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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!