One of my most popular posts, both here and on Pinterest, is the baby tackle box. Who knew that my desperate attempt to organize the sick child midnight madness would turn into such a hit!
I was sad to see that pretty much everything we had left over from C was expired, but then I realized it *had* been at least 18 months since we'd used any of it. The tackle box had transitioned from gripe water and teething gel to Boogie Wipes and band aids. Oh, how he's growing up! Now with #2 on the way, its time for a bit of reorganizing and restocking.
Here is my list of must have's for your 0-12 month tackle box...
- Infant acetaminophen/Tylenol
- Infant ibuprofen/Advil (for 6 months and up)
- Rectal thermometer and probe covers
- Gentle Naturals Teething Drops
As for the thermometer, there are lots and lots of fancy no touch thermometers out there, but we rely on a good ol' fashioned rectal therm for the most accurate reading. Especially with tiny ones, a few tenths of a degree can be the difference between Tylenol and the ER, so why not use the most accurate way you can? Scared of hurting baby? There are lots of safety rectal therms on the market that prevent inserting too far.
Nosefrida snot sucker. Look it up, but don't judge us until you try it. Boogie Wipes are also one of our favorite products. These super soft, saline infused wipes clean up the crustiest, sore noses in one quick swipe with far fewer tears.
- Gas drops
- Gripe water
- Triple Paste
Now, bear with me - Triple Paste is crazy expensive for something that goes on your butt, but it is literally magic. The absolute worst diaper rash can be cleared up over night with a quick slathering. Just buy yourself a tub when your kid is born and it'll last until potty training.
Environmental Working Group puts out a report called "Skin Deep" that ranks that year's sun products for hazardous chemicals. You will be shocked at how hazardous some "baby" sun products are. Shocked.
Much of what is in the 0-12 months tackle box is also in our toddler tackle box with a few additions...
- Floristor Probiotics (to avoid antibiotic induced diarrhea)
- Children's ibuprophen/Advil
- Children's acetaminophen/Tylenol
- Droppers and spoons (who knows what he'll accept that day)
- Little Remedies Honey Elixir cough syrup
- Sore throat pops
- Neosporin and character band-aids
- Tweezers (for splinters and what not)
- Red wash cloths
Some general tips...
- There is NO cough/cold medication out there safe for infants and young children. Basically, all you can do is suck the snot, turn up the humidifier, and keep them comfortable.
- Honey is a great cough soother, but only for kids over 12 months of age.
- The concentration of medication can be different depending on the brand (i.e. Triaminic vs. Tylenol vs. store brand). Each comes with its own dropper; use it.
- Baby Vicks/chest rub is very different than regular Vicks and yes it does matter.
- Put one parent in charge of medicating and write down dosing times to avoid over dosing and confusion.