When you’re expecting, it sometimes seems like you’re creating a never-ending list of items to buy for your new bundle of joy.
In addition to the basics, you’re probably being told by friends and family (and know-it-all strangers) about all the things you “need” for your baby.
A lot of that “stuff” is just fluff, or “nice to haves,” but some are extremely important. And one that you absolutely don’t want to forget is a baby first aid kit.
Why buy a baby first aid kit?
“A first aid kit is important to have at home so that, in case of an emergency, no one has to run out to the store and waste valuable time to get supplies,” says Wendy Proskin, MD, a pediatrician at Westmed Medical Group in Rye, New York.
There are many common conditions and ailments that newborns and older babies might experience during the first year and beyond, including gassiness, a stuffy nose, fever, and the pains of teething, in which a first aid kit can come in handy.
While you can put together your own first aid kit using several items you already have in your house, many of those products may not be formulated for use by an infant.
Luckily, there are several first aid kits on the market that are made specifically for infants and come with everything you need to care for your child in various instances.
What to look for
A newborn kit, according to Proskin, should include the following:
- a rectal thermometer (the quicker the read, the better)
- nail clippers
- gauze pads or cotton balls
- saline drops
- a nasal aspirator
A kit for an older infant will be a little different, however, so you should update the contents of your kit accordingly as your child passes the 6-month mark.
This kit, Proskin explains, should also include:
- acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fevers or pain
- oral diphenhydramine (Benedryl) for allergic reactions
- alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer
- antibiotic ointment
- gauze, tape, and scissors
As you create your registry or list of things to buy for your little one, consider some of these first aid kits for babies that come equipped with just about everything you might need to care for your child.
If you suspect your child may be sick, it’s always best to call their pediatrician’s office to discuss the symptoms over the phone to find out if they recommend bringing your child in to be examined.
If, for any reason, your child has a rectal temperature that exceeds 100.4°F (38°C) you should bring them to the doctor.
Of course, it’s always better to err on the side of caution with a young infant, so be sure to follow your new-parent instinct if you think your baby isn’t acting normal.
Additionally, as a safety precaution, it’s best not to put a bandage on a young infant who can easily pull it off and put it in their mouth, as this poses a choking hazard. If you do have to use a bandage, be sure it’s placed in an area that your baby can’t reach and remove as soon as possible.
How we chose
For this list, we reached out to well-respected pediatricians to best understand the medical needs of an infant and what can be provided safely at home by the parents.
We also reached out to real parents to learn about the kits they found to be useful in caring for their young infant.
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Best baby first aid kit for the basics
Best baby first aid kit for first-time parents
Pretty much everything you’ll need to use on your baby in the first year is in this kit, which is why it’s a great option for first-time parents who might not have mini versions of all the medical essentials already hiding in their medicine cabinet.
This kit includes a nasal aspirator, bottle medicine dispenser, and 3-in-1 thermometer clad with its own protective case. It also contains grooming essentials such as a cradle cap comb and toddler toothbrush, all in a wrapping clutch case that lets you easily organize the items.
Best baby first aid kit for fighting colds
Best first aid kit for the whole family
The whole fam will find this kit incredibly useful, for everything from a scraped knee to a splinter in the finger. In fact, it’s equipped with enough first aid supplies to care for 50 people (we just hope you never have to use that many supplies!)
It includes 250 medical essentials, some of which you can use for your baby, including gauze rolls and a tongue depressor. However, you’ll want to supplement a few baby-specific things, including a nasal aspirator and some infant Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Best first aid kit for the diaper bag
Best first aid kit for colicky babies
If your little one is suffering from colic — constant crying and fussiness that affects about 10 to 40 percent of babies worldwide — you’ll want to have some tummy relief in your first aid kit.
Although gas isn’t a direct cause of colic, offering relief may help minimize the extent of your baby’s cries if they’re feeling gassy.
This kit, created by Little Remedies, includes their saline spray, an aspirator, gas relief drops, fever and pain reliever, and gripe water. Added perk: They also throw in a small Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, which parents have been using on their baby’s rash-prone tushes for decades.