It can be a stressful thing to have a sick baby, especially when it’s the middle of the night and your little one is up crying in pain – and suddenly you and your spouse are drawing straws for who gets to go find a 24hour pharmacy. Avoid those midnight pajama dashes to the store by having a well-stocked and supplied medicine cabinet. Since these necessities can often cost quite a bit (especially when you need several at the same time), these are GREAT baby registry items!
Over the years I found a few products that helped my baby, that I loved. Read on below for 20 must have baby medicine cabinet essentials!
1. Digital Thermometer
When I finally broke down and got a digital thermometer, I was so grateful I did. It can be really tough to get a sick and crying baby to sit still enough to get a good read. I always keep a regular thermometer on hand, as well (especially for the more accurate anal temperature readings, which I disliked doing, but did when the Doc asked). I’ve tried the Braun Forehead Thermometer and love it. I highly recommend a digital thermometer for the family.
What would I have done without a humidifier when my daughter was a baby?! Now I do steam bath’s, which work as well, but I loved having the humidifier in her room when she had a bad cold or cough. I love the Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier in the Frog character. So cute- and it gets good reviews!
3. Babies’ non-apsirin liquid pain reliever
It is always a good idea to have some non-aspirin liquid pain reliever in the house with a new baby.
We keep a well-stocked supply of cute bandages in multiple rooms of our home.
5. Pedialyte/ Electrolyte solution
An electrolyte solution is a good idea for preventing dehydration, if there is vomiting or diarrhea.
6. Nasal Aspirator
For those pesky colds, a nasal aspirator is essential. I always wanted to try the Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator, but never got the chance. It gets stellar reviews and seems much more gentle for babies.
7. Anti-gas drops
Babies can get pretty bad gas. Having anti-gas drops is a good idea, for those hurting bellies. I liked Little Remedies.
I wish I had learned about the importance of probiotics sooner! Especially when a baby has an infection or the onset of a cold. I LOVE the Zarbees Naturals Baby Probiotic.
9. Natural Cough Syrup
I also love the Zarbees Cough Syrup for little ones. It is safe and effective with a blend of honey. I could never get my daughter to eat honey when she had a cold, but she loved this syrup.
10. Teething Gel
Teething is the worst. Having a teething remedy on hand can help on those especially rough days.
11. Antibiotic Ointment
Antiobiotic ointment is good to have on hand for small burns, scrapes, or cuts.
12. Colic Drops
I did not experience colic, but I see there are many awesome products for babies with colic. Many of them get great reviews, too!
I am a HUGE fan of nasal saline spray when my daughter has a cold. No, she does not like having drops put up her nose, but it really helps clear her out and gives her almost instant relief. Plus, it is a safe and really inexpensive remedy.
14. Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream
My poor kiddo got stung by a bee twice in one year. I was glad to have some hydrocortisone cream in my house to help take the sting away.
15. Basic gauze/ first aid kit
No one loves the idea of stopping a serious wound, but having a small supply of various sized gauze and tape is a good idea. Gauze pads can be used to make various sized bandages, as wall as applying pressure to stop bleeding. Include a pair of scissors and adhesive tape.
16. Cotton Balls
For applying liquid medicines.
17. Multiple oral syringes
I will usually ask my pharmacist for a couple of extra oral syringes when my daughter is sick, because those can go missing so quickly!
18. Cold packs
A few fun and colorful cold packs are good for reducing swelling.
19. Diaper rash cream
Sometimes those diaper rashes can get really painful. I used a daily cream and kept an extra strength cream for the bad rashes. I loved Desitin Rapid Relief and others on our contributor team swear by Dr. Smith’s.
20. Soft washcloths
Soft washcloths are perfect for cleaning gums and teeth, as well as cleaning baby’s body.