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Moms are pros at being prepared for almost any baby emergency. Mommy tool belt tip: Always have a thermometer handy with a supply of extra batteries, because babies are notorious for spiking fevers in the middle of the night.

What's in Your Mommy Tool Belt?

Written by Cathy Hale on June 27th, 2017

New moms, experienced moms and super moms can quickly name their must-have baby products. We lovingly refer to it as our mommy tool belt–the essentials we can grab in seconds to soothe, ease and comfort a cranky baby.

We tend to learn what’s really important with baby #1. If your baby started running a fever in the middle of the night and you couldn’t find her thermometer right away, you probably went out the next day and bought 5 thermometers and plenty of batteries.  

Then you strategically placed them around the house, so you could find one in mere seconds. That’s called living the #momlife!

What else is in that mommy tool belt? Let’s take a look:

Easing Newborn Tummies
A newborn with an unhappy tummy due to colic, gas bubbles or hiccups is no fun. These symptoms will make babies fussy and uncomfortable, which impacts feedings and sleeping.  If you’ve tried all of your best burping techniques and soothing strategies, but they aren’t giving her relief, these Little Remedies® products will come in handy.

Gas pain and colic symptoms seem to go hand-in-hand. Gas bubbles can be triggered by colic, because baby swallows a lot of air while crying. Additionally, if baby is fussy because she has gas pain, that can spark long bouts of crying (AKA colic).  That’s why super moms have both gripe water and gas relief drops nearby.

Gripe Water is a mixture of various herbs and is considered to be an effective remedy for quickly relieving baby’s stomach discomfort. Gas Relief Drops can even be mixed with formula or water, so they offer a quick solution for gassy babies.

Rescuing Stuffy Noses
Newborns with stuffy noses and dry nasal passages can throw the calmest mom into the throws of panic. When her cute little nose doesn’t work, it impacts her feedings and sleeping. Remember, little babies can’t blow their own noses, so it’s up to you to use an aspirator to clear her nose. And moms know babies hate aspirators.

One way you can avoid the aspirator vs. baby battle is to use saline. Little Remedies® Sterile Saline Mist is non-medicated and preservative-free.  I can speak from experience on this product, because I used it myself on my own nose. Unlike old-school saline flushes, this one is truly a fine mist, so it’s much more comfortable. The soft tip on the nozzle provides extra ease of use.

Forget Pesky Fevers
If you’re in super mom mode, you know fevers are just part of life with a baby.  If your baby is running a low-grade fever, she could be in minor pain due to cold symptoms, flu, sore throat or teething.  

Little Remedies® Infant Fever & Pain Reliever is a great option because it doesn’t contain artificial flavors or artificial dyes, no high fructose corn syrup, no aspirin or ibuprofen. Plus, it comes with an AccuSafe® syringe for easy dosing.

Baby Care in a Snap
The other must-haves in your mommy tool belt will help you tackle anything with ease: nail clippers, diaper cream, flashlight and your pediatrician’s phone number.

Babies are notorious for having teeny-tiny fingernails and toenails, but those little nails can leave a mark. Keep them trimmed, so baby doesn’t accidentally scratch herself.

Diaper cream will be your new best friend. There are lots of great products out there that can clear up diaper rash overnight or keep it from happening in the first place. When you find one you like, buy plenty of extras. You’ll be living with diapers for many years.

Have you stumbled into the nursery half-asleep in the dark? Super moms know turning on all the lights is a newborn no-no.  That’s why having a flashlight nearby is nice. Whether it’s an iPhone flashlight app or a real one, a little bit of extra light is helpful for checking on baby or reading dosing directions on medicine bottles.

Nighttime illnesses can be scary for first-time parents. If you encounter symptoms that concern you, keep contact info for your pediatrician handy. Most pediatricians have an after-hours line, so you can speak to a medical professional at any time of the day or night.

Did we forget something? What’s are the must-haves in your mommy tool belt? Let us know in the comments section on Facebook!