Baby care kit & medical supplies? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 12 Old 03-08-2011, 06:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
Blanca78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The eastern edge of the Middle West
Posts: 2,079
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My friend told me this is a good thing to register for, but there are so many options my head is spinning. Did anyone have one that they particularly liked? What baby care first aid/hygeine items did you find most essential? (Nail clippers, aspirator, etc.)

 

Thanks! Also, while we're on this, what, in your mind, are the medical essentials to have on hand?


Fiction writer by training, writer/editor of anything anyone will hire me for by trade. Me + D=my girls E (4/2011) and little N, 1/2014.

Blanca78 is offline  
#2 of 12 Old 03-08-2011, 07:45 PM
 
bleumoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: central Ohio
Posts: 824
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Nail clippers are good, but after awhile I found it was easier to just tear the baby nails off (they're super thin for awhile). Having a pair with a safety feature so you don't cut the baby's finger is good.... nothing worse than cutting your babe's finger :P

 

I love having an aspirator where the bit that goes into the nostril isn't straight all the way up, but has a bit that bumps out so you don't poke all the way into the poor thing's sinus by accident. Something like this one

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3721547&CAWELAID=403515237

 

We bought a humidifier (is that the right term? It's sounding wrong) when our first was born, but have only used it once. It's a good thing to have though, just in case.

 

There's not a whole lot that we've used for our babies... shampoo, soap, unscented lotion, olive oil for cradle cap, occasionally diaper creme.

 

Medical supplies... hmm. It might not hurt to have some gas drops or gripe water on hand. Some infant tylenol maybe. Cord care stuff (I forget what they recommend..).


Allison.... mom of DS1 (7) and DS2 (4) and awaiting #3 near the end of April 2011
bleumoose is offline  
#3 of 12 Old 03-08-2011, 08:06 PM
 
IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 10,747
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 108 Post(s)

I don't think i would register for one of those kits.  I'd do a snot sucker like the Nosefrida (I've never used one but hear they are all the rage) and a good thermometer.  I don't think I used the baby nail clippers but those little anti-scratch mittens are good to have a pair of.   Maybe a little medicine kit that you design yourself with things you think you may use.  Advice I got a long time ago was that if you are going to medicate get the individual medicines rather than the "cold remedy" type mixes.  We do have a humidifier and I would consider that pretty essential where you have central heating...though for our DDC that's not something you'll need until next winter.  


Mama to DD September 2001 and DD April 2011 *Winner for most typos* eat.gif
IdentityCrisisMama is offline  
#4 of 12 Old 03-09-2011, 05:57 AM
 
mrsberman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New England
Posts: 269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We ended up with 2 for DD and I hated everything in them. The nasal aspirators sucked (or didnt') and the best one came from the hospital. Someone gave us Safetyfirst baby nail clippers  with a light and those were the best for us. All the other stuff in the kits (medicine droppers, thermometer, etc) are pointless to have. The kit we have had an oral thermometer and if DD ever has medicine we use the syringe that comes with it (more accurate). It's all about what works best for you though.


married 11/06, DD May 2009, DS  April 2011successful, natural 9lbs 6ozvbac.gif

mrsberman is offline  
#5 of 12 Old 03-09-2011, 07:00 AM
 
StarCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,441
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

most pediatricians will tell you not to cut an infants nails.  always file (or tear) the nails are too thin and the chance of cutting so high.  Most nasal aspirators you can buy are pretty crappy (the hospital ones aren't sold in stores) but I have also heard great  things about the nosefrida. 

 

other than that my essentials for newborn baby care would be: themometer,  alcohol wipes for cord (although I know you don't have to do alcohol and usually I do not but I remember using them toward the end when it was drying out anyway) and this comes in after a few weeks but for meds: we used hylands colic tabs but I've heard good things about gripe water, too.  I like to keep some mylicon (simethicone) on hand just in case and the same with infant tylenol although I know its not recommended to give a newborn anything like that.  But eventually you might need it.

 

 


Beccalove.gif mama to 2 girls and  IT'S A BOY!! 3/31/11 babyboy.gif
StarCat is offline  
#6 of 12 Old 03-09-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Lauren82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: TN
Posts: 1,452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The Nosefrida is awesome. I like it a lot better than the bulb suction. I always have used nail clippers, just very carefully and sparingly. A little soft hair brush is nice to have, especially to help loosen any cradle cap scales if your baby has it. I don't really bother with medicine droppers because a newborn is usually too young to require medicine. Most pharmacies will give you a syringe to dispense medicine if you ever need it.

As for a thermometer, for a tiny baby you'll need one that can be used rectally. blush.gif

 

Here's what I have stocked:

 

Tiny baby nail clippers

Nosefrida

Hair brush

Burt's Bees diaper rash cream

lotion

thermometer

alcohol swabs (if the cord stump gets stinky, I've only had to use it with one of my kids)

cotton balls

Gripe Water

Boiron homeopathic colic remedy

 

Need to eventually buy:

Teething tablets


heartbeat.gif Mama to 5 busy bees (12, 9, 6, 3, 2) & 3 angel1.gif
Lauren82 is offline  
#7 of 12 Old 03-09-2011, 07:09 PM
 
crazyms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Way down south
Posts: 1,163
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)

Nasal aspirator (I like the hosp one)

Baby brush (I get full hair headed babes and like the hosp one as well)

Nail clippers and baby file

Cord care - alcohol and qtips

Diaper cream - I use A&D ointment. Only thing that works on my sensitive babies

Thermometer (We have this but I do like tip covers with a baby)

Meds - saline drops (Not nose spray! plain saline drops for baby); tylenol and gripe water; motrin and teething tablets later

Medicine dropper (for gripe water others we use the included one)

 

Also if you circ (although I know a lot of moms here don't) then petroleum jelly for care.

