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#1 of 6 Old 02-22-2009, 11:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I live in the South. I'm looking at March and wanting to be in the garden doing a little work with dd in the mei tai, and I realized mosquitoes will be out before I know it (like, in March ). Can anyone suggest a good, safe mosquito repellent for infants? I don't want to use DEET on a 7 month old, and I hate the smell of citronella.

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#2 of 6 Old 02-22-2009, 11:47 PM
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I used one from Brittanie's Thyme (unsure of how to spell Brittanie) I saw advertised in Mothering last summer, while I was pg. It's all essential oils.

I think people have also recommended California Baby.

I also REALLY like this company but haven't used this product:

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I mix lavender oil with baby oil. It's very effective
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how much of lavender to add?
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Herbaria Soaps has a natural citronella and marigold soap that works great. I haven't used it on my babe yet but plan to this summer. I use it without anything else and I rarely get bites while everyone else I'm with who use normal, gross spray gets bit all over.

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I'm glad you started this thread! Right now, we live near the Mississippi river, and wow did we have a mosquito problem this past year with floods and all. We're moving to the Chicago area pretty soon but I'm not sure just when, and there are mosquitoes there too. LOL. I ended up using pretty nasty mosquito repellent with DEET on my older daughter last year because the mosquitoes were so incredibly bad. But I can't do that with a newborn. Hopefully there won't be floods and we'll be moved.

I will keep track of suggestions here.
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