The first week of January has come and gone, and like clock-work, our toddler got sick. Our poor guy gets the same thing every year, almost down to the day. At this point, we pretty much have a routine in place that helps to keep him as comfortable as possible while the nasty cold/flu virus runs its course.
Between lots of cool baths, cuddling, popsicles, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, we refer back to our “Sick Kid Cart” that travels with us around the house whenever our babies get sick. Here are some of our favorites that we reach for every time someone catches a bug:
- NoseFrida // Gone are the days of trying to use the blue ball you get from the hospital to clear out your baby’s nose. The NoseFrida gets the job done quickly and thoroughly. You get past the “this is gross” thought after you use it for the first time and see how well it works. Anything to make your baby comfortable!
- oogiebear // Another booger option – this time, it’s for the hard-to-reach stuff. I found myself using the oogiebear more-so when the boys were infants (less fussing and straight to the point), but this is still a great option if the NoseFrida can’t get what you’re working on.
- Boogie Wipes // We first got these as a baby shower gift. One of my friends did a theme based around all of her must-haves. They ranged from hygiene products to educational toys – loved that idea. Anyways, Boogie wipes are well-worth the extra money and do more than your traditional baby wipe. The saline in the wipe is quick to pull out everything in your baby’s nose, and it doesn’t leave their face irritated.
- Oilogic Stuffy Nose & Cough Vapor Bath // Great to add to the tub when your babe is stuffed up.
- The Honest Company Breathe Easy Rub // I like this essential oils blend of lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils. It’s super soothing and definitely smells like something you’d want to put on before bed. We rub this on our toddler’s chest and feet.
- Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier // We actually use these on a daily basis in our kids’ rooms because we don’t have a whole-house humidifier. I love the night light feature – it projects stars on the ceiling that change colors. If you’re on the hunt for a kid-friendly humidifier, I’d highly recommend this one.
- Vicks VapoPads // Sometimes we pop these into the humidifier in our toddler’s room if he’s really congested.
- Thermometer // We use a few different thermometers, but this one was always accurate for us when our kids were infants.
- Ice packs // Our toddler runs very high fevers in general, so ice packs are always a go-to. This set stays cool for a long time.
- Spill-proof water bottle // I have yet to find a water bottle that’s completely spill-proof, but this is the best one we have.
Are there any must-haves that I’m missing? I’m always looking to add to our collection!