19 Essentials for Your Baby’s First Aid Kit

Every mom needs a first-aid kit—several first-aid kits, actually. You’ll want to keep one at home, one in the car, and a small one in your diaper bag so it’s always with you. Don’t forget to revisit them a couple times a year to discard anything that’s expired and restock anything you’ve used! When putting your kit together, you can start with a premade kit and add more things, or just try to think of what mishaps might be most common.

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Don’t forget to arm yourself with information too! Make a card for your first-aid kit with emergency contact numbers like the poison control center, your child’s doctor, parents’ and grandparents’ phone numbers, and so on.

Cuts and scrapes
Start with adorable Band-Aids, but don’t forget some Neosporin and antiseptic spray too. Premade first aid kits like the me4kidz Medibag come with lots of different sized bandages and gauze pads for dressing cuts, but a regular pack of bandages might be enough.

Splinters
These tiny tweezers are meant for travel, but their size makes them great for a first-aid kit too. (While you’re packing tweezers, get a small pair of sharp scissors too, for cutting bandages or gauze.) Kids seem to find splinters everywhere, so keep a set of tweezers and a pain-relieving spray handy.

Fevers and teething pain
A thermometer is a must-have—this one even lets you silence the beep so you can take the baby’s temperature at night without waking her up. Some kids run a low fever when they’re teething. Infant Tylenol can ease the fever and the discomfort so everyone can get some sleep. Some moms swear by Orajel rubbed on sore gums, while others find the baby’s drool just washes the topical pain gel away.

Stuffy and runny noses
When your baby’s nose won’t stop running, Boogie Wipes will keep it clean without drying it out like tissues can. For really stuffed-up noses, the NoseFrida nasal aspirator lets you suck mucous right out, since babies can’t blow their noses—it works better than bulb-shaped aspirators, and the filters keep everything sanitary on your end. Oogiebear is especially designed to remove wet and dry boogers from your baby’s nose too.

Tummy problems
If burping the baby isn’t enough to keep gas pain away, try some gas relief drops. Babies who suffer from colic might find a little relief from some gripe water too.

Bug bites and rashes
Desitin
is perfect for diaper rash of course, but the soothing cream makes any rash feel better. Children’s Cortizone 10 is also handy for itchy bug bites, and keep some Children’s Benadryl in case of an allergic reaction to a bite or sting.

Bumps and bruises
This gel bead compress can work as an ice pack to keep swelling down—just keep it in the freezer. Alternatively, you can warm it in the microwave if you need a hot pack, but the ice pack will probably come in handy more often.

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