The 11 Best Insect Repellents for Babies and How to Choose
A quick look at the 11 best insect repellents for babies:
- Best DEET insect repellents: OFF FamilyCare Insect Repellent, Repel Insect Repellent – Scented Family Formula, Cutter All-Family Insect Repellent, and Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent – Controlled Release
- Best picaridin repellents: Natrapel Tick & Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin and Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin
- Best oil of lemon eucalyptus repellents: Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent and Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent
- Best essential oil repellents: Badger Anti-Bug Shake & Spray, Babyganics Natural Insect Repellent, and DoTERRA TerraShield Spray
Once you’ve adjusted to life with a new human, you may be excited to share outdoor adventures (or just a picnic in the backyard) with your little one. It’s no secret that time spent in nature is great for baby’s developing brain and your well-being.
However, when nature gets a little too — natural — pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies can make your time outdoors downright uncomfortable and even dangerous.
Depending on where you live, there are risks of bug-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and Zika virus, which can be serious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, bugs are spreading more infections than ever in the United States.
There are a number of options when it comes to protecting your baby, including insect repellent. We’ve compiled helpful info about bug repellents for babies, as well as our favorites, to help keep your little explorer safe and comfortable outdoors.
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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