And with the different diseases that insects can transmit, including Zika and West Nile virus from mosquitoes and Lyme disease from ticks, insect repellent should be top-of-mind before any outdoor adventure (second only to a great sunscreen, of course)–especially in the summer.

But can you even use insect repellant on babies? Thankfully, yes. This list breaks down all the main bug repellent ingredients as well as safe-use recommendations for pregnancy, babies and children. Before you take your little one to the great outdoors, here’s how to keep you and your family safe from annoying bites and potential disease.

Best Picaridin Repellant

This repellent, made from 20% Picaridin, provides up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks, and up to 8 hours against biting flies, gnats, chiggers and sand flies. And since it’s a lotion rather than a spray, wipe or balm, it’s super comfortable and soothing on skin and doesn’t feel greasy. Bonus: it’s fragrance free, so it won’t accidentally attract other insects.

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June 11, 2024

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