Whether you're traveling or at home, having an emergency kit on hand is always a good idea. For new parents especially, having easy access to all the essentials you'll need when your baby is feeling less than 100% takes away some of the stress.
Pack everything into a tightly sealed tote and keep it high - out of the reach of exploring hands. You'll want to check the package dates of everything inside at least once every 3-6 months depending on when things expire.
It is also a good idea to creat a list of the contents and their expirey dates. Tape the list to the lid of your box for a quick reference guide. Restock as you need to and add anything you like as your baby grows older.
Some staples include:
- Gripe Water
- Antihistamines (doctor recommended)
- Calamine lotion
- Nose drops
- Cotton pads/swabs
- infants' acetaminophen (doctor recommended)
- Diaper cream
- Diaper wipes
- Baby powder
- Teething tablets
- Wash clothes
- Pedialite (for toddlers)
- Bulb syringe
It could also be useful to pack a smaller kit for when you travel with your baby or children and keep it handy in the car. Again, be sure to regularly check the expiration date on any medical supplies and restock as needed.
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