 

For bath/hygiene - baby wash, baby lotion, baby oil for cradle cap.

 

I actually pick up most of the little baby care things at the dollar store because it's so much cheaper than other stores and I don't use the full kits anyways.


Michelle mom to DD , DS , & lil DD plus and spending my days
crazyms is offline  
#8 of 12 Old 03-10-2011, 06:36 AM
 
Neuromancer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 1,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I didn't get a kit.  I got everything separate, based on Amazon (and other site) reviews.  I bought:

 

  • a comb and brush (because I was a hairy baby, though I know I may not have one)
  • baby nail scissors (reviews said they were easier to use than clippers -- though, MrsBerman, someone gave us clippers with a light, too!)
  • a temporal forehead thermometer
  • a tiny "medicator" bottle with a nipple
  • a family first aid kit from The Red Cross
  • gripe water
  • nosefrida and filters
  • calendula cream
  • California baby soap/shampoo

 

I already have alcohol, witch hazel, cotton (swabs and rounds), hydrogen peroxide, etc.

I was given some baby massage oil and baby emery boards.

I'm not planning on buying anything (i.e. baby tylenol) for baby fever until I need it.  My pediatrician thinks that it's better not to mask the symptoms in most cases and that it's good if dealing with the fever slows a kid down and makes him/her sleep more.  ;)


First child born March 2011.  Constantly in awe!
Neuromancer is offline  
#9 of 12 Old 03-10-2011, 07:02 AM
 
LaurenAnanas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Someone gave us a baby care kit with our first babe and we tried using the bulb syringe (useless) and the nail clippers (bloody awful- bite or file baby nails!) once each. We didn't ever use anything else that came in the kit because we didn't need them.

 

We did end up buying and using:

  • Nosefrida
  • rectal thermometer (one of the quick read ones)
  • unpetroleum jelly
  • emery boards
  • soft bristle brush and comb
  • Cali. Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo/Soap
  • Cali. Baby Diaper Cream
  • Northern Essesnce butt balm (don't remember the exact product name, but it's like a giant chapstick and smells like lemons)

 

The midwives gave us alcohol pads for the cord stump. We dribbled breast milk in baby girl's nose instead of saline drops. Never needed gripe water, but did end up getting teething tablets later on. All infant meds come with a syringe so we never needed to buy one.


Mom to energy.gif(11/08) and  babyboy.gif  (4/11)

LaurenAnanas is offline  
#10 of 12 Old 03-10-2011, 01:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
Blanca78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The eastern edge of the Middle West
Posts: 2,079
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thanks, all! It sounds like the kit is kind of a waste. I only asked because my friend insisted I should register for one, but I will definitely just get some basic supplies separately.

 

And what, pray tell, is gripe water????


Fiction writer by training, writer/editor of anything anyone will hire me for by trade. Me + D=my girls E (4/2011) and little N, 1/2014.

Blanca78 is offline  
#11 of 12 Old 03-11-2011, 05:15 AM
 
ILoveMyBabyBird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

things like combs and nail clippers it is good to have 2 sets imo.

 

Here is what i have so far:

 

a small grooming set, cost 5$$, with hair brush, nail clippers, nail files, nail scissors, a toothbrush (won't be used at first) I prefer to use washclothes with a newborn..An extra pair of nail clippers and brush and comb. I have some earth's best diaper cream, aveeno fragrance lotion, also baby bath and shampoo..I got a medicine dropper and aspirator at the shower, but as pp mentioned, the one from the hospital is the best. i also picked up some Pedicare infant fever reducer, mainly because it was on sale at WAG's for 1.29 a bottle, just to have on hand. Cotton safety swabs, cotton balls, I still need to get a thermometer and some alcohol, but from what i remember they don't want you to wipe the cord with it a lot, i think i wiped ds's a once every few days. It makes the healing time slower.

 

 

Baby oil and Powder imo are a waste, I maybe used powder on ds 3 times, so if you want some just get a travel size bottle..


supermod.gif semi crunchy single student super mama to DS 7wave.gif and DD 3shy.gif. Falling in stillheart.gif with single super dad superhero.gif to DD5kissy.gif and DD2energy.gif 
ILoveMyBabyBird is offline  
#12 of 12 Old 03-11-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Mamato3wild ponnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: hopefully close to bliss
Posts: 2,093
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I dont recommend those baby mittens.....baby's talk to us via there hands and we can totally miss feeding cues when those mittens are on baby's hands.

I always bit nails off if needed.

this baby #5....so i dont feel like i need to much.

but if i needed to make a list for someone:

BABY:

nail clippers

baby brush

lots of baby wash cloths

California Baby body wash/lotion...my last little one was very allergic to ALL Burts Bee's...it was a bad reaction.

olive oil for craddle cap

thermometer

nasal bulb...midwife normally has one or it comes in birth kit

 

MOMMA:

herbal bath for once at home

cloth mama pads

lavender EO

a medical glove half filled with alcohol/water and put in freezer

to sit on for relief

peri bottle

comfrey herbals to put into peri bottle

honey for any tears

 

 

 

 

 


Mami to fly-by-nursing2.gifds 4 wks, ds 2yo, ds 6yo, dd 11yo, ds 17 yo. novaxnoIRC.gifwaterbirth.jpg
Mamato3wild ponnie is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off