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Medicine Cabinet Must Haves for Your Newborn

Having a baby can be scary.

Whether you are a new mom or a seasoned mom, having a newborn means having this tiny, squishy, helpless little life that his wholly reliant upon you.

When I first had my son, I thought I was pretty prepared to care for him. But once we brought him home, I realized I wasn’t as prepared as I needed to be. There were things I didn’t even consider: What if he is gassy? What if he gets a fever? What if his nose is congested? What should I do about his razor sharp fingernails?

The list goes on.

So over the first month, we accumulated a few key medicine cabinet items for newborns.

Disclaimer: I am not advocating that you buy tons of medicine for your newborn, nor am I advocating giving your newborn anything without checking with your doctor, first. What I am suggesting, however, is that you have a few things on hand, in case of emergencies.

Medicine Cabinet Must Haves

  1. Infants’ Tylenol or Infants’ Motrin: Your pediatrician will give you guidance on how and when to use these infant pain/fever medicines. But trust me when I say, it is important to have these on hand.
  2. Gripe Water: I always had Gripe Water on hand for when Brooks was especially fussy. I am not sure whether or not these actually helped, but it can’t hurt to try.
  3. Mylicon Infant Anti-Gas Drops: Like Gripe Water, I don’t know if the gas drops ever really worked. But, there were times when I was desperate to help our little munchkin relieve his tummy aches, and this was always a go-to.
  4. Vitamin D Drops: These were recommended by our pediatrician, to help keep our little ones’s vitamin D levels up. I wasn’t great about giving them to him consistently, though.
  5. Diaper Rash Cream: My husband prefers A&D Cream for our little one’s bum, and I like Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. I actually recommend having both on hand, to see which works best for your baby.
  6. Nail Clippers: Baby fingernails are sharp. I really love these nail clippers (which we still use on our three year old, today). You have to be careful, but these clippers are so easy to handle!
  7. Temporal Thermometer: We use our temporal thermometer all the time. And by we I mean everyone in our house. Our three-year-old even knows how to use it. And, three years later, it is still going strong.
  8. Suction Bulb or NoseFrida Snotsucker: This is another one of those things that we still use, three years later. I haven’t tried the NoseFrida, but I think I want to get one for baby number 2!
  9. Saline Nasal Spray: This spray comes in handy when baby’s nose is stuffy. And our baby’s notes was stuffy…a lot! Keep this spray on hand because, for the first few years, cold-medicine is a no-go for baby!

What are some of your favorite things to keep on hand for your newborn? Share your thoughts below!

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