September is baby safety month and the start of cold and flu season. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a germaphobe and a huge worrywart when it comes to my kids. As a result, I have tested a ton of healthcare and safety products. Here are some of my favorites that I’m counting on to get me and my littles through to next April!
There are few things parents dislike more than seeing their kids with gunky, runny, snotty noses (sorry for that visual). But have you ever tried to get a toddler or preschooler to blow their nose? You could probably recite the alphabet backward quicker and easier.
I love Boogie Wipes for all those times when dirty noses happen: colds, allergies, tantrum cry fests, etc. They are gentle, easy to use and when you combine them with the all-new Boogie Mist and you’ll be happily kissing those boogie-free noses again in no time.
Boogie Wipes retail for $1.59+. Boogie Mist retails for $6.29.
Ever tried to get your baby to take their liquid medicine with droppers? Not so easy. What about mixing it with breastmilk or formula? That’s OK, but it’s hard to tell if they’re getting the correct dose. The Carex medicine nurser does away with all of the hassle and worry. The tiny jar and nipple makes the nurser no different than taking a bottle or pacifier. Plus, you can easily tell if all the medicine is gone. So simple!
The Carex Medicine Nurser retails for $2.14.
A good humidifier is a must-have in my home because my 4-year-old, Eden, suffers from asthma and allergies. We run it constantly during cold and flu season and when the air inside is dry so that she is able to sleep comfortably. I’m loving the Tribest Humio humidifier right now because not only does it double as a nightlight, but you can also add drops of essential oils for a full aromatherapy experience. Eden’s favorite thing is choosing which color she wants each night (there are three) and helping me add a few drops of lavender oil.
The Tribest Humio humidifier retails for $99.95.
If kids are doing childhood right, cuts, scrapes and bloody noses are all part of the deal. Still, getting hurt is never fun and seeing blood can be downright scary for some little ones. BloodSTOP gauze is a cool product in that when applied, it absorbs the blood and transforms into a gel to seal the wound. It keeps the wound clean and promotes faster healing.
The BloodSTOP gauze retails for $16.99.
Small boo-boo’s happen, but you don’t have to wait days or weeks for unsightly bruises to fade away. Hyland’s 4 Kids Bumps ‘n Bruises with Arnica is a topical medicine that helps eliminate swelling, bruising and the pain that comes with both. A bonus? The packaging is super fun and makes for a great distraction from the pain.
Hyland’s 4 Kids Bumps ‘n Bruises with Arnica retails for $7.99.
One of the first things I think to do when my daughter is sick is check her temperature. For many parents, it’s the most telling sign of whether the illness can be handled safely at home or if a trip to the doctor or (even scarier) the Emergency Room is needed. The Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer with Fever Insight is super simple to use and gives results quickly, clearly and accurately. Even better, you don’t have to wake up and disturb your child if they’re sleeping to get a reading.
The Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer retails for $49.99.
If you’re planning a vacation over the winter holiday and will be spending a lot of time of the beach (lucky!), then you need the Equipbaby Pop Up Bassinet. Simply pop it open, lay down the included pad and it’s ready for baby. The sun protective material (SPF 50) keeps baby cool and safe from harsh rays and the mesh netting keeps bugs and pests away. When folded up, it’s no larger than a Frisbee so you can pack it in your suitcase or travel bag with ease.
The EquiptBaby Pop-Up Bassinet retails for $69.95.
Baby sleep is a funny thing. I spend so much time wishing my 5-month-old would just sleep, but when she finally is, I find myself watching her like a hawk and wondering if she’s sleeping too long! At least with the Ovia Video Baby Monitor I can keep an eye on her while she sleeps without hovering above the crib the whole time.
This monitor has all the latest bells and whistles: touchscreen, two night vision cameras with silent pan, tilt and zoom capabilities, two-way communication, the ability to save photos and video to an SD card and more. It would make an awesome gift for any tech-savvy and/or nervous-to-the-point-that-you-can’t-sleep expectant parent.
The Levana Ovia 2 Camera Video Baby Monitor retails for $259.99.