The following is for educational purposes only and should not be taken for medical advice. Be sure to consult a doctor for your family’s health needs.
Why have a baby first aid kit assembled before baby even arrives, when you can just order stuff or run out to the drugstore for supplies?
Well, as you may have already learned during pregnancy, babies like to be unpredictable—and inevitably, in the middle of the night, when your baby starts sniffling and coughing, you’ll be grateful for a bit of advance preparation. And the good news? This infant first aid kit won’t just be for babies, but for children and adults as well, so the whole family will be prepared.
Here are some essentials you’ll want to stock in a baby first aid kit.
General First Aid Kit Items to Have on Hand
First things first, for general cuts + scrapes and ouchies, start with these basics for your baby’s first aid kit. These are basics you’ll need in any type of first aid kit, so they’ll come in handy for the whole family too.
The Best Gauze
The Best Antiseptic Wound Wash
The Best Touchless Thermometer
Basic Pair of Tweezers: Guru Tweezers
Best for Burns
Best Hand Sanitizer
Best for General Cuts + Scrapes
Baby First Aid Kit Essentials
Here are the items specific to babies that you’ll want to have on hand for your little one’s arrival prepared for your baby first aid kit:
Best for Stuffy Noses
For Clearing Stuffy Noses
Diaper Rash Cream
Baby Nail Clippers
For Gassy Babies
Best Medicine Dispenser
Best Toddler Medicine
Baby Healthcare + Safety Tips
Along with stocking your house with some basic baby first aid supplies and a newborn kit, it can be helpful to brush up on some general health and safety tips when you have an infant around:
Get CPR certified
Before baby arrives, consider taking an infant first aid and CPR course, or at least review the basics via video and books so that you feel confident in these areas. It’s also a good idea to ensure that anyone who will be spending time alone with your baby—like grandparents or caregivers—get certified too.
Babyproof the basics
Although your baby won’t be mobile for at least a few months, it is never a bad idea to start thinking about household hazards and some basic babyproofing.
Go through supplies regularly. Keep an eye on things like medications that have an expiration date and check through them every so often to make sure you don’t have a bunch of expired first aid items in your kit.
Don’t forget your furry friends
If you have pets, it can be a possible safety issue once baby comes home in terms of having them around your little one. Read up on techniques about getting your pet used to your baby and safety tips about animals and babies living together.
Practice safe sleep
Make sure that your baby has a safe place to sleep before they come home and you follow all recommended safe sleep practices including: a separate, flat sleeping area with no loose blankets, stuffed animals, or anything additional near the baby.
Check your car seat
Learn how to properly install your baby’s car seat and make sure you understand how the car seat works for maximum safety. Some stores offer free car seat consultations to help you figure out how best to use yours.
Replace detector batteries
If your baby’s nursery has a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, check to see that it is in working order.
And last but not least, it’s also a great idea to do a health and safety check-in with anyone who will be caring for your baby to ensure they are also following all the precautions that are important to you, including any health measures such as masking if necessary, vaccines, and sanitizing.
Your baby is everything, so don’t be afraid to have conversations about staying safe and healthy together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it cheaper to buy or build a baby first aid kit?
It’s typically less expensive to assemble your own kit, but it can’t hurt to do a little comparative research. There are some pre-made kits that have virtually everything you might need, and you can also add additional items you need.
How do you perform CPR on an infant?
It’s best if you can take an official infant CPR class from the Red Cross. They offer online certification and resources like this instructional video.
Where should you keep a baby first aid kit?
Somewhere handy and obvious for adults to access, but also a place that young children will not be able to easily get into it. Be sure to follow all recommended babyproofing steps to keep it locked up and out of sight.
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