When my oldest was a baby, I kept her home with me for a full six weeks before venturing into the outside world – six weeks. It was hard, but that’s what baby experts recommended, so that’s what I did. But when my youngest was born, the luxury of staying home was gone. We had places to be and we would have all gone nuts if I cancelled activities for my then three year old. So at exactly one month old, it was off to Disney World – we didn’t want to miss Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
Eventually, kids have to leave the house, and they will be exposed to germs. Sure we do our best to keep kids healthy and limit exposure — wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, don’t touch that, keep your fingers out of your mouth. But the germs get in, and kids get sick.
The question isn’t if they will get sick, but when they will get sick. So the key is to be prepared so you aren’t driving around town at 2 am looking for an open drug store to buy supplies for your baby medicine kit.
Baby Medicine Kit
These are the basic essentials for a Baby Medicine Kit.
Thermometer – Moms know, it only takes one touch to know your baby has a fever (especially in the middle of the night). But how high? Without a doubt, no medicine cabinet is complete without a good thermometer. Having owned several, this is my favorite forehead thermometer. (We’ve had this one for 9 years and it still works perfect!)
Pain/Fever Reliever – For fevers and teething, never let your pain/fever reliever run low. In fact, I recommend stocking two bottles, so you don’t have to leave the house with a sick kid when you run out.
Saline Nose Drops / Bulb Syringe – Babies can’t blow their nose, so you gotta suck it out. Not the most fun process, but it helps little noses breath so be ready. (My tips for helping little ones with a stuffy nose.)
Cough Soother – It is so sad to listen to your little one struggle to sleep coughing all night long. For babies under one, there isn’t much you can do to help. But once they turn one, a honey-based cough soother can help long enough for sleep to take over.
Gripe Water / Gas Relief Drops – I write a whole post about how much gripe water/gas relief drops helped my daughter. You might never need them, but you might thank me for the suggestion later — stock them! 5 Tips to Soothe a Fussy Baby.
Bandages – Lots and lots of bandages. Not just for cuts and scrapes, bandages are often applied to mystery (unseen) boo-boos in my house. You can never have too many.
Little Remedies New Baby Essentials Kit
Available at Walmart, the Little Remedies New Baby Essentials Kit retails for $19.97 and includes the following:
- Infant Fever/Pain Reliever
- Soothing Syrup
- Saline Drops
- Gripe Water
- Gas Relief Drops
- Nasal Aspirator
- Plastic medication syringes and a dropper
- Carrying case
I have to point out the carrying case — look how perfect. Wouldn’t this make a great baby shower gift to help a new mom stock her baby medicine kit?!