When your baby is colicky, gassy, or generally fussy, the last thing you want to do is pack them up and head to the drugstore. We’ve been there and want to help you avoid those last-minute errands with baby in tow. A better idea: Stock the nursery ahead of time with the following baby essential must-haves items that we’ve learned to always keep on hand.
Gas Relief Drops
Babies are notorious tooters and burpers who often require a little help getting those pesky and painful gas bubbles out. Simethicone-containing drops, like Mommy’s Bliss Gas Relief Drops, can help break-up the bubbles, relieving the pressure and providing fast relief. (Bonus: These contain no alcohol, no added sugar, and no artificial flavors or colors, so they’re safe to use even on the littlest gas bags.)
Unfortunately, there’s no magic solution for colic, which is when baby showers you with regular fits of tears and fussiness at the same time every day for weeks on end. But gripe water has been a long-time go-to for moms battling colic for a reason: It can help ease baby’s fussiness. Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water, for instance, is made with organic ginger and fennel, both baby-safe ingredients traditionally used to relieve symptoms from colic.
Gum Massage Gel
Swollen and sore gums are an expected precursor to a sweet, toothy smile. Docs often recommend gently rubbing baby’s gums with clean fingers to ease their discomfort. Do this with a dab of Mommy’s Bliss Organic Gum Massage Gel, which contains inflammation-easing chamomile and calming vanilla, but absolutely no unsafe numbing or cooling agents.
And we’re not talking about the forehead kind. It’s actually recommended that parents take their kiddo’s temperature rectally until the age of 3. The results are simply more accurate that way. (Clean the end with rubbing alcohol or soap and water before and after every use.)
Nervous about the whole rectal thermometer thing? Apply a dab of petroleum jelly to the tip of the thermometer to make it easy to insert. Petroleum jelly is also a top-notch baby-friendly moisturizer, great for keeping scrapes, dry skin, and diaper rash well-lubricated, which speeds healing.
The cool, moist air from a humidifier helps to gently thin out all the gunk that’s stuffing up baby’s nose, making it one of the safest and most natural ways to ease congestion. While warm air humidifiers work too, steam can cause burns, so that’s a big no-go for babies.
Saline Nasal Drops
Unlike steroid nasal sprays that grown-ups may use to tackle drippy allergy-infested noses, babies only need a med-free saline nasal solution, like Mommy’s Bliss Saline Drops. Here, the saltwater solution works to dilute the mucus in baby’s nose, making this a safe and gentle way to relieve congestion.
Since stuffed-up infants aren’t skilled enough to blow their wee noses yet, you’ll want to gently suction out the mucus buildup with a soft nasal aspirator (aka bulb syringe). A couple of quick squeezes can help your congested baby breathe easier. (If you’re using nasal drops, use the aspirator afterward, so you can suck out the freshly loosened snots.)