Pesky bugs like mosquitoes, flies, ticks, bees, wasps, and hornets are as sure as the sunrise when venturing outdoors in the summer. Of course, parents want to protect their young children from biting and stinging bugs that can carry diseases and cause allergic reactions. However, many people are concerned about applying chemical-based insect repellents to their children. 

Many parents wonder, “What is the best bug repellent for toddlers?” However, when talking about bug sprays, the concern about chemical ingredients like DEET always comes up. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that even DEET-free repellents are not safe for newborns. 

One of the safest ways to keep your babies and toddlers from bug bites and stings is with natural solutions. However, even some “all-natural” bug sprays aren’t necessarily safe for young children. Still, there are things you can do to protect your little ones from insect bites when outdoors. 

Avoid Peak Times

Both mosquitoes and many biting flies are most active in the late afternoon and evening hours. If you can avoid taking your baby outside during this time, you will significantly reduce the risk of bites.

Dress Your Baby Properly

Insects seem to be drawn to bright and darker colors and loud prints, so dress your child in light or neutral solid colors. Pants and long-sleeved shirts, instead of shorts and t-shirts, will also help protect from insect bites. Light colors also make it easier to spot ticks. Use mosquito netting or even cheesecloth to cover strollers and baby carriers. 

Avoid Scents

Scented lotion, perfumes, shampoo, and hairspray can all attract the exact bugs you are trying to avoid. Be sure to read the ingredient label and avoid applying anything with fragrances that may attract insects.

Learn About Different Insect Compounds 

Parents should know that even some all-natural products, like lemon eucalyptus oil repellents, are not recommended for children less than three years of age. This means you should perform research on any product before it is applied to young children. 

Proven Repellent Solutions 

The insect repellent market has historically offered solutions with either harsh chemicals or less than effective natural repellents. As a health-conscious family we didn’t want to have to choose, and neither should you. So we developed Proven®, a full range of insect repellent sprays and lotions you can trust to keep bugs away from your family all day. Proven® seeks to create safe, quality-focused, effective products for health-conscious consumers like you. We promise transparency and independently studied proof of our claims. 

Proven® products contain 20% Picaridin, an EPA registered ingredient modeled after compounds found in the black pepper plant. According to the CDC, Picaridin is safe for use on women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, when used as directed.

Proven® effectively repels mosquitoes and ticks that may transmit Zika, Dengue, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Lyme Disease and Encephalitis. Proven® is smooth, non-greasy, odorless, long lasting and mom approved. Products are EPA registered and made in the USA with ingredients sourced from the US and Germany.

It’s time to feel good about your insect repellent!