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

Enjoying a Bug Free Summer

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.

Enjoying a Bug Free Summer

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.

Enjoying a Bug Free Summer

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!

Enjoying a Bug Free Summer

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!

Enjoying a Bug Free Summer

 

 

 

 

Enjoying a Bug Free Summer

16 Comments

  1. Natalie Brown

    August 17, 2017 at 6:20 am

    My 3 year old boy sounds exactly like your little boy. We have even ended up staying in hospital for a couple of days after a mozzie bite became infected near his eye. He has ended up on antibiotics numerous times since then too. I am really interested in trying this wrsitband although my little boy hates wearing things on his wrist too. I just need to find out if they are available in Australia and think what bribe would work to get him to wear it!! 🙂

    1. Alex

      August 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Yes, I had completely stopped taking my son outside because he gets them so bad! I hope they’re available for you!!

  2. Bekah

    August 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Hmm, those sound like something I might need with my little guys when we are Florida, thanks for sharing!

    1. Alex

      August 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Thanks for reading! 😊

  3. Danielle G

    August 17, 2017 at 7:41 am

    These would be cool for kids and adults. I just use Terrashield from doTERRA for myself and my dogs.

    1. Alex

      August 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

      I’ve heard such good things about doTERRA! So glad you found something that works for you! 😊

  4. Keri|flipflopweekend

    August 17, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Great post! My 3 year old daughter gets BIT up, even with bug spray and I feel terrible. We had started to put leggings on her, but in the Florida summer, that isn’t comfortable either. I actually used bands similar to these, along with all-natural bug spray and it does keep them at bay so she can enjoy being outside. The bands I have came from Target, but are a little tough to put on and fit to her wrist. I think the snap feature on these would work much better, I will have to check them out. Thanks!

    1. Alex

      August 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Yes!! I put pants on my son a few times but he sweats so bad I ended up just feeling terrible! These are so easy to put on, we just need to work with him about putting things on his wrist 😂

  5. Tara

    August 17, 2017 at 9:35 am

    What a great idea! I hate bug spray and I’m like you, the mosquitoes tend to stay away from me. But I noticed my 4 year old with tons of bites the past couple of weeks! Ouch! I will have to check these wrist bands out. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Stacie

    August 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

    These sound amazing! Im a walking bug buffet myself… I wonder if they only work on mosquitoes or if they repel other bugs as well…

  7. Sarah

    August 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Such a great idea and if it means you’re able to be outside with your kids for longer its a win-win situation! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sarah

    August 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Awesome! I can’t wait to try these 🙂 I rather let my child where a band then spray them with all sorts of bug sprays. I know the feeling of bugs seeming to be more attracted to one person than another 🙂 great info thank u!

  9. Jessica

    August 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    How neat!! I need to see if one of these would fit my son. He’s a mosquito magnet and he’s allergic to them 😭

  10. Shell

    August 18, 2017 at 8:07 am

    What a fantastic idea!!! I don’t want to spray chemicals on my little boy so this is a wonderful alternative to all those chemical laden sprays that can be purchased! Thanks so much for sharing… I had no idea I could get these!!

  11. Allison

    August 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

    How neat is this? I’d love to try this out because mosquitos LOVE me and I hate the way bug spray smells and leaves you feeling sticky!

  12. Ashley

    August 21, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I haven’t had any problems with mosquitos where I live, don’t think they like 120 degree heat! Id love to get some of these for some family members though that deal with troublesome mosquitos!

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