Baby & the Bugs

It’s that time of the year again when the bugs are just everywhere. From flies to mosquitoes to bees and more – it can be positively annoying to try and get your baby outside into the fresh air and to explore their world when the bugs are just everywhere. So what is a parent to do to keep the bugs off their baby?

Neutral Colors

Sounds strange, I know but consider earth tones rather than pastels or bright primary colors to dress the baby in. Neutral colors are less likely those bright flowery prints of attracting bees, flies or mosquitoes. It’s also easier to see insects like ticks on them.

Check out khaki colored outfits and off-white outfits. If you can get very lightweight ones, you can even add long sleeves on their tops. You can use products like Avon Skin-So-Soft sunscreen that’s hypoallergenic, protects against sunburn and bugs.

You can use bug spray containing Deet on your child if you spray it on your hands and wipe it on their exposed skin. Stay away from their face, eyes and mouth.

Spray Your Yard

You can also spray your yard regularly with bug spray in order to cut down the bug population and of course, it’s important to get rid of all the fire ant piles because those are definitely a no no. Letting your baby explore the yard and enjoy the outdoors is very important to their development.

My eight month-old nephew enjoys playing in the grass in the front yard, especially late in the day when its cool and shady. He loves the tactile sensation of pulling at the grass. We’re lucky that he doesn’t like to put any of it in his mouth, but he does enjoy playing with it.

Hand Sanitizer

Have some hand sanitizer ready so that you can clean them up after they come in from playing. Your baby will enjoy the time spent outdoors – they will get the benefit of the fresh air and sunshine. They will enjoy the time exploring their world and keeping the insects off of them so they won’t get hurt can comfort you.

The more we explore our world, the more the world opens for us. Open the world up for your baby and eliminate the worries about bugs – besides – wait until your little one discovers sand piles!

What does your baby enjoy about the outside world?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.