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Mosquito Repellent for Babies [Top Picks + Complete Buying Guide]

Mosquito Repellent for Babies [Top Picks + Complete Buying Guide]

As moms living in the Philippines, we all know how common it is for kids and adults to contract dengue.

I want my kid to be able to play outside without being bothered by pesky mosquitoes. Luckily, I’ve come across some handy mosquito repellants that I can keep in my diaper bag, especially during rainy season.

Rest assured, these 5 options are all reliable and effective at keeping pesky mosquitoes away.

EDITOR’S PICK

Human Nature Skin Shield Lotion

Human Nature Skin Shield Lotion

PREMIUM PICK

Off Insect Repellent Lotion for Kids

Off Insect Repellent Lotion for Kids

VALUE PICK

Greenika Organic Citronella Spray

Greenika Organic Citronella Spray

1. Editor’s Choice – Human Nature Skin Shield Lotion

Human Nature Skin Shield Lotion

Key Features

  • Ingredients: Citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, and soybean oil
  • Safe for: Breastfeeding or pregnant moms, and kids
  • Price: Php 110
  • Scent: Citronella
  • Size: 50ml

The Human Nature’s Skin Shield Lotion is the perfect mosquito repellent to protect your babies all year round. Its lotion-like texture spreads easily on the skin. It even comes in an oil solution you can spray on your babies. 

I love the citronella scent of this repellent because it smells so soothing. It also feels cool on the body, perfect even for a hot day! 

This repellent hits two birds with one stone because it can also help moisturize your baby’s skin

Just apply 2-3 pumps on your hand, and lather it on the exposed parts of your baby’s skin. Re-apply every three hours, depending on your kids’ activity. 

The only problem I noticed is that the cover gets loose and open. If you aren’t mindful, the contents might spill out. 

PROS

  • Long-lasting protection
  • Comes in an oil or lotion form
  • Helps moisturize skin
  • Very accessible and affordable

CONS

  • The top cover could get loose

2. Premium Choice – Off Insect Repellent Lotion for Kids

Off Insect Repellent Lotion for Kids

Key Features

  • Ingredients: N, N, Diethyl-meta toluamide (DEET)
  • Safe for: Children 
  • Price: Php 189
  • Scent: Tropical fresh
  • Size: 100ml

OFF has always been a favorite among us parents. It’s perfect for kids who are fond of spending their time playing outdoors. 

The product contains 7.5% DEET, lasting up to three hours! You don’t have to worry about reapplying often. 

It also comes in a 6 ml sachet, which you can easily squeeze into your diaper bag when you’re in a rush. 

The best part is that this mosquito repellent is dermatologically tested. It won’t cause any nasty bumps or rashes that can give your baby an uncontrollable itch. 

Note that this mosquito repellent contains synthetic ingredients. Always ask your baby’s pediatrician if it’s safe for them to use. 

PROS

  • Perfect for outdoor activities 
  • Protects for up to three hours
  • Fragrant smell
  • Tried and tested mosquito 

CONS

  • Uses synthetic ingredient

3. Budget Choice – Greenika Organic Citronella Spray

Greenika Organic Citronella Spray

Key Features

  • Ingredients: Natural and plant-based ingredients
  • Safe for: Adults and children
  • Price: Php 71
  • Scent: Citronella
  • Size: 50ml

This mosquito repellent is extremely affordable, perfect for the budget conscious. Despite its price, this repellent performs well at keeping the bugs away. 

The spray has a nice citronella scent that isn’t too powerful or overbearing on your and your baby. It also has a lightweight and non-greasy consistency, perfect for a hot summer day. 

Not only can this spray repel mosquitoes, but it can also help treat insect bites

Citronella is a natural ingredient that helps with pain and inflammation from a bite and stops it from getting worse and itching more.

I do wish I could find this spray in stores as I’ve only been able to find this product online.

PROS

  • Non-greasy texture
  • Helps repel mosquitoes even after how many hours
  • Relieves pain and inflammation because of mosquito bites
  • Made of natural and organic ingredients

CONS

  • It can only be bought online

4. MoskiShield Mosquito Repellent Patch

MoskiShield Mosquito Repellent Patch

Key Features

  • Ingredients: Citronella oil and lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Safe for: Children 
  • Price: Php 176
  • Scent: Citronella
  • Size: 24 small patches

Mosquito patches are perfect for kids who can’t seem to stay still. All you have to do is stick it on their clothes, and it can repel any mosquitoes that come their way. 

Make no mistake in thinking that patches aren’t as effective as lotion and spray types. This product is powerful, effective, and even the first to receive BFAD/FDA approval

The patches come in fun and cute animal designs which your kids will love. 

Plus, they’re so easy to pack because you can just slip them inside the pocket of your diaper bag. 

