(Closed) Sunscreen / bug spray for babies

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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 # 6
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
5153 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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!

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