Post # 1
I know the recommendations for outdoors and babies – limit exposure and cover their little thin skin. But we’ll be outdoors some this summer so I’d rather have sunblock (I heard block is best for young babies) and spray that works. I don’t want to use DEET products on my baby but was wondering if the citronella products are even worth trying.
Anyone have any recommendations for sunblock and bug spray that’s gentle enough for babies but actually works?
Post # 3
Our doctor recommended no sunblock until over 6 months, and no bug spray until over 1 year. I had Addie in June, and we spent a lot of time outside, but we never used sunblock; I just kept her in the shade and/or covered with a blanket.
As far as bug spray goes, our doctor recommend getting a mosquito net for her stroller. I also used one of the Off Clip-On bug repellents (I’d set it near us, if we were just outside, or clip it on to the back of her car seat where the product would be sprayed out away from her) and that seemed to work pretty well. I’d ask your doctor about Citronella products, but my immediate thought is that they’d probably be ok, as long as your baby isn’t right next to them/inhaling the Citronella.
ETA: You can buy products that have SPF built-in (clothes, hats, etc…) and the doctor said that was ok, just not sun block directly on her skin.
Post # 4
I don’t have kids, but I’ve heard great things about California Baby. They sell it at Target and I believe it’s all natural/organic. Maybe worth looking into?
Post # 5
I found this site to be helpful in sorting out the ingredients:
Mainly trying to decide between California baby, Jason’s Earth’s best and Badger. Just don’t want her little cheeks to be too sticky so didn’t know if anyone had any experience.
And from what I’ve read from the AAP no sunscreen used to be what they advised but now on the smaller exposed areas they say it’s fine. The recommendation wasn’t really based on any research just that babies have thin skin and they weren’t sure the effect. We’re going to go the all natural route and people lotion their babies up with regular lotion at that age so I’ll just feel better about taking her outdoors if she’s got some lil protection on her face and hands.
Post # 6
I always check the cosmetic database from the environmental working group listed above. A couple of my friends are environmental pediatricians and there was concern about sunscreen/block metabolites found in babies’ blood. There is such limited data on citronella that I think I’d be wary. Essential oils are thought to be safe bug sprays for babies.
Post # 7
My doctor said no sunblock until 6 months so we plan to just cover her up with hats, umbrellas, etc and as far as bug protection we have a bouncer that has a built in bug netting that you could zip up when outdoors
Post # 8
I have friends that use listerine as bug spray. They put it in spray bottles and spray all over. Personally I haven’t tried it so I am not sure if it actually works. Sorry I am no help!