As you bring your first baby into the world, you realize a NUMBER OF THINGS. One of which is that you wish you’d had that *thing* (whatever it is) at home already instead of having to go and buy it in the middle of a heated situation (moms of teething babies be like mmhmm, mmhmm). Now I don’t like to buy things that aren’t really necessary in case I don’t use them but it’s definitely worth it to stock your first aid kit with a few must-have items. I’ve listed them below. Now while Harrison isn’t quite a toddler just yet, I’ve also included some items I’m aobut to add to our first aid kit to last us the toddler and child years. Cringe.
Baby First Aid Kit Checklist
- Gripe Water – also helpful: liquid baby Probiotic for infant gas. This is the one we use.
- Thermometer – imagine wondering and wondering and wondering if they’re sick because they feel warm etc. Just get a thermometer and you’ll know in less than a minute.
- Nasal aspirator – you don’t want to be messing around if your baby’s sinuses are clogged. Make sure you have one of these on hand. I recommend the Nosefrida.
- Infant Tylenol – teething pain seems to be more aggravated at night, which is the last time you want to be out buying infant Tylenol.
Once they start crawling, pulling up, standing, walking and FALLING, you’ll want some heavier duty stuff on hand.
Toddler First Aid Kit Checklist
- Bandaids – bonus points for any character or theme they like, although I’ll just go with the neon coloured ones. Get a bunch of sizes.
- Butterfly bandaids – for those terrible splits – and keeping them together especially if you have to go to the hospital, double cringe.
- A couple lollipops or other long lasting treat – nothing worse than trying to do something totally unpleasant with a worked up child. Seriously.
- Antiseptic – for cleaning the gravel out of the wound.
- Benadryl or other suitable antihistamine. For when you find out your child is allergic to whatever just stung them.
- Gauze and a tensor bandage – I’ve never used them but the kit has always had them and I’m afraid to be without it!
And of course any other items you seem suitable depending on the situation, your lifestyle, where you live etc – i.e. a camping first aid kit is MUCH more robust!
What would you add?