Creating a baby medicine starter kit can be confusing! Often times as parents we struggle to know medications are safe for your newborn. This baby medicine starter kit has all the essentials to keep your newborn healthy and happy to save you from running to the pharmacy at 2 am!
Baby Medicine Starter Kit
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Which Medicines are Safe for Baby?
When I first had a baby, I was constantly wondering what medications were safe, and which ones to avoid. Being a first-time mom is challenging, so anything that can make that transition a bit easier makes a huge difference. Between breastfeeding and diaper changes, there is only so much time to get sleep and be able to think clearly!
Having a baby medicine starter kit will help you survive those first few years of motherhood and stay sane! These medications and essentials are perfectly safe for both mom and baby.
*Please note: I am not a medical professional. If you aren’t sure if a certain medication is safe for you or your newborn, it is best to consult with your pediatrician. And always consult your medical provider for dosages as well!
Essentials for Your Baby Medicine Starter Kit
When creating your baby medicine starter kit it is best to have a variety of different products on hand. You never know when you might need it in the middle of the night.
Be sure you are constantly checking the expiration dates to make sure it is not expired.
Newborn Medications After Birth
There are so many different options when it comes to figuring out what types of medicine to give your baby and which ones to stay away from. My pediatrician was wonderful and gave me a chart so I knew the dosage I could give my baby of different medications. Don’t be afraid to ask for a chart like this! It was seriously a lifesaver and helped ease my mind.
These are also great medications to keep together in a baby medicine started kit because nobody wants to be running to the store at 3 a.m. I can tell you from experience that it is not fun to have to do this!
When a baby gets a fever, is teething, or otherwise, in pain, this Tylenol will save the day. Make sure to give your baby the correct dosage and to only give it every few hours as directed. This is a must-have in your baby medicine starter kit!
If your baby is colicky or seems to have an upset stomach, these gas relief drops will help your baby immensely! They are perfectly safe for newborns and will have you and your baby feeling much better. A happy baby makes for a happy momma!
This herbal supplement is safe for babies and works well to relieve constipation in a baby. It has a gentle formula that will gently work on the baby’s tummy until they are finally able to go potty.
Gripe water is a saving grace! Sometimes you just don’t know what exactly is wrong. Gripe water can help with that situation and help mom and dad gain control of the crying situation in no time.
Oh goodness! Let me tell you. Teething comes on so suddenly, so being prepared for it is a must! This is my favorite teething gel because it cools the gums down and gives such a comforting sensation to your baby.
I like to keep all my medicines in a clear waterproof bag so that I can grab them and put them in my diaper bag as I’m leaving the house. You just never know when you will need medication.
Newborn Essentials for Your Baby Medicine Starter Kit
There are a lot of things that are made especially for your baby that most people don’t have on hand unless they have a little person in their home. All of these items are essentials that I have used with all of my babies. Take it from a mom of 5! I wouldn’t recommend anything that wasn’t useful.
This ear digital thermometer is my favorite because it keeps track of my baby’s temperature through an application on my phone. So if I end up having to take my baby to the doctor I can simply pull my phone up and show or tell the doctor exact records instead of trying to guess or remember.
Babies are notorious for getting lots of stuffy or runny noses. This nasal aspirator will help you “suck out” your baby’s nose in a way that is painless for them, and you. This was used every single day in my house just after my baby was born. It helps baby sleep so much better and alleviates some of their congestion.
This stuff was a lifesaver for me when my babies were little. Their little noses get so easily congested and this really helps loosen everything up. Always use this before you do the Nose Frida! It makes a big difference!
These washcloths are incredibly soft, making them perfect for gently scrubbing goop out of baby’s eyes and cleaning them in the bath. Make sure to clean the baby’s face first, then use the washcloth to clean the genitals and wash it straight away!
It seems like I was constantly covered in boogers after my baby was born! These boogie wipes have a natural saline solution that helps to break down boogers and easily clean them up. Definitely a must!
When baby gets a rash, you are going to want to have plenty of butt paste! This butt paste is a favorite at our house. It smells so good, and it helps eliminate rashes almost as soon as they come. Note- if you notice your baby is breaking out due to this butt paste, try a different brand.
If you don’t want your baby to scratch your face and theirs, then buy baby nail clippers! I swear that babies are born with claws and are out for blood! Ok, not really, But, they have such sharp fingernails that they are a danger to themselves and others.
If you’re like me and terrified of clipping your newborns’ nails, then filing them down is the way to go. I love these ones because I don’t have to try and balance my baby while holding their hand and a nail file. Being able to have it on my finger makes it super simple!
Choosing a good baby wash is so important! Babies have new, soft, sensitive skin. This is the best baby wash and shampoo and it works so well. Some babies enjoy being in the water, so I like to make sure I have this on hand for every bath.
Finding a quality moisturizing lotion for your baby can be daunting! This is the best lotion I have found that moisturizes and has clean ingredients.
All of my babies got major cradle cap and these little scrubbies (along with coconut oil) worked amazing. They are perfect gently getting any dead skin off.
Trust me when I tell you that you will need burp cloths! There is always something to wipe up with a baby around. These ones are soft, absorbent, large, and super easy to clean up in the wash.
Medicine for the Recovering Mom
Moms are important too! In fact, moms often put themselves on the backburner when your baby is born. So we need to make sure she is well taken care of!
Ibuprofen truly is the wonder drug! It helps with just about anything. If you have a fever, headache, body aches, or are otherwise hurting, this is a great way to relieve your pain. Ibuprofen is perfectly safe for breastfeeding moms.
I know firsthand just how awful those first few days after giving birth can be if you don’t have a stool softener. Colace is safe for nursing mothers and will help you get things moving in your bowels. You don’t have to give birth to two babies unless you are having twins!
This kit has been a lifesaver for cold and flu-like symptoms. If you are feeling congested, have a constantly stuffy or runny nose, or are otherwise in pain in your sinuses, please use a sinus rinse! It will change your life. I know it seems like an unpleasant thing to do, it brings immediate relief and doesn’t require taking any medications!
One final item to stock away in your medicine cabinet is nipple cream. Trust me, you are going to want some of this. If you have dry, cracked, or bleeding nipples, use a generous amount of this cream. Your boobs will thank you!
Find a cute little basket and place all these amazing things, new moms, in their baby medicine starter kit with a cute little card!
What would do you put in your baby medicine starter kit? Share in the comments!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!