Baby Medicine Kit: 17 Items for the First Year
Before she arrived and officially moved into our humble abode, I stocked a starter baby medicine kit for Scarlett with a few common items.
Because of this, I had almost everything I needed on-hand at the drop of a hat. That made my new-mom experience undoubtedly less stressful. I’d already done all the research ahead of time, so I knew I could trust the products in Scarlett’s baby medicine kit. Since I’m a big fan of homeopathic remedies (that work) when possible, I felt good about using many of the products I had on hand, too. Thanks to our partnership with a qualified pediatrician, we knew we were cleared to give these products to our baby, too.
Below is a list of 17 items I was so thankful to have on hand during that first year (and beyond!).
From helping baby survive teething to conquering baby’s first cold and other ailments, you’ll be happy a trip to the store isn’t needed to get your sweet angel back to sleep when the tears start at 3am.
Tears and fever? A pain-relieving fever-reducer just might do the trick. While not homeopathic, I trust this over-the-counter medicine to help Scarlett feel better, fast.
Store-brand versions of Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) work just as well and can save you around $5 per purchase, FYI…but, I get wanting name brand for your wee one at first.
My go-to for extreme teething episodes (and for night time, after dinner), this medicine knocks out pain and fever quickly and lasts longer than Infant Tylenol.
Same goes for Infant Motrin (ibuprofen) as above – store brands work great. But often, the price difference for buying off-brand ibuprofen isn’t nearly as satisfying as it is for acetaminophen.
Baby chest rub
Exactly how many times have I mentioned Maty’s All-Natural Baby Chest Rub on the blog? I’ve lost count. I’ll write about it 100 more times before I lose interest…because it’s that good, my friend. No joke. (Read more about it in my Product Review if you’re interested in learning more.)
All-natural cough remedy
I loved Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Cough Syrup + Mucus during the one time my little darling had a phlegmy cough. It helped her coughs be more productive at first, and then helped her stop coughing – without a bunch of chemicals. That definitely meant she slept better at night, too. Just wonderful.
Baby gas reliever
Some babies are just so…gassy. No ladylike way of putting it, I guess! And Mylicon Infant Drops absolutely do the trick, as I can vouch. I feel like I carried the Mylicon around almost as much as I carried my baby around at first while we were desperately trying to figure out a feeding solution for her. (Our pediatrician informed us that the medicine in Mylicon wasn’t bad for her to have – a big concern of mine – since it passes right through baby’s system.) Couple Mylicon with a few baby gas-relieving exercises, and you’re gold. Get rid of that gas fast!
For a homeopathic option, I used Hyland’s Baby Gas Drops with amazing results as well. For my baby, Mylicon simply seemed to work faster at eliminating the gas pains.
Bottle medicine dispenser, nail clippers, and other grooming necessities
You can opt for a Safety 1st Deluxe Healthcare and Grooming Kit like I was gifted and knock out a number of necessities that you’ll need in the first year, or you can simply purchase just what you think you’ll need separately.
Saline nose wipes
Avoid a chapped, raw nose on top of a runny, sneezy, itchy nose. Get Boogie Wipes! Drug-store brands work too, but I’m still partial to Boogie Wipes because my baby’s nose seems to fair better during a cold when I use the name brand. And that’s the whole point, right?
Great for (outside of the ear canal) hygiene uses, in general. Have Johnson’s Safety Swabs on hand for a variety of needs. One package should do, though – no need to stock up at first.
I love my Innovo Medical Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer, y’all. It works fast – without asking baby to take the thermometer into her mouth, armpit, or bottom.
But if your baby is wee-tiny, you may need the following to supplement and confirm temperatures for your pediatrician:
Standard thermometer, thermometer covers, and Vaseline (for rectal use to confirm temps when young)
It’s not glamorous, but a rectal thermometer reading is necessary sometimes. Better have this stuff handy in case you’re deciding between staying home, heading to the pediatrician, or breaking down the doors of the Emergency Room. We were only in this position once in the first year, but the rectal reading gave us some peace of mind that we were making the right call (at 2am in the morning, mind you).
