Build a baby safety kit
There is much to think about when you introduce a newborn into your family. Click here for some useful tips for items that you should keep in an emergency kit at home. Items to keep on hand include:
- Nasal syringe: This small rubber bulb may be provided by your hospital after baby’s birth. Keep this handy to help clear your little one’s nose and help him or her breathe easier.
- Humidifier: Keep the air in the nursery moist and comfortable with a cool mist humidifier. Especially important during the winter months, a humidifier can offer soothing relief from dry air. Always remember to empty and clean your humidifier regularly to ensure you’re not introducing anything harmful into baby’s room.
- Thermometer: A fever has the potential to be dangerous for newborns and infants. Make sure your little one’s temperature is in the normal range by keeping a thermometer at the ready. There are plenty of types available these days, ranging from rectal varieties to those meant for ears and foreheads.
- Pain medication: Tylenol may save the day when your baby begins teething. Check with your pediatrician to ensure proper dosage and always make sure you have the green light from the doctor before you administer meds to your newborn.
- Zinc oxide cream: Don’t underestimate the power of a diaper rash to ruin a good night’s sleep. Save your little one’s bottom by always keeping a zinc oxide diaper cream on hand. We’re partial to Burt’s Bees, but any brand will do. Apply a thin layer to your baby’s diaper area at the first sign of rash or redness.
Having a small kit of emergency essentials will help you and your little one through some otherwise uncomfortable situations.