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 Wipes
Link: Boogie Wipes
2. Cool Mist Humidifier
Link: Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
3. Liquid Medication Dispenser Syringe
Infant Medicine Dispenser
4. Nipple Medication Dispenser
Nipple Medication Dispenser for Baby
5. The FridaBaby (aka, “NoseFrida”) Nasal Aspirator
Link: FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator
FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator
|Booger Sucker (I drew a happy face on the thing because
I wanted to daughter to like it so badly).
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.
6. Spare Batteries for Baby Thermometer
Link: Thermometer Batteries
Spare Baby Thermometer Batteries
7. Forehead and Ear Thermometer for Baby
Link: Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer (Dual Mode)
Forehead and Ear Thermometer
A Forehead and Ear Thermometer is the key to getting your babies temperature without waking the baby up. This Thermometer model is fabulous because it acts as both an ear and a forehead thermometer – whereas most models are usually one or the other. Using the forehead and ear thermometers are not supposed to be quite as accurate as the rectal thermeter to get an accurate reading of your baby’s temperature; however, I’ve always had success with these at gaging the range of my child’s termperature – if it’s high then I also use the rectal thermometer to make sure I have an accurage idea of whether to bring her to the hospital.
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
10. Wet Ones, Antibacterial Wipes
Load up on Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes. You’re going to be wiping off a lot of snot and boogers. Keep your hands clean so you don’t get sick yourself.
11. Saline Spray for Baby
Saline Nasal Mist for 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.
You definitely always want Pedialyte a stock of this in your pantry. I mix just a little bit of Pedialyte in her sippy cup with water – she is more than happy to keep the liquids down.
13. Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup is great for older babies, and sick mommies.
14. Baby Food in Pouches
Baby Food Pouches
Your 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.
15. Dole Mandarin Orange Cups
Mandarin Orange Cups in 100% Fruit Juice
Dole Mandarin in 100% Fruit Juice is great for toddlers with colds. These fruit cups doesn’t contain syrup or any artificial sweeteners (just fruit juice 100%).
16. Medication Dosage Information Sheet
Little Remedies for Fevers
18. The “B.R.A.T. Diet”
The B.R.A.T. diet is fantastic for upset tummies. Keep some mashed banana baby food on hand if you don’t frequently buy bananas. I keep squeezable banana baby food and squeezable apple sauce in my pantry. Mix in the Gerber Rice cereal with the banana baby food.
19. Photo Copies of the Operating Manuals for Each Baby Thermometer You Own
20. 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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