There’s so much to do to get ready for baby. Lists on lists. It’s overwhelming. What do you NEED? What is a luxury? What is just marketing? As a pharmacist, I knew the first thing I wanted to do was prep my medicine cabinet (lol – pharmacy nerd alert).
These are my must have items to prepare for Baby Morris (keep reading for a sneak peek of our baby nursey).
Infant acetaminophen and ibuprofen
I typically prefer acetaminophen (Tylenol) as my first choice for a fever in little babes. The important thing to note is that both infant and children’s acetaminophen products are available. The strength (how many milligrams per mL) varies between products which can lead to a potential mis-dose. Read the product that you have at home carefully and always calculate a dose based on milligrams (never mL).
Some people prefer to alternate between acetaminophen and ibuprofen. By alternating, you would give acetaminophen, then 4 hours later, give ibuprofen, then 6 hours later, give acetaminophen and so on. As you can see, this can get difficult to follow and coordinate. My preference is to stick to one product only but stay on top of your dosing intervals. If a child is feeling unwell (irritable, crying fever) then give whichever product you choose at regularly. Stay ahead of the fever. Don’t wait for it to reappear or for the child to become irritable again. If you selected acetaminophen, give a dose every 4 hours regardless. Once you feel the acute phase of the illness if over, you can back off on how frequently you give a dose.
Vitamin D Drops
I live in Canada where the winter is 16 months long (especially this one). We don’t get the same vitamin D exposure from the sun like people in other countries. As I plan on breastfeeding, there just won’t be enough vitamin D for baby in my breast milk alone. Everyone in our house takes vitamin D - baby included.
The most important thing to remember when prepping your medicine cabinet for baby – less is more. Most cough and cold products are not recommended under the age of 2 years old. We just don’t know what is safe for these little kiddos so it’s best to avoid most products. But – colds happen, regardless of how old you are. So what can you do for a baby?
A nasal aspirator is a great, drug-free way to give baby some relief from congestion. It works by sucking out mucus or boogers to help allow baby breathe easy again.
Amydee PharmD’s Personal Medicine Cabinet for Baby
-Infant acetaminophen (10-15 mg/kg/dose every 4-6 hours)
-Infant ibuprofen (5-10 mg/kg/dose every 6-8 hours)
-Infant ear thermometer
Cough and Colds
-Vitamin D drops (400 units/day)
Nursery Sneak Peak
Now for a little sneak peak of our nursery!
I find natural elements relaxing so had to incorporate this preference into baby’s room as well. As a rancher’s daughter, I love the cow skin rug trend (although not from one of my Dad’s cows – despite dropping numerous hints at Christmas time).
Keeping things gender neutral for now. When baby arrives, depending on gender, I’ll add in more accents.