Nothing pulls on a mom's heart strings or stresses a mommy out quite like a sick baby. Make sure that you're prepared for this flu season by stocking up on these 20 essential items and for your sick baby or toddler:
1. Boogie WipesLink: Boogie Wipes
Boogie Wipes are great for wiping the nose area without irritating the skin. They also come in a "Fresh Scent" (instead of the traditional "Grape Flavored Scent." My little one seems to prefer the fresh scent.
2. Cool Mist HumidifierLink: Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Cool mist humidifiers are the best - think the hippo Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is adorable and Crane is an amazing brand. I have researched and experimented with very any of these pain-in-the-a** items, and I have narrowed it down to the two best humidifiers out there for babies (see my post on the Top 2 Humidifiers for Baby (Easy-to-Use). I've known a few people, including myself, who have been very disappointed with humidifiers bought in the stores. (They are either to loud, difficult to clean, or have some other idiosyncrasy).
3. Liquid Medication Dispenser Syringe
Link: Infant Medicine Syringe Dispenser
Infant Medicine Dispenser
Having multiple Infant Medicine Syringe Dispensers on hand is extremely helpful. It's hard to have too many of these things with a toddler or baby in the house. Dispensers usually come in the box with each medication bottle that you purchase (for Infants medicine). Save them! Otherwise, you'll be forced to clean the dispenser after each use every single time. If you're supermom, then fine, clean it each time. If you're human like me, then you'll be incredibly tired, and distracted, when you have a sick baby. So clean it [tomorrow] and use a spare dispenser the next time.
For traveling and for daycare, keep a booger sucker on hand as well. The booger suckers that they give you at the hospital are the best out there. I have yet to find a great one in the store, though I've been told that Amazon.com has a few booger suckers with a lot of potential. My child despises the booger sucker. More on that in the post Help! Baby HATES the Booger Sucker: Mommy Support Needed.
Link: Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer (Dual Mode)
4. Nipple Medication Dispenser
Nipple Medication Dispenser for Baby
5. The FridaBaby (aka, "NoseFrida") Nasal AspiratorLink: FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator
FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator
I was reluctant to try the FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator (aka, the "NoseFrida) at first, but this boogie-sucking item is a must-have. It is fantastic. My child used to DESPISE the booger sucker (so much so that I even published Help! Baby HATES the Booger Sucker: Mommy Support Needed a separate blog post, seeking advise in my moment of booger-sucking desperation). Thanks to the readers at Mommy Mia Monologues, who suggested the Nosefrida to me, my child no longer fears booger sucking time (see How the Nosefrida Changed My Boogy Little Life).
Video of my daughter saying "ahhh" (in relief)
each time we use the Nosefrida...hilarious.
(and/or the hospital-grade Booger Sucker)
|Booger Sucker (I drew a happy face on the thing because |
I wanted to daughter to like it so badly).
6. Spare Batteries for Baby ThermometerLink: Thermometer Batteries
There is no worse time to realize that your baby thermometer is out of batteries than when you have a sick, crying baby. Do not let this happen to you. Baby Thermometer Batteries(especially the Ear Thermometers) are usually those weird, round batteries - not your simple AAA or AA batteries - the digital thermometer batteries often require those circular kind of batteries that have weird names numeric descriptions to them, like the "CR-2032." Trying to figure out the type of battery your baby thermometer takes (not to mention, going to the store to buy the battery), while you have a sick baby or toddler will make you insanely stressed out. Buy your thermometers spare battery before your baby gets sick - keep spare batteries on hand.
7. Forehead and Ear Thermometer for Baby
Forehead and Ear Thermometer
8. Tissues with Lotion
Tissues with Lotion
If your baby or toddler has a runny noise, chances are that you'll be wiping it a lot. Using tissues with lotion is a good idea because it helps soften the rubbing on baby's already raw skin.
9. Aquaphor for Baby Healing Ointment
Link: Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is amazing for chapped skin due to runny noses. Use these ointments to rub around your baby's chapped little nose and lips. When your little one has a cold, this can make the world of a difference to your baby. I swear my little one looks up and thanks me each time I rub this on her poor, chapped lips and nostrils when she is sick.
10. Wet Ones, Antibacterial Wipes
11. Saline Spray for Baby
Link: Saline Nasal Mist (Baby)
Using Saline Nasal Mist, Baby gets the gunk out and works wonders when coupled with either your booger sucker or the Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator (see How the Nosefrida Changed My Boogy Little Life). My child despises Saline Spray, but it is completely necessary when they have a cold. It gets the gunk out of there, and can help to prevent pneumonia from building up in your baby's chest.
Saline Nasal Mist for Baby
13. Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle SoupChicken Noodle Soup is great for older babies, and sick mommies.
14. Baby Food in Pouches
Baby Food PouchesYour toddler may refuse to eat when their sick, and they may even refuse to drink their milk. Keep baby food pouches with yogurt (for their daily dairy) in stock.
16. Medication Dosage Information Sheet
Talk to the pediatrician and fill this out ahead of time.
Keep an all-inclusive list of the medications that your baby can take, and make photocopies of it for your child's daycare provider, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and keep one in the diaper bag as well. Be sure to ask your pediatrician about this prior to your child getting sick - because waiting for your pediatrician to call you back when your child is miserably sick can make minutes feel like hours. Make sure to pair the dosage information with the milligrams (mg.), as some medications of the same type come in different strengths. Make sure you jot down your child's age and weight, along with the dosage (mg.) information as well.
Check with your pediatricians about medications that your infant/child can take (e.g., Tylenol, IB Profin, Benadryl, etc.).
18. The "B.R.A.T. Diet"
(Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast)
19. Photo Copies of the Operating Manuals for Each Baby Thermometer You Own
Not all thermometers are created equal! You have your forehead thermometers, versus ear thermometers, versus anal thermometers versus under-arm thermometers...what classifies a "fever" is different on each device! It's not as simple as 98.6 degrees! Keep photocopies of your thermometer's manual in every bag that you use for your baby (diaper bags, tote bags, gym bags, etc.). Ear thermometers and forehead thermometers have different temperature ranges as to what qualifies as a "fever"; for example, a temperature reading of 98.6 degrees on some "forehead thermometers" can actually mean that your baby has a fever of possibly 100+degrees. These devices vary significantly. (Anal temperature readings are the most accurate, but I like to use that method only once I suspect a temperature with my forehead and ear thermometers.
20. Vick's Baby Rub
Link: Vick's Baby Rub
Vick's Baby Rub
I put Vick's Baby Rub on baby's feet before bed when she is sick. If I am going to be near her, I rub it on her chest too. I do this after giving my little one a nice, long bath in a steamy bathroom. My little one is a big fan of the Vick's Baby Rub.
A steamy bath
Even though this may not qualify as a "product," a steamy bath can do wonders for a congested baby or toddler. I like to steam up my bathroom before I give my little one a bath when she is congested. It helps every time.
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