Have you ever gone away with the family for the weekend only to realize that you forgot a few essential baby products that you didn’t think you needed on a short getaway?
Of course I’m not talking about the every day diapers & wipes you haul everywhere. I’m referring to 3 products that every mom has stored away in the medicine cabinet but never thinks to travel with, especially if you’re just going to visit the grandparents or friends for the night.
What are they? Tylenol. Teething Tablets. Nose Spray.
I was one of those parents who had to learn the hard way. Now I always make sure to pack these things with me, even if I’m just going away for the night. Because in reality, you never know when baby will need them!
1. Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
Even if your little one looks perfectly fine one moment, you can’t always tell when a fever will develop. It can happen from a virus that was already in the works or it can come on from severe teething. My little man was about 6 months old when I had to run out unexpectedly while visiting family to pick up some medicine to alleviate the onset of a sudden high fever. Although it wasn’t a huge deal, I would have much rather preferred to be prepared with the tylenol already in hand than to be out and about searching for a remedy.
Make sure to always have some acetaminophen in tow any time you are away AND remember to purchase infant’s tylenol (instead of children’s) if your child is under 2 years of age!
2. Teething Tablets or Gel.
If your baby is in the “teething phase” or anywhere between 3 months to 2 years old, it’s crucial to have some type of teething remedy on hand. While Sophie the Giraffe feels great on the gums, it won’t always do the trick. I like to carry a homeopathic brand like Baby Orajel or Hylands which helps to quickly alleviate teething discomfort.
3. Saline Nose Spray.
When your little one has a stuffy or dry nose that’s keeping him up at night, it’s no fun for anyone. You want to treat it as soon as possible. Having a nose spray handy is therefore a must!
My go-to spray has always been Little Noses Saline Drops. Trust me, if you ignore the issue your child may have trouble breathing at night and even snore a bit when put down to rest.
Here’s a TIP if your baby fights you: Try swaddling him or her so the legs and arms are secure, and gently hold the head in place while you quickly squirt a drop in each nostril.
Did you ever forget an essential baby item when away from home? Share your thoughts!
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.