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9 Essentials for a Nursery First-Aid Kit

9 Essentials for a Nursery First-Aid Kit

Wondering which first-aid supplies are must-haves for new moms? Circle of Moms members swear by these 9 nursery essentials to help you avoid frantic late-night runs to the store.

1. Baby Thermometer

Baby thermometers are essential for quickly confirming whether your flushed newborn is running a fever. While there are many kinds of thermometers (ear, armpit, rectal, mouth, forehead), several moms, including Rebecca K., prefer those that show easy color-coded readings: “I use the Vicks brand thermometer. It has a large lighted digital face, the face turns green if there is no fever, amber if there is a low grade fever, and red if a high fever. It takes 8 seconds to get a temperature.” Don’t forget to keep rubbing alcohol swabs on hand for disinfecting, plus petroleum jelly for rectal thermometers.

2. Infant Nail Clippers or Nail File

Baby nails can causes bad scratches if left untrimmed, especially if a child develops an itchy skin condition like eczema. In addition to nail clippers or a nail file, mother-of-one C. P. recommends scissors: “The scissors help get the very corners of the nail on an infant, which is where they tend to get scratches from even with clipped nails.”

3. Children’s Pain Reliever

Though you’ll want to check with your pediatrician about administering infant pain medications, Krystal W. recommends them as one of the best baby shower gifts for a new mom: “Soon enough there will be a time where they need Tylenol or Motrin, and they will have you to thank when they don’t have to leave to find infant medicine at 2 a.m.!”

4. Gripe Water and Mylicon

Many moms are relieved to have gripe water and Mylicon on hand when their babies become gassy or colicky. As Michelle K. recalls: “My little ones had really bad gas. So Mylicon drops were a lifesaver for me.” And Paige S. raves about gripe water: “Definitely a life saver!! It helps with colic, upset stomach, cramps, hiccups, teething, and gas. Sometimes we can't get her to calm down and we give her some gripe water and it helps a lot!”

5. Diaper Rash Cream

From Bourdreaux Butt Paste to Desitin, moms tout many different diaper rash creams as miracle workers. Some products receive consistently high marks, including Melanie B.’s favorite brand: "Triple Paste. It is THE BEST on the market… Both my daughters have eczema and sensitive skin, so Triple Paste has been a lifesaver, or should I say, a butt saver.”

6. Nasal Aspirator and Saline Drops

“An aspirator (boogie sucker) and saline nose drops are another must have,” shares Christie E. “My son had RSV at 7 weeks (basically a cold, but since they have no immune system, it was pretty stressful), and I couldn’t tell you how many times I used it.” Others, like Nicole K., encourage getting a battery operated nasal aspirator: “I absolutely love it and works so much better than the regular ones! I couldn't imagine not having one.”

7. Pedialyte

Another product you’ll want to check with your pediatrician about, Pedialyte can help rehydrate sick babies. As Nancy L. shared: “My son is just recovering from severe diarrhea. The doctor said it was okay to give him Pedialyte. He was 7 weeks when he got sick. It would keep him hydrated due to all the nutrients they lose."

8. Nipple Cream

Nursery first-aid kids should have products for moms too! Many Circle of Moms members agree with Bethany B. that Lansinoh nipple cream and nursing pads are a “gift from God” for sore and leaking nipples (Medela creams are popular too).

9. Emergency Numbers

You can always call 911 in an emergency, but having a list of other emergency numbers handy in your medicine kit (and programmed into your cell phone) is smart. Include numbers for the closest hospital, your family doctor, Poison Control, and local police and fire departments.

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TammyPratt33061 TammyPratt33061 5 years
As a pre-hospital care provider I believe every new parent and grandparent should take a first aid and CPR class! Even if you have had CPR before there are lots of exciting new updates and now would be a great time to catch up on those! It is a skill I hope no parent ever has to use but if they do they will be glad for the class!
LatarranBrown LatarranBrown 5 years
for mine it is my doterra essential oils: Breathe- congestion, cough, and respitory problem and it works right away no waiting and you can use it as much as needed. Clove- teething on guard- immune booster peppermint- aches,pains and headaches and fevers lavendar- calming melaleuca- rashes and skin problems eucalyptus- fever oil all can be applied straight to the skin or can be mixed with coconut oil.
AnnaNguyen50277 AnnaNguyen50277 5 years
Are the hylands teething tablets back???
DonnaBarclay DonnaBarclay 5 years
Hylands teething tablets are another must and a tube of dentinox to rub on their gums when they teeth
AmandaCaudle AmandaCaudle 5 years
Hylands Teething Tablets!!! My son started teething at 6 weeks and these were amazing little tabs!!
LaressaMarengere LaressaMarengere 5 years
@ Jennifer i agree it works. My mom kept recommending to put vaporub on my daughter's feet. I never did. Then one day my mom just did it and it works great! Now i do it too.
JenniferBox JenniferBox 5 years
This might sound like a "duh" comment but I don't assume everyone knows. When you sweetie is stuffy at night put the vic's vapor rub on their feet and then put their socks on. It works like magic and you don't have to toss and turn (as much) worrying that they are some how going to get it in their mouth!
katBailey katBailey 5 years
Ambesol for teething I know this worked for my 2 boys plus i've used it on myself and is great stuff!!!!!!!
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