Everyone thinks of diapers and burp cloths as they prepare to welcome a newborn.
But have you considered what you need for the best baby first-aid kit?
Unlike toddlers and older children, babies aren’t as prone to bumps and scrapes.
Yet they have their own needs when it comes to unexpected injury and illness.
Let’s talk about what you need for your baby’s first-aid kit.
First-aid checklist for new parents
The first thing to put in your baby’s first-aid kit is an emergency contact card.
You probably have your doctor’s phone number programmed into your phone.
But write it down just in case.
Also, list contact info for trusted caregivers and emergency numbers for poison control and so on.
Then, here are other first-aid essentials for your baby (1).
- baby thermometer
- bulb syringe or nasal aspirator
- saline nose drops
- medicine for gas
- baby acetaminophen or another pain reliever
- rehydration fluid-like Pedialyte
- medicine dropper
- cotton balls
- antiseptic for cleaning wounds
- tongue depressor
- baby nail clippers
- cream like calamine lotion to soothe bug bites
- insect repellent
- heating pad or hot-water bottle
- ice pack
- rubbing alcohol to sterilize tools
- Band-Aids or gauze and tape (don’t put Band-Aids on fingers or toes where a baby might suck them off and swallow them)
The list should also include anything that your child needs specifically for her health. Some infants may need a hospital-grade first-aid kit.
You might also include other useful items like a brush and comb, diaper cream, or petroleum jelly.
Get ideas from your doctor, too.
While you can put together a personalized first-aid kit for your baby, you can also purchase pre-made kits with many handy items.
Just take a look at the ones below to get ideas.
Top Baby First Aid Kits
American Red Cross Deluxe Health and Grooming Kit
The American Red Cross is one of the most trusted organizations in the world. It’s no surprise that their deluxe baby healthcare is a top seller.
It comes in a clear-sided tote bag that allows you to see at a glance what’s inside.
The kit comes with a baby wellness and safety guide plus grooming tools. These include a calm, brush, scissors, clipper, toothbrush, mirror, and fingertip brush.
Then, there is a nasal aspirator, a digital thermometer, a medicine dropper, and a medicine spoon with a comfort tip.
In other words, you’ll get all the basics to care for your newborn’s health. There’s even enough space to slide in a few small extras.
Safety 1st Deluxe 25-Piece Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit
The Safety 1st Deluxe Kit comes with a protective clutch-style case to store all the accessories.
The interior pockets have clear windows to help you find what you need in a hurry.
There are twenty-five pieces total.
They range from a cradle cap comb to a thermometer, emery boards, clippers, a nasal aspirator, and a toddler toothbrush.
The First Years American Red Cross Baby Healthcare Kit
It’s a great idea to get a baby first aid kit for travel.
Here’s what you need in case your little one gets sick on a trip.
The seven-piece set comes with a medicine dropper, digital thermometer, nasal aspirator, and a nail clipper in a zippered storage bag.
The compact kit is about the size of an adult’s hand, so it should fit in a diaper bag without problems.
Safety 1st Deluxe Healthcare & Grooming Kit
This kit is a little different from the other one by Safety 1st.
It has a bottle-shaped medicine dispenser instead of a dropper or spoon.
There’s also a nasal aspirator, one of those bulb syringes used to suck mucus out of the nostrils.
With the digital thermometer comes five disposable probe covers. That’s helpful as you might need to measure the temperature at the rectum.
Moreover, there are alcohol wipes to disinfect the tools.
You might not need the toothbrush for a while yet, but the little brush and comb might be useful.
Finally, the fingernail clippers have a large grip. This may or may not make them easier to control, depending on your preference.
Me4kidz Medipro Baby Starter First Aid Kit
The Medipro starter first-aid kit for babies contains one hundred and five pieces.
That sounds like a lot until you take into account that many of them are extras of the same product.
For example, there are several gauze pads, adhesive bandages, swabs, and wipes.
Alongside this are small scissors, latex-free exam gloves, and plastic tweezers. The latter tool isn’t very impressive.
Furthermore, the thermometer is made for one-time use only.
If all you want is a first-aid kit to toss in the glove box, this is an inexpensive option.
Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy Mom & Baby Healthcare and Grooming Gift Kit
It’s hard to resist Fridababy’s products when they have names like SnotSucker.
This kit includes that very tool alongside others like Frida the MomWasher peri bottle.
But there’s more to make you smile and help your baby feel better.
For example, there are Windi the Gas Passer instant relief tubes. And don’t forget the Snipper Clipper set.
Everything comes in a waterproof pouch that asks, “WTF: What’s the Fuss?
Safety 1st Welcome Baby Nursery Collection
The Welcome Baby nursery kit helps you keep everything you need in one place.
It has a compact changing pad that’s easy to wipe clean and waterproof.
Next, the carrying bag has a compartment for baby wipes and a diaper. You could also use this room for storing other first-aid supplies instead.
The kit includes a digital thermometer for measuring oral, underarm, or rectal temperatures.
Then there are clippers, nail files, a brush and comb, a medicine dropper, a nasal bulb syringe, and a toothbrush.
Medibag 117 Piece Kid Friendly First Aid Kit for the Whole Family
Medibag acknowledges the fact that mom and dad and the other kids need first-aid supplies, too.
This friendly kit includes one hundred seventeen pieces to care for a variety of boo-boos. It’s latex-free and award-winning.
Some of the components include several sizes of bandage, burn gel, cold pack, hand sanitizer, cotton swabs, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointments, and even kid-friendly stickers.
Summer Complete Nursery Care Kit
If you want all the basics, including a pacifier and a gum massager for teething, check out this kit.
