Baby’s Medicine Cabinet & Baby Care Supplies

Don’t get stuck running to the drug store at midnight when you think your baby has a fever!  Stocking your baby’s medicine cabinet and collecting baby care supplies is a good idea so you are prepared to help treat, comfort and groom your baby.  But most new parents aren’t exactly sure which items are needed.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Baby’s Medicine Cabinet

During pregnancy or shortly after your little one arrives, purchase these medical supplies to keep on hand.  Hopefully you will never need most of them, but better safe than sorry.

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  • Diaper rash cream:  There are tons on the market.  Finding the one that takes care of your baby’s bum best may be trial and error.  None-the-less, have at least one available from the get-go.
  • Children’s acetaminophen:  Ask your pediatrician before administering any drugs but generally babies between 2 and 6 months can take acetaminophen for mild fevers and pain relief.  Babies over 6 months can take ibuprofen.
  • Hydrocortisone cream:  This anti-inflammatory cream will help with rashes, dry skin, eczema and bug bites.
  • Antibacterial ointment:  Use this to clean out cuts and scrapes.
  • Petroleum jelly:  This lubricant will help take your baby’s temperature rectally and can be used for circumcisions or as a moisturizer as well.
  • Saline drops: Help keep your baby’s nose clean by decongesting with saline water.
  • Gripe water:  These are drops that may help relieve your baby’s gas.
  • Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide:  Keep all of your medical supplies clean with these agents.

Medical Supplies

  • Digital thermometer:  As unpleasant as they may be for everyone, rectal thermometers are most accurate for infants.
  • Nasal aspirator:  Have several of these on hand to clean out your baby’s nose and suction her mouth as necessary.  Babies often cough up mucus and collect excess saliva in their mouths that you can help them remove with this tool.
  • Medical syringe:  Your baby won’t know how to swallow medicine from a cup or spoon for awhile.  Use an oral syringe to let medicine gently trickle into her mouth.
  • Bandages: For life’s little boo-boos.
  • Gauze pads or roll:  Cover up larger cuts and scrapes with gauze.  You can also use these to cover circumcision wounds and wipe your baby’s gums after feedings.
  • Cotton balls: Apply lotions, creams and ointments using these soft and handy items.
  • Flashlight: Checking for problems in dark places will be easier with a flashlight.  You can also use it to see if any teeth are cutting through.
  • Fist aid manual:  When you’re not sure what to do about your baby’s ailment, check your manual.

Baby Care Supplies

Keeping your baby groomed and maintained requires a few items.  Often you can buy a kit that includes most of these supplies.  Make sure it has the following:

  • Baby nail clippers and a nail file: Clipping your baby’s nails is nerve-racking.  Make sure you have the proper small nail clippers.  For parents who are too afraid of cutting skin, use a file instead.
  • Soft hairbrush:  Just like your own hair, you’ll want your baby’s hair to be nicely brushed.  Make sure it has soft bristles that won’t hurt her head.  Brushes can also help remove dry skin on the scalp known as cradle cap.
  • Baby shampoo and body wash:  Usually this is a 2-in-1 product that is a no-tear formula.
  • Baby lotion:  There are many brands on the market that use various baby-friendly ingredients.
  • Sunscreen:  Baby-safe sunscreen is the best way to go.  Usually these are tear-free formulas that are gentle for a baby’s skin.
  • Insect Repellant:  Again, baby-safe is a must to avoid toxic ingredients that your baby may ingest or inhale.
  • Teething toys:  Teeth may show up before you know it so be prepared with teething toys.
  • Distraction toys:  When administering medicine, bandaging your baby or grooming her, you’ll want a distraction toy to occupy your baby so you can get the job done quickly.