Baby First Aid Kits: What You Need In Yours
Between researching the best baby lotion, stocking up on baby wipes, learning how to pack your diaper bag, and so much more, there’s a lot that goes into preparing for a new baby. Creating a baby first aid kit is one of the most important things you need to do before the baby comes.
No matter how much you look out for your baby’s safety and health, for one reason or another, eventually you’ll need a baby first aid kit. When that moment comes, you’ll want to have a well-equipped kit on hand and ready to go.
What Is A Baby First Aid Kit?
A baby first aid kit is just what it sounds like — what you’ll need in order to provide immediate care if your baby has a fever, gets a splinter, or needs to take some medicine.
But don’t jump to the worst-case scenario just yet. You don’t have to be in an emergency situation to put a baby first aid kit to good use. It is also full of things that you might use on a more regular basis, like baby nail clippers or a baby brush.
Where To Buy A Baby First Aid Kit
So how can you get your own baby first aid kit and check it off your to-do list? If you want to buy a ready-made kit, there are several options on the market that include must-haves like bandages, gauze, and tape.
However, it’s likely that a ready-made kit won’t quite have everything you need to feel totally prepared (such as Mustela’s Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream), so you may want to buy a kit and then add your own personal touches.
You can also create your own personalized baby first aid kit from the beginning. Don’t be overwhelmed! It’s not hard to gather what you need, and we’ve got a complete list of things to include.
Whichever option you choose, check your kit every few months to make sure you’re stocked up on the essentials and that nothing has expired.
Where To Keep Your Baby First Aid Kit
Keep your baby first aid kit accessible so that it’s easy to find for you as well as other caretakers, like grandparents or the babysitter. You may also want to create more than one kit. That way, you can keep one at home and leave one in the car or in the diaper bag.
The actual container is another important aspect to consider when creating your kit. Make sure it’s a baby-proof bag or box so that your little one can’t get into it. Some contents of the kit (like medicines, tweezers, and rubbing alcohol) can be dangerous to your baby.
What You Need In Your Baby First Aid Kit
Whether you’re putting together your own first aid kit or simply making sure the one you bought has everything you’ll need, here’s a list of 17 things to include. Adapt this list according to your and your little one’s particular needs as well as any recommendations from your pediatrician.
1) Emergency Contact Card
Leaving baby with people you trust is a big concern for any parent. But it’s equally important that those trusted adults have the info they need in the case of an emergency.
Write down emergency contact information, such as your phone number, the doctor’s contact information, the phone number for emergency services, and contact information for another trusted friend. Include this card in the first aid kit so it’s easy to find when needed.
2) Infant Toothbrush
As we said, you might use some of the items in your baby first aid kit more than you think. Keep an infant (or toddler) toothbrush in your kit for when you need it in a pinch.
3) Baby Nail Clippers Or Emery Board
Some people clip baby’s nails and other parents choose to only file the nails down, while some choose a combination of the two. Whatever you decide, include the clippers or emery board in your first aid kit so your baby is never caught with rough, scratchy nails that can irritate their skin.
4) Baby Brush
Not all babies are the same and that goes for their hair as well. Include in your kit whatever works best for your baby’s hair — whether that’s a baby comb or a brush. If your baby has cradle cap, you may also want to include other cradle cap products, such as a cradle cap brush, in the baby first aid kit.
5) Child Thermometer
You will need to take your child’s temperature if you think they may be sick or if the doctor asks for their temperature before bringing them to the clinic.
There are several different ways to take your baby’s temperature and various types of thermometers on the market: rectal, oral, armpit, forehead, and ear canal thermometers. Keep in mind your child’s age to choose the best thermometer for your kit.
6) Rubbing Alcohol Swabs
Keep alcohol swabs in your kit to clean thermometers, tweezers, scissors, and other tools before and after use.
7) Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly is a versatile must-have for your first aid kit. It is beneficial for treating baby boy’s circumcision area, among other things. Plus, if you have a rectal thermometer, you can use petroleum jelly to lubricate the thermometer before taking your baby’s temperature.
It’s a good idea to stock your little one’s first aid kit with medicine, like baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen and baby gas drops. Talk to your pediatrician about what other medications you should have on hand and how to safely give them to your baby.
9) Oral Syringe
Speaking of medicine, some liquid baby medications are given using an oral syringe. Keep one in your kit so that you can easily give your little one their medicine no matter where you are.
10) Topical Ointments
Two common ointments to keep in a baby first aid kit are hydrocortisone cream and antibiotic ointment.
However, if you’re interested in a more natural option, look into products like Mustela’s Stelatopia Line and stock your kit with that instead. You can also try Mustela’s Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream as a natural alternative to antibiotic creams for superficial cuts and scrapes.
Thanks to its versatility, the Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream is a must-have in your baby first aid kit. It can be used on everything from scrapes and scratches to traces of chicken pox or redness in the diaper area. This fragrance-free ointment repairs, soothes, and protects your baby’s delicate skin from birth on.
When irritants get inside your baby’s little eyes, baby eyewash is just what you’ll need to rinse them out. Make sure you know how to correctly use the eyewash you purchase.
12) Baby Nose Drops
Apply saline nose drops if your baby has a cold or stuffy nose. The drops can loosen mucus and help clear up congestion.
13) Nasal Aspirator Bulb
Speaking of congestion, since your baby can’t blow their own nose, they will often need a little help from you. The nasal aspirator tool lets you suck mucus out of your baby’s nose so they can breathe easy.
Baby nasal tweezers can come in handy to get stubborn boogies out of your little one’s nose. You can also keep a pair of regular tweezers in your baby first aid kit in case you need to remove a splinter or tick.
Even babies can get scrapes and cuts. Keep bandaids, gauze, and adhesive tape in your kit for when the unexpected strikes. Make sure you purchase bandaids that are the correct size for the age of your baby. You can also use the gauze for circumcision care.
16) Sharp Scissors
If you’ve got gauze and adhesive tape in your baby first aid kit, keep sharp scissors on hand as well. You’ll need them to cut bandages down to an appropriate size.
17) Cotton Balls And Swabs
Depending on the size of the area, you can use cotton balls or cotton swabs to apply cream or ointment or wash small cuts. And while you shouldn’t use a cotton swab inside baby’s ears or nose, you can use them to carefully clean the outsides of these areas.
With the above items in your own baby first aid kit, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be fully prepared for whatever comes your way with your precious new little one.