With summer upon us, it’s time to load up on the sunscreen and sprays to keep the kids protected! Dish You Well owner, Christy Malloy, is a local health coach and Monmouth County mom. She knows all too well how confusing it can be when it comes to choosing the best products to put on your little ones, especially when it involves chemicals. Christy breaks it down and shares with The Monmouth Moms below some of her recommendations for sunscreen and bug spray, just in time for summer!
Sunblock and bug spray for the littles – How to pick ’em!
It’s the most amazing time of year! We LOVE all things Summer in this house (well mostly me and Jack.) The only down fall: too much sun or too many bugs. I cringe when I think of Jack getting sunburn or a bug bite. Now that he is a little older we are off doing more adventurous things (a.k.a him not listening and running in the woods) than we have in the past. He can’t simply be protected by a hat and a net in the stroller. In the past for myself, I use essential oils for bug protection, never having read enough about which ones work and why. I was also terrified of the word DEET – not realizing in small doses and certain settings it can be ok. I do have a major fear of anyone I know getting a tick borne illness so I needed to learn more on how to protect us. Having spent a lot of time reading and researching both sunblock and bug spray I now feel like I am in (mostly) full understanding about how this all works, what to look for and what to avoid. I put together a list below, and I hope you find this helpful on your hunt for the perfect protection.
(Remember no sunblock or bug spray in babies 6 months and under.)
Written By: Christy Malloy