A deluxe nasal aspirator
Another of my favorites during a baby cold…this little beastie called the Nosefrida Snotsucker is worth far more than its weight in gold. And, no, you don’t suck the snot into your mouth. Learn how it works in the product listing!
This product works a ton better for us than the standard aspirator the hospital gave us, which worked better than the flimsy aspirator that came in our baby grooming kit. So just another FYI!
Some medical professionals scoff and say that this homeopathic teething pain reliever is just a fad and simply doesn’t work. As far as I’m concerned, they can all just jump in the creek. Babies don’t know squat about “placebo effects” or other technical terms related to research. They simply react when something works. And, boy, does my daughter ever react to the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace! Within 20 minutes of putting it on her, she stops drooling like a mad woman and crying like a banshee. Sans any pain medicine. Coincidence? I think not. We’ve used this necklace almost continuously since Scarlett was six months old.
This necklace works by releasing all-natural benefits absorbed through the skin that help reduce inflammation and pain, especially associated with teething. It is not for the baby to chew on, although the name is a bit confusing. Be sure to use only as directed.
Premium diaper cream
Not all diaper creams are created equal. Our favorite diaper cream is Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream. Not only does it work great for gentle skin, but it also cleans up soooo easily. That’s a big deal when baby has a nasty rash and is too sore for you to scrub old cream off. Ya feel me?
And for those amazingly resistant but not yeast-based diaper rashes (contact your pediatrician for a diagnosis of persistent rashes), I bust out the big guns. Enter, Maximum-Strength Desitin. Medicinal smell? Yep. But does it work? Yep.
Diaper cream applicator
It sounds stupid – I know. We discovered the BabyBum Diaper Cream Brush when I was creating my Amazon Baby Registry. We definitely laughed about it at first, but we honestly use it almost every day. Keep your hands clean during multiple diaper-cream applications…use this brush. It applies the cream so thickly, smoothly, and gently, too!
You just never know when you’ll be out-and-about without a big ol’ sunhat to keep baby safe from the sun’s harmful rays. Be aware of the chemicals that pediatricians warn against in the first year, and get a baby-safe alternative to traditional sunscreen that’ll be healthy in every sense of the word for your most-prized possession. We’ve used Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50) all summer without even so much as a slight burn on Scarlett! As a momma who can get severe burns by taking a brief walk in the park, I can totally appreciate the value in that.
Powdered electrolyte drink
For when your pediatrician recommends it and around when baby is one year old, Pedialyte Electrolyte Powder is amazing to have on hand. It helps baby rehydrate after a nasty tummy bug (or a really hot day!). I’ve used it a few times for Scarlett during illnesses, and while she’s not a big fan of anything that’s not water or milk, it’s seemed to help her get her energy back. This stuff is great to make and freeze into baby popsicles during summer, too!
Especially if your baby is on a heavy-duty antibiotic, Culturelle Kids Packets Daily Probiotic Formula (also best around one year of age or older, or when your pediatrician advises) can help restore regularity and a healthy gut during and after antibiotic use. We used this for Scarlett during a stint with a heavy antibiotic for a UTI, and she stayed fairly regular throughout treatment because of it. Check with your pediatrician on whether or not it would be a good addition when baby’s sick!
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I believe that that’s all in my baby medicine kit list for the first year
Anything I’ve missed, I’ll definitely add here for your use. I really hope you’ll only need a few of the items above, if any. But, if you need them, at least you know they exist – and hopefully, you’ll have them on-hand when and if you do need them!
Take this list to the store or have it on-hand for your online baby registry!
I’ll email the PDF checklist right to you, along with a BONUS list you’ll just love.
Here’s hoping for good health for your family, Momma.
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