As a new mumma, it’s no surprise that I was filled with worry when my 3-month-old baby came down with his first cold. With the ever-looming presence of the global pandemic, I was even more anxious about the health of my son. 🤧
But what I learned quickly was that having a newborn first aid kit was essential for my peace of mind. Sure, having a store-bought first aid kit is great, but having one specifically tailored to a newborn is even better. 🤱 With the right items on hand and in the right amounts, you can ensure that you and your baby are prepared for any minor medical emergency that may arise.
In this blog post, I’m sharing with you my top picks for items that I like to keep in my newborn first aid kit. From snotty noses and nappy rashes to teething pain, I have all the essentials you need to make sure that your little one is taken care of. So let’s get started! 🤩
Here are my go-to items for a newborn first aid kit:
- Saline Nasal Spray: This is a must-have for a congested baby. It’s a gentle way to clear their nose of any excess mucus. I found the drops vs the spray to be easier to get into TJ but I do have both as the spray seems to get things clearer easier. Please do read the instructions though… I didn’t!
- A Vaporiser: I love this vaporiser, when TJ got his first cold I ran out to the shops first thing the next morning to buy this and slept so much better the next night even though he was still sick. Don’t forget to also grab the liquid to go in it and the cleaning tablets to descale it.
- The Tummy Kit: You never know when the tummy issues will arise, a kit with colic drops, grip water, and pro/pre biotics might just save you from the awful screams that happen when your little one can’t get their gas out.
- Infant Thermometer: It’s important to be able to take your baby’s temperature quickly and accurately in case they have a fever.
- Nappy Rash Cream: This is essential for sore, irritated skin. Also I didn’t know but there are barrier creams to prevent a rash occuring and soothing creams to help sooth little bums.
- Teething: As baby’s first teeth start to come in, they can be quite sore. A teething gel can provide relief. Before purchasing your teething I do recommend speaking with your doctor or pharmacist as there are some ingredients that might be of concern. Other things that can help are teething rings or clothes that can be given cooled to sooth the inflammation and my favourite was a teething mit.
- Baby Nail Clippers: Trimming your little one’s nails can be a tricky task. Baby nail clippers are designed to make the job easier and safer. I did try the electric nail file and actually found this hard to use than just waiting for TJ to be sleeping and cutting his nails then.
- Antiseptic Wipes / Cream: These are great for cleaning up any cuts or scrapes your baby may get.
- Baby Pain Management: In case your baby is in pain or has a fever, Nurofen Panadol, Advil, can help. Just make sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving your baby any over-the-counter medications and ask what is the right medication for for each symptom.
- Disposable Gloves: If you need to administer first aid, it’s important to keep your hands clean to avoid the spread of germs.
- Eye Wipes: Babies eyes get gunky sometimes and if you are a breastfeeding mumma I know some will use their milk to clean eyes! But if you don’t have milk on tap then some eye wipes are a life saver to clean out their eyes.
Having a newborn first aid kit on hand is essential for any new parent. With the right items, you can ensure that you and your little one are prepared for any minor medical emergency that may arise. And having peace of mind is priceless. 💆♀️