I feel like we're always fighting the good fight against mosquitoes here in South Florida. All year 'round they are a complete nuisance, but, oh, how it intensifies in the summertime. In addition to Ethan being allergic to mosquito bites (I know, good thing we live in Florida, right?), mosquito season is stressful because it's nearly impossible to find a way to keep the bugs at bay. You have the option to spray your child down in some toxic chemical mist and -- well, I probably don't have to go into detail as to why that's not the best option. Those all-natural sprays are fine if you want to grease up your kiddo and forgo the sunscreen which, well, isn't really an option, either. There are some variations of rubber repellent bands on the market but they all require direct contact on your child's skin or belt loop (which isn't always an option) and can cause irritation and rash. It always feels a little like a juggling game and for that reason, I tend to eliminate the park from our list of later afternoon summertime activities -- which is a shame.
When I first heard about Buglet, I quickly realized that this one product eliminated all of my qualms with bug repellent. Buglet is a wristband with a stone face that allows you to apply droplets of the all-natural bug repellent onto it before use.
The stone is set in the wristband so it makes no contact with your child's skin. The band itself doesn't contain any repellent -- and ready for this? -- it's a slap bracelet!
(The '90's kid in me was so excited to watch Ethan discover the fascination with slap bracelets.)
The Buglet wristbands are cute and come in a variation of colors and shapes (Ethan got to try the owl!). One of the things that I also loved about Buglet right off the bat is that the wristbands come with a refill bottle of the essential oil-based repellent making it so that your dollar stretches a lot further and you don't have to worry about running out and replacing new product. When the time does come to reorder, Buglet makes it easy by letting you purchase a new bottle of the repellent refill for only $7.00 instead of purchasing a new set entirely.
So, I established really quickly that a) Buglet wristbands are adorable and b) they seem like the answer to our bug bite woes. The only thing left to do was to make sure they actually work. Our first outing with the Buglet in tow was an early evening nature walk on a nature trail in a wooded area of a local park. At the end of our walk, none of us had a single bite. If you're from South Florida, you can acknowledge what a victory this is!
After our walk, Ethan was bug bite free and ready to do some playing on the playground as the sun went down. We went home with no bites whatsoever, just the good kind of tired you get after an afternoon of playing before bedtime. With Buglet, that after dinner, before bedtime playtime becomes a reality again -- even during the Florida summers.
It's been a few weeks since we've been using our Buglet wristband -- and I said "our" on purpose. Sure, it's for kids, but I've been borrowing it (I can't resist the slap bracelet, okay?) on my nightly walks. Whereas I used to come home bitten up or, worse, having to cut my walk short due to the presence of mosquitoes, I now come home bug bite free each and every time.
As the summer unfolds, I am grateful for the freedom Buglet gives Ethan to enjoy his time outside and that it keeps itchy, stinging bug bites the farthest thing from his mind. We have had zero bites since utilizing the Buglet on our adventures and, well, I don't even know how to begin to properly express my gratitude! We wholeheartedly recommend Buglet to anyone looking to provide their little ones with some relief from those pesky bites -- safely and effectively. Oh, and pretty cutely, too.
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