As I laid awake in bed the other night thanks to the mosquito buzzing in my ear yet again, I realized that our son, who is due to be born in just over a week, will likely also experience the buzzing mosquitoes at night and will probably be bitten by them too. Poor guy won't be able to defend himself, and I don't want him having to deal with these annoying creatures during his first few months of life.
Keeping them out of the house is not an option, as I'm sure they fly right inside each time we take our two dogs out, and I'm thinking our screens may have some small holes just big enough for them to squeeze in. I also don't think mosquito netting would be a big help, as I'm sure he'll be in and out of his bed several times a night for feedings/changing, and I'm not confident we could keep all the mosquitoes outside the net.
I'm thinking some type of electronic bug zapper or repellent will be our best bet. Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping the skeeters away from my baby? Thanks!!
Mosquito netting around crib and your bed. Natural repellents. Citronella bracelets, bounce or Downy fabric dryer sheets tied to mosquito netting and I also rubbed then on my little boys clothes. You could try fogging the bedroom without the baby in it about an hour before bed. These are all the things I have done to keep the mosquito's off of our child. We also have a mosquito machine in the yard. Good luck
First of all many congratulations I had no idea 🙂
Anyway, I found this company last week on line - they have no see um netting and mosquito netting - the difference being .625 holes per sq. inch for the no see um netting vs 156 holes per sq. in for the mosquito netting
They will custom make anything and I believe they ship USPS Priority so mabe they would ship Express as well so even if you don't have them make anything you could drape it over his crib somehow and it would be here before he is 🙂 I doubt the extra few seconds it takes to get to him through the net will make that much difference at 1am and 3am and 5am 🙂 but it may help alot to keep him bite free.
Good luck and congrats again
ps: what's the little fella's name 🙂
Thanks for all the suggestions, and thanks Piaa for the congratulations! Little guy's name is a secret until he arrives, sorry 🙂
I was thinking the mosquito netting would make it hotter for him in his crib, is this not true? (I've never slept with mosquito netting so I don't know). Actually, the baby bed we have comes with a mesh canopy meant to be used if you take the baby bed outside, I may look into getting that. I never knew dryer sheets would repel mosquitoes, what a good idea!
I'd love to invite lizards into the house, but they tend to stay away because our dogs like to "play" with them (aka kill them).
Thanks again everyone for all the good ideas, I'm feeling a bit better about protecting the little guy from the mosquitoes.
I know this sounds strange, but I heard about this from a forwarded email and it seems to work pretty good. Take Listerine, undiluted, and put it in a spray bottle and spray it around doors and windows and even the ground. It cut the number of mosquitoes we have in our house drastically. I reapply every couple of days or if it has rained. It's one of the better things that doesn't involve DEET, which is not something you want around a newborn. When my guy was little, I always had him in long pj's when he was in bed for the night, or was tightly swaddled (which he LOVED!). I also picked up a few crib mosquito nets at the dollar store and they worked well. You just need to be careful that the net is taught enough that they cannot easily pull it in the crib and get tangled in it.
I heard about the dryer sheets from a Cruzian friend who suggested it for our son who is a mosquito magnet. It seems to work pretty well but I don't rub it on his skin only his clothes. I have used it on my skin and it worked for me. Has anyone tried spraying Listerine on themselves?
dilute the listerine with some water - jj will be minty fresh! when it comes to not having mosquito bites i don't care what i smell like. i have also put fingernail polish (use clear to not see it) on bites to stop the itching. i know how crazy all this sounds but it works and i live around the lake so we have the mosquito problem too.
My family has used Bounce dryer sheets for years to ward of skeeters. We would tuck them onto our lawn chairs at camp sites. Or on window blinds of vacation homes. I will try the Listerine spray too. Someone else told me about putting a few drops of original lemon fresh Joy in a pan of water to ward off no see'ums. Makes you wonder . . . do off brands works just as well, or must they be Bounce, Listerine and original Joy?