Medicine Cabinet Must Haves for a New Baby
Posted on April 24 2019
1. Rectal Thermometer
Parents should take their child’s temperature rectally for the first 6 months. Be sure to lubricate the silver tip with a little petroleum jelly, and insert until the tip is no longer visible. You don't have to insert it far. The results are more accurate than any other type of thermometer this early in a child’s life.
2. Nose Frieda
So much easier to use than the bulbs they give you when you leave the hospital. You can actually see that you’re getting the mucus out. It’s a long tube with a container at the end. It has a chiseled tip to insert in the infant’s nose, and you suck the snot out. Sounds super gross, and I never thought I would use it, but hey motherhood. Nothing better than peace of mind.
3. Mylicon Drops
Gas drops that can be used after every feeding. Helps relieve tummy troubles your baby may be having after feedings or throughout the day.
Helps a ton after vaccine shots. They may run a slight fever. Be sure to ask your doctor about dosage amounts.
5. Saline Drops
You can’t use too much of this. It’s basically a salt water mixture to help break up mucus. It can be almost impossible for your baby to sleep when they have a runny nose and post nasal drip. Be sure to clear out as much mucus as possible as often as you can to avoid ear infections.
6. Vick's Vapor Rub
Partnering with the saline drops and Nose Frieda this will help your baby sleep a little better. Place some on their chest, back, and on their feet (cover with socks.) Before the nap or go to bed.
Must have. It’s good to drop essential oils in them at night to help your baby sleep better, or to combat a cold.
8. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and Lavender essential oils
When you start to notice a little rash you can apply a little amount to the affected area. You will begin to see it clear up in a couple days.
Baby’s skin are so sensitive. I love the smell of the lavender bedtime Johnson & Johnson wash, but it broke my baby out. Aveeno, is for sensitive skin and has less harmful chemicals Also, the Honest Company has great items for skin care as well. For more severe cases Aveeno has a great eczema paste that you can get anywhere. Baths that are too hot or skin care items that are too aggressive can lead to skin dryness and patchy areas of eczema.
11. Balmex Diaper Rash Cream
Diaper rash is inevitable. Look for a product that contains a high amount of Zinc Oxide. You can get a 16 oz. container of Balmex for about $15 at any drugstore. It has a zinc oxide content of 11.3%. There is another product with a slightly higher zinc oxide content named Triple Paste. It contains about 12.1% but runs about $45 for a 16 oz. container. This mama is balling on a budget, so Balmex it is!
12. Medicine syringe/dropper
You won’t be able to give your baby medicine without one of these. They usually come in the box with any children’s medicine you may purchase with a minimum age of 2 or 4 months. It’s always good to have more than one.
13. Nail Clippers
There have been many days where I have had to check for blood after being clawed by my child. Their nails grow quickly. I actually find it easier to use the electric nail trimmer. It give me a closer cut without fear of getting too close unlike the nail clippers. The infant nail clippers have a safety on them to prevent you from getting to close, but it leaves their nails too long.
14. Zarbees Cough Syrup
This is an all natural cough medicine, that contains agave nectar. I tend to lean towards the more homeopathic products that actually work, as much as possible. It’s good to have on hand. It usually comes in a duo package with a vitamin immune booster.