The only drawback is the patches can easily come off if you don’t stick it well. I highly recommend placing it in areas where your kid can’t easily remove it. 

PROS

  • Safe for kids and babies to use
  • Easy to stick on kids
  • Many designs to choose from
  • Very easy to bring anywhere

CONS

  • Sticker tends to fall off when not placed properly

5. Bite Me Not Citronella Spray

Bite Me Not Citronella Spray

Key Features

  • Ingredients: Geraniol and natural oils (peppermint, rosemary, and geranium) 
  • Safe for: Babies starting two months old and up
  • Price: Php 167
  • Scent: Citronella
  • Size: 250ml

Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without the Bite Me Not Citronella spray. It’s safe on the skin, even for babies as young as two months old. 

The spray can give your kid up to three hours of protection. You can keep reapplying it without any consequences on your baby’s health.

I also love how this spray has a light and non-sticky consistency. My baby can feel comfortable no matter how often we apply the repellent! 

Its 250ml packaging is perfect for many uses. It can last a long time, perfect for families who live in areas with high concentrations of mosquitoes. 

Do note that this spray uses synthetic ingredients. Nevertheless, these ingredients aren’t harsh and safe on baby’s skin.

PROS

  • Comes in a large bottle, perfect for many uses
  • Safe and effective even on babies
  • Doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals
  • Long-lasting protection

CONS

  • Contains synthetic ingredients

Factors to Consider When Buying Mosquito Repellents for Babies

Factors to Consider When Buying Mosquito Repellents for Babies

In finding the best mosquito repellent for babies, I had a few considerations in mind. I’ve listed them here so you can find the perfect product that suits you and your baby. 

1. Application Type

Mosquito repellents come in different application types: lotions, sprays, and sticks. They all provide an easy application that is perfect even for first-time parents. 

Of the three, I prefer sticks and lotions. They’re easier to apply on the body and provide full coverage. Plus, you can control how much product you use on your baby. 

Sprays don’t always provide full coverage. The tendency is to miss some spots since you’ll have to spray from a distance. 

Nevertheless, they’re just as effective and reliable as sticks and lotions. 

2. Duration

Mosquito repellents don’t last the same time. Some can provide up to 24 hours of protection, while others are as short as 2 hours.

The duration typically depends on how much DEET and Picaridin the product contains. 

DEET and Picaridin are active ingredients used to repel insects, so the higher the concentration, the better. 

I recommend choosing a mosquito repellent with a higher DEET/Picaridin concentration. This is perfect for kids who are always playing outdoors. 

3. Size

It’s easy to find a mosquito repellent that suits your needs. They can come in various sizes, ranging from a 6 ml sachet pack to a 250 ml spray

If you want something to pack in your diaper essentials, I highly recommend purchasing a 50 ml bottle. But a small sachet is just enough if it’s just for one-time use. 

Big bottles are ideal for people living in areas with many mosquitoes. It saves you the time to go to the store to buy a product. 

4. Cost

Price is always a big motivational factor for many parents. As much as possible, we limit our choices based on how much we can afford. 

Thankfully, mosquito repellents are affordable yet effective. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing your budget just to find a reliable product for your baby. 

5. Ease of Application

Mosquito repellents are very easy to use. Lotion types can be applied just like regular lotion. You can squeeze an ample amount on your palm and lather it on your baby’s body. 

Spray repellents are just as easy because you only have to spray them on your baby’s skin. 

You can also spray the product on your palm and apply it like lotion. I find this method more effective than just spraying. 

It provides an even coverage, ensuring you can get your baby’s nooks and crannies. 

6. Safety 

Today’s mosquito repellents are made of natural and organic materials like soybean or coconut oil. The beauty of these products is that they’re 100% baby safe. 

You don’t have to worry about it causing rashes or irritations on your baby’s skin. 

Some products are made of synthetic ingredients. Despite this, some remain baby-safe, especially if dermatologist-tested and pediatrician approved. 

7. Odor and Feel

Based on my observation, I noticed that most mosquito repellents have the same citronella smell. There is nothing wrong with it because I find the scent soothing. 

Nonetheless, other products smell like eucalyptus or bergamot. Regardless of what it smells like, ensure it isn’t too harsh on your baby

I also try prioritizing lightweight repellants because they’re non-sticky and non-greasy. Lightweight products are always ideal, especially in a climate like the Philippines. 

8. Age of Your Kids

Always check the label on your mosquito repellent and see what age it’s good for. 

Some products are good for babies as early as two months old, while others are ideal for kids beginning at two years old.

Make sure to read and follow the label before buying the repellent. You can also ask your baby’s pediatrician if they can recommend safe and suitable products for your baby.

