Enjoying a Bug Free Summer
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Hello, friends! Hope y’all are having a great week!
We’ve been having a pretty good one here in Charlotte, except that it’s been raining for about a week. Rain + a toddler who loves to go-go-go is not the best fit, so I was so incredibly grateful for a sunny day yesterday (despite the fact that it was hot as all get out).
I was really back and forth about taking Oliver outside in our backyard- we’ve had a little bit of a backyard ban because y’all, I am not exaggerating when I say that Oliver is a walking popsicle for mosquitoes. They love him. His body, however, does not, and he has pretty dramatic allergic reactions to them (which we found after an emergency trip to Urgent Care because his leg doubled in size and was black and blue. Another story). Not to brag, but he can usually get around 10 mosquito bites within 5 minutes of stepping outside. No, we don’t live by a swamp. It’s just his super power, apparently. Useful.
I do hate having a backyard ban, though. Oliver is always asking to go outside. I want to foster that! I want him to want to go outside. It would just also be nice for him to not have mass swelling. And please do not think I am overestimating the number of mosquitoes that are residing in our backyard. It’s a very large army of them. We’ve tried several bug sprays that haven’t worked, and he’s too little for the hardcore deet. But I recently was given the chance to try these mosquito repellent wristbands, so what a great opportunity to try them out!
Mosquito Repellent Wristband
Yes, I did say wristband and yes, this is around his ankle. Guys, if something bothers Oliver he can’t really move on until it’s taken care of. And let’s just say he is not the biggest fan of things around his wrist. We adapted.
What I really liked about these is how soft they are! These bands are microfiber so they’re really incredibly comfortable. The bands also have multiple holes so the size is easily adaptable, which makes them perfect because my wrists are just a littttttle bit bigger than Oliver’s. But just a little.
Another favorite part? These are chemical free, y’all, so they are perfectly safe for my little toddler. I’m not super crunchy, but I do like to try and limit the amount of chemicals around my kiddos. These contain natural essential oils, and the scent is a repellent to mosquitoes.
I bought a “natural oils” bug spray for Oliver, and guys, I literally gag putting it on him because the smell is so strong. That gave me a little concern about these bands. You can smell them, but it is not strong at all! I barely noticed it having it on my wrist.
So how well do they work?
I watched my child like a hawk, and it was kind of cool (and disgusting) because you could actually see the mosquitoes flying around Oliver but they weren’t landing on him. It was like an invisible barrier around him. I’ll be honest- mosquitoes do not love me, so they generally leave me alone. The band worked for about 20 minutes with Oliver until I noticed a bite on his leg. This is major progress though, because the last time I took him outside, he literally got 8 bug bites in 2 minutes. His PR, I do believe. I do 100% believe that the bands would have been effective longer if it was on his wrist. This is even detailed on the packaging. We’ll definitely be working with him on this, though, because I really like these wristbands so much!
I’m so excited to be able to take Oliver outside- even 20 minutes expends some energy and gets us some fresh air! If you want to try these bands for yourself, get them here! We are off to head back outside today, and attempt to actually put these wristbands on a little boy’s wrist…
Have a phenomenal day!