It has a nasal aspirator (bulb syringe), medicine dropper, nail files and clipper, forehead thermometer, digital thermometer comb and brush, and finger cleaning brush.
Small Compact Mini First Aid Kit For Diaper Bag, Travel, Purse, Home and Car
If you prefer normal nail clippers and metal tweezers, here’s a nice little kit. It was created by a mom who’s a nurse and a mother of two.
The fold-up clutch measures five and a half inches tall and just under 4 inches wide. It should fit in a diaper bag or your glove compartment.
What’s more, although it comes with fifty accessories, there are still extra compartments to add a few more.
Instead of drawing from generic brands that you’ve never heard of, the kit includes name brand products like Wet Ones.
Plus, there are all sorts of things parents need in real life like safety pins, gauze pads, and burn cream.
Each kit is assembled by disabled adults in the USA. If you’re not pleased with the product, contact the company for a full refund.
Ever Ready First Aid Adult and Infant CPR Mask Combo Kit
Now, let’s look at individual items that you may want to include in your baby’s first-aid kit.
For example, here is a CPR mask for infants. (The kit also comes with a mask for adults.)
It’s a pocket resuscitator that’s latex-free and comes with its own travel case.
There are filters, alcohol wipes, and disposable valves to prevent cross-contamination.
Infant & Child CPR and Choking First Aid – Laminated Card with Magnet
Learn how to use the CPR mask with this handy laminated card.
It’s a great idea to review this regularly. Hang it on the fridge and reread it every month.
The 8.5 x 11-inch card illustrates the Heimlich maneuver and CPR for babies and children.
There’s also a space to write emergency contact information with the included dry-erase marker.
Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida the Snotsucker
Here is the famous SnotSucker from FridaBaby.
It’s a Swedish invention that may make you feel like gagging once you discover how it works.
Happily, it comes with filters to protect mommy or daddy’s mouth.
No one can complain that it’s not effective. It was invented by a doctor as a less invasive, more powerful solution than a bulb syringe for stuffy noses.
It’s BPA and phthalate-free. Also, the blue tube, mouthpiece, and filter cap are dishwasher-safe.
For best results, spray saline solution in each nostril to loosen the mucus before you use the tool.
MediFrida the Accu-Dose Pacifier Baby Medicine Dispenser by FridaBaby
Medicine doesn’t taste good.
Once your baby finds out how awful the liquid is, it’s going be a challenge to get her to swallow it.
That’s why you need this innovative medicine dropper.
It since medicine to the side of the cheek to keep the baby from spitting it up. She’ll never taste it, so she won’t fight.
Even better, the tip is shaped like a pacifier. In fact, you can use it as a pacifier.
Obviously, it’s BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.
oogiebear – The Safe Baby Nasal Booger and Ear Cleaner
If your baby needs to have his ears or nose cleaned, this is the perfect tool. One end is a scoop, and the other is a loop.
It’s FDA-cleared as a medical device, believe it or not.
It has a bear-shaped head to keep it from penetrating too deep. And it’s free of PVC, latex, and BPA.
Breathe Easy Kit Sick Day Essentials by FridaBaby
Congestion is no fun for baby or mom and dad.
This Sick Day Essentials kit has baby vapor rub, vapor drops, and nose and chest wipes.
The drops go in bathwater or a diffuser. Then, apply the rub with eucalyptus and lavender on the chest.
Everything organic, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic. Just keep it out of the little one’s eyes.
Little Remedies Infant Essentials
Get this kit ahead of time to avoid middle-of-the-night runs to the pharmacy.
The Little Remedies set includes saline spray, gripe water, and gas relief drops.
The saline spray can be squirted upward into a nostril or dripped downward. It fixes stuffy and crusty noses. Use it before you try to remove mucus with an aspirator.
Next, the gripe water helps sore tummies feel better. It gentle and doesn’t have sodium bicarbonate, dyes, or gluten. It should relieve gas pains, hiccups, and colic.
It has a natural ginger flavor.
You can also try the Strawberry-flavored gas relief drops. They are free from alcohol, parabens, artificial flavors, and dyes.
ICEWRAPS Reusable Gel Ice Packs with Cloth Backing
Not everybody has a bag of frozen peas in the freezer. These gel packs are much more convenient, anyway.
Although they are labeled as ice packs, they double as heat pads, too. Just heat them in ten-second intervals.
The cloth backing makes them instantly skin-friendly. In addition, they are latex-free, non-toxic, and reusable.
Each one is four-inches in size and made of medical-grade plastic for durability.
Thermal-Aid Zoo — Tiny the Elephant
It’s hard for sick babies to resist this adorable stuffed toy.
The soft and fluffy pink elephant can be heated in the microwave for up to forty-five seconds. Then he retains heat for up to forty-five minutes.
He’s perfect for when your little one has a tummyache.
But that’s not all the elephant can do.
You can also put him in the freezer to cool him down. Then he can reduce the inflammation from sunburn or diminish a fever (2).
He’s made of natural cotton and a specially engineered corn stuffing.
You can also choose a different animal like a bear, hippo, monkey, rabbit, or koala.
Your baby is precious, and I know you want to do your best by him.
It’s a brilliant idea to invest in a baby first-aid kit. It’s a small price to pay for significant peace of mind.
Then you’ll have the tools you need to take care of life’s little emergencies.
1. https://www.parents.com/baby/injuries/first-aid/first-aid-kit-essentials/ accessed February 24, 2020
2. https://www.parents.com/health/injuries/first-aid/first-aid-tips-for-common-kid-injuries/ by Claire McCarthy, M.D., accessed February 24, 2020