9. Presence of Pets

Remember that some mosquito repellents are made of synthetic ingredients that aren’t pet-friendly. If you’ve got fur friends at home, check the product’s ingredients before buying.

You don’t want to end up with mosquito repellents that are highly toxic for your pets!

10. Outside Exposure

If your family is always outdoors, I highly recommend long-lasting mosquito repellents. This goes back to how much DEET and Picaridin are on the product. 

The higher the concentration, the lesser times you have to worry about reapplying the repellent. At the same time, your kid can enjoy the outdoors longer than others! 

However, remember that mosquito repellents shouldn’t be used as a substitute for baby cuts and scrapes they get from playing outside. There are other products for that.

What Are the Different Types of Mosquito Repellents?

What Are the Different Types of Mosquito Repellents?

There are different types of active ingredients used in mosquito repellents. 

Some of the most common ones include DEET and Picaridin, which are known for being long-lasting and effective. 

The higher its concentration, the better! However, both of these are synthetic ingredients. Always exercise caution and ask your baby’s pediatrician if they’re safe to use. 

Alternatively, some repellents are made of plant-based oils like citronella and eucalyptus. This is perfect for moms who only want to use 100% organic and natural products. 

1. DEET

As I’ve mentioned earlier, DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the active ingredient used for insect repellents. It’s very effective at repelling insects (not killing them), such as mosquitoes! 

The higher the concentration, the better because it can protect your baby for many hours. 

Don’t worry because research shows that DEET is non-toxic. You don’t have to worry about it causing any harmful effects on your baby. 

2. Picaridin

Similarly, Picaridin can effectively repel various insects. Some studies even show that it’s more effective than DEET.  

Picaridin is generally safe on the skin. However, just be sure your baby doesn’t accidentally ingest it, especially if it’s in copious amounts.

If this happens, always ask your doctor for the next steps. 

3. Plant-Based Oils

Plant-based oils are a good alternative to synthetic repellents. They’re just as effective and useful! However, based on what I’ve discovered, plant-based oils aren’t as long-lasting. 

They can last up to a few hours tops. It’ll require frequent application, which can be inconvenient for some parents. 

Frequently Asked Questions

While looking for the best mosquito repellent, I chanced upon some of the FAQs by most parents. I decided to share some of them here, which I’m sure you’ll find very useful. 

When Should You Apply a Mosquito Repellent to Your Baby? 

I highly recommend applying repellent if you’re in a place with many mosquitoes. This ensures no mosquito gets close to them, and they won’t get dengue. 

You should also apply some repellent to your baby if you go out for outdoor activities like camping! 

Remember that if your baby develops an itch, don’t use mosquito repellent as a substitute. 

Use calamine lotion instead. 

More importantly, mosquito repellent should only be used on two-month-old babies. Always ask your doctors for recommendations or if you could use patches for babies below two months. 

How Often Should You Reapply a Mosquito Repellent to Your Child?

You can’t apply mosquito repellent the same way as anti-itch creams. Experts recommend applying the repellent no more than twice a day if it contains DEET or Picaridin higher than 30%. 

But for plant-based oils, you can apply them sooner or immediately after it has lost its effectiveness. 

Most products also indicate the directions for use, which should be a good guide for you. 

Does Applying Mosquito Repellents Have Any Side Effects? 

There are no side effects to using mosquito repellents. The only effect, if at all, is to repel pesky mosquitoes from your skin. 

However, you can find some products with a bonus, like moisturizing your skin. Products like these are perfect for kids with dry or eczema-prone skin.

What Are Some Natural Alternatives to Mosquito Repellents?

If I could avoid using synthetic mosquito repellents, I would. Thankfully, I found a good number of natural alternatives worth trying out:

  • Cinnamon oil
  • Citronella plant
  • Lavender plant
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil

Some of these alternatives, like lavender plants, can also be used against bed bugs

Conclusion 

Protect your baby from mosquitoes with the help of insect repellent. This is one of the best ways to prevent them from getting dengue! 

As mothers, the best we can do for our babies is to provide them with everything they need. 
Whether it’s through our breast milk, their baby diapers, and yes, even mosquito repellent, let’s all aim to do our best.

Josie Mariano
Josie Mariano

Hello, my name is Josie Mariano, and I’m proud to say I’m a soon-to-be mom.
Although my partner and I are still waiting for our firstborn to arrive, we’re already doing whatever it takes to prepare for our baby’s needs.
I’ve been joining a lot of parenting forums and asking my doctors for advice on how to prepare for my baby. They’ve all been very informative and I was able to spot the areas I still need to work on.
At the same time, I also rely on my mom for tips on what to do during my pregnancy journey.
With everything that I’ve learned so far, I’d like to share these experiences to fellow parents and soon-to-be parents!