Kid Care Kit

Cleaning runny noses, wiping tears, and bandaging up little scrapes are all part of the baby and toddler package. Apart from your patience, and plenty of extra cuddling, there are a few things that are useful to have on hand when you live with little people.

Before we get to the list, I need to tell you that there is no one kit or set of items that will be useful for every person. Ideally, you need to find the items that are suitable for you and your babes.

Here is a list of our favourite things to have at home for when our little one is feeling under the weather or forgets there is a sofa in the middle of the room and just runs into it. We have them in our home at all times, because you’ll never get a memo about when your child will be sick.

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Arnica Cream
I carry this with me wherever we go. Arnica is a renowned plant with powerful natural healing properties and is great for strains, sprains and bruises.

Bandages
For covering up little scrapes and cuts. Get creative and purchase some fun bandages with favourite characters or quirky designs.

Barrier Cream
Diaper rashes can range from mild to severe fungal infections. A good barrier cream protects your baby’s sensitive skin from the hostile diaper environment.

Calamine Lotion
Summer months for us means plenty of pesky mosquitos. After they have made a meal of my little guy (boo), a dab of calamine lotion soothes the itching – and it nice and cool because we store it in the fridge.

Chest Rub
For those long stuffy nights a good chest rub can help to ease breathing and decongestion. Our favourite is a herbal rub that contains Eucalyptus, pine, lavender, tea tree and Niaouli.

Chicken Soup
Growing up, I always remember my mom putting on a pot of chicken soup when we were coming down with a flu or cold, and it always seemed to help. Now I do it in my house; a good chicken broth is good for more than just the soul.

Eucalyptus Oil
When its cold and flu season, eucalyptus is handy to drop a few drops in warm bath to help clear congestion. I even like to put a few drops in a tissue to inhale from time to time or on pillows to help get a good nights rest.

Flaxseed
When our little one is suffering from constipation, we have found flaxseed to work wonders. You can use flaxseed oil which can be added to various foods (depending on how much of a picky eater your little one is) or actual flaxseed. To prepare the flaxseed, put a teaspoon of flaxseed in a sealable container, add double the amount of water, cover and let sit overnight. Add half a teaspoon of the flaxseed to a bowl of oatmeal for a heathy, digestion aiding breakfast.

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Hand Sanitizer
Always keep your hands clean around sick children, so you don’t get sick yourself or spread the germs to others.

Ice Pack
I recently purchased a small ice pack in the shape of a frogs face and now with every little bump, our toddler runs to the freezer yelling for ‘Froggy’ to help him soothe the bump.

Lavender Oil
Night-time always seems like the worst time for being sick, no matter what’s wrong, it’s always seems to get worse at night. I love adding a few drops of pure lavender oil on pillows for a sound night sleep.

Nasal Aspirator
The second this shows up, my toddler runs as far away from me as he can. This has to be one of the most difficult things I use with my toddler but the results are so beneficial that it really makes it worth it. There are many to choose from, just find one that’s comfortable for you to use and effective for your baby.

Non Stinging Disinfectant
If you need to clean up a scrape, don’t run to the hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol – they sting and it will surely torment your child. Try a saline solution for small cuts and scrapes.

Saline Spray
Stuffy nose = cranky baby. Nasal sprays or mists are safe for babies, infants and toddlers, and act as immediate help to relieve the discomfort of a stuffy/runny nose.

Soft Tissues
With all the blowing and wiping, those little noses can get red and dry. Look for the softest tissues you can find for their soft and delicate skin.

Thermometer
No matter what type of thermometer you use, be sure that it is accurate, consistent and quick. If you use a digital thermometer, regularly check batteries to make sure its ready to use when you need it.

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{Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before using any medicines or medicated creams and confirm that anything you use is suitable for your baby’s age.}

 

15 Comments
  1. This is a great list, so many things I didn’t think of! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be coming back to this post to make my own kit!

  2. Great list! I was a nanny and preschool teacher for about 5 years and I always had these with me at all times! You never know when you’re going to need them!

  3. Great list! I always find myself missing something when my daughter actually needs it lol. I need to do way better! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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