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There’s nothing worse than a sick baby! While that’s not entirely true, in the moment I could be convinced otherwise.
“For me, the hardest part of having a sick baby is that life goes on. I still have to get all the other kids everywhere they are supposed to be with all materials needed on the right day and time. This feels impossible when my armful of hot, miserable baby feels like an active emergency.”
Some of my survival tips are:
Know when to take the risk and when to play it safe. If life is crazy, and time, energy and nerves are in short supply, it’s not the time to risk illness. Take extra precautions when there is extra concern.
Get real about the impact a sick baby has on your family. It really is that hard. Let life slow down a little and let some things slide. Operate on a bare minimum energy level.
Let people help you! All this people who asked how they could help when the baby was born that you didn’t ever want to bother… here’s your second chance. Let them help with older kids or bring a meal. It really is that hard.
Wear you baby when the show must go on to keep him or her AND you in the upright position.
Sick Baby Survival Essentials
These tried and tested sick baby survival supplies will get you through the worst of most common childhood ailments.
- Saline nasal spray – Non-medicated This is what I found on Amazon but I usually just grab a generic off the shelf at the pharmacy
- A Bubzi Nasal Aspirator
- Lots of tissues
- Ibuprofen (with pediatrician approval)
- Benadryl – Again, I usually just grab a generic
- Symphony bars or if dairy free Costco chocolate chips
- A good temporal or ear thermometer
- Rectal and/or oral thermometer for accuracy – Especially for kids under 2 months
- Walmart $1 bowls- Line with 8-10 grocery sacks and remove top layers as needed
- Giant Costco bag of baking soda for fluids and smells
- Crib mattress pads
- Brolly Sheets
- Cheap fleece blankets- uses
- Mind-numbing, feel-good background movies (Legally Blonde, Decoy Bride, Nanny Mc Fee)
- A good, cool mist humidifier– I like ones that don’t have filters
- Calmoseptine – For diaper rash related miracles!
- Essential oils or a good chest rub if your baby is over six months or with pediatrician approval
- White noise, machine, app or on fire stick – I like the free White Noise app or white noise on my Fire Stick
- Yoga ball – We have many different yoga balls in our house… this one is by far everyone’s favorite for bouncing
- This is the ring sling I am using now.
- Woven wrap for back wrapping and long wearing
Best wishes to you and your little one too!