Dear Diary,

When my daughter turned one, she celebrated her birthday at the lake. I packed everything except the kitchen sink and headed to Deep Creek, Maryland.  In addition to her bathing suits, cover ups, sunglasses and sunscreen, I remembered to toss insect repellent in the bag.  But with her history of eczema and her young age, I had to research what I rubbed on her sensitive skin. Before I spray DEET, I wanted to see if there were any organic alternatives available to prevent pest problems.

Here is a safe insect repellent for your infants and toddlers.

Homemade Insect Repellent 

Want to make your own safe insect repellant for babies and toddlers? Rub on essential oils like lemon balm (citronella), pennyroyal, lavender, peppermint, clove or rose geranium.  Check with your pediatrician before applying the mix to your baby’s sensitive skin.  Natural isn’t equivalent to safe.  Some kids are allergic to plant oils. And remember, natural repellents typically require repeat applications.

Repellent Recipe #1:

10-25 drops essential oil

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Pour into a travel bottle. Rub a few drops on your child’s skin or spray on his/her clothes.

Repellent Recipe #2:

25 drops essential oil (see above)

1/4 cup water or organic apple cider vinegar

Hey DFTM Fam–What repellents do you use on your little one?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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