I have two young boys and have learned that there are certain things that every parent needs to have in their home throughout the first year of their baby’s life.
Here is my list of must haves (Links for these items will be at the bottom)
- Gripe Water – This is supposed to help with minor gas issues with babies. This one did not work for me but did wonders for my friends son.
- Gas Drops – This one worked great for my first son. We gave it to him on and off in his early months to help relieve his gas.
- Baby Mylicon – Neither the Gripe Water or the Gas Drops worked for my second son. Mylicon however, worked wonders! I wish we would have known about this sooner!
- Saline Drops – Every baby will need saline drops at some point in their life. We use the spray on my toddler now, but the drops with my baby. Also, get the NoseFrida. You will love how great it works!
- Baby Tylenol – Always have this on hand!
- Children’s Tylenol – Some pediatricians actually give you dosage for children’s vs baby’s, so make sure you specify which one you have.
- Children’s Motrin – When your babies are older, they are able to use Motrin instead of Tylenol and it lasts longer. When my 10 month old got his first bad fever, Tylenol did nothing. Motrin though, knocked it right out.
- Children’s Benadryl – This is what the doctors will tell you to use if your baby has a cold. They can’t take cold medicines, but the benedryl will help dry up their mucus which will then help them breathe better and sleep.
- Children’s Zyrtec – This is another medicine your pediatrician will recommend. When my baby had a bad cold and none of the non-medical things worked, we gave him two doses of this split up for 2-3 days and he was better.
- Zarbee’s Baby Chest Rub – I was hesitant on using Vicks on my baby at first. This is a natural version which we loved and it can be used on babies.
- Aquaphor Diaper Cream – No better cream than this! My baby got a bad diaper rash after having to be on an antibiotic. This cleared it up within 24 hours. I recommend this to everybody.
- Shea Moisture Cream and Wash – I can’t rave about this enough. My toddler has eczema and had very sensitive skin as a baby. This was recommended to me by my cousin and I recommended it to my sister-in-law. For all our little ones with sensitive skin, this was the only thing that didn’t irritate their skin. Highly recommend!
I hope that this list is able to help you prepare for your little ones first year or maybe even give you some gift ideas for a shower. I would love to hear if you have used these products or if there are others you would add to the list!