If you have an infant or a baby they will get sick. Here is a list of must-have products that you need to help make your babies comfortable when they get a cold or cough.
Here are some of the best baby products for colds and coughs that I fell in love with that helped my son!
Okay, so my son is now 6 months and boy have we been through a series of events and occurrences that we have never experienced. Let’s see Calvin has had his first cold, he is now starting the teething process, he had bronchiolitis, he has eczema, cradle cap, and, at times, some serious gas issues among other things. Out of all of these situations, we have gone through, no one prepared us for when out baby would have his first cold! Without having a child without a handbook and with friends giving you different suggestions, you pretty much try several things before finding the one product or the one regimen that will actually work. My stomach turns at the very idea of the amount of money we must have spent trying to find the right product for certain causes. Well, my hope is that this post will keep you from spending extra money by providing you some of the best baby products for colds and coughs that I have come across in my journey thus far of motherhood. Trust me, your baby will get a cold at some point.
Why should you trust anything that I say? Well, this post is from one mother to another. I am not getting paid or receiving any free product for this post. This is all from my personal experience, which means it is going, to be honest. I will tell you the problem, which led us to purchase the product and my honest opinion about its efficiency. The products can be purchased through Amazon or Target.
NoseFrida– This is my absolute favorite baby product! When Calvin experienced his first cold, he was very congested. So much so that he could not sleep well. He would wake up SCREAMING probably because his nose clogged up. Think about a time as an adult where you woke up with your nose clogged up and how that must feel must be a baby! I used the nose bulb, which would only work so well. It was suggested for me to use the “Nosefrida” to get more mucus out of his nose. I had seen this product at Target but based upon the box it looked as though the mucus that would come out of the baby’s nose would also come through to my mouth! That is totally not the case! If you had the same concern when viewing this product, let me tell you that you will not get any baby boogers or snot in your mouth. There is a filter that prevents that from happening.
Boogie Mist– Speaking of getting mucus out of your baby’s nose, you are also going to need a saline solution to loosen the mucus in their nose to make it easy for you to extract it with the Nosefrida or the nose bulb, whichever one you want to use. I do like Little Remedies Saline Spray and I do recommend that product. However, I like Boogie Mist a little better. Why? The nozzle that sprays the saline solution in the baby’s nose is more gentle ( I think) and it didn’t freak my baby out as much, but I do use Little Remedies if need be.
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Vicks Humidifier– Your baby is going to need a humidifier. Period. A Humidifier is a great way to loosen the air so it is easier for your baby to breathe through the congestion. There are several humidifiers that you could choose from, but based on the reviews on Amazon, I decided to go with this one. When my son was sick, he also had a really bad cough and I put a little bit of the Vicks cough suppressant in the humidifier to allow the vapors to mist into the air to help and I believe it did. I was sick at the same time as my son and it even helped me. This humidifier is pretty inexpensive as well.
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Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub– After bath time, I made sure I rubbed Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub on his chest and feet. Why his feet? I honestly don’t know the exact reason. It was just suggested to me by several people. I personally feel that Vicks Vapor Rub can be a bit strong as an adult, so I wanted to use something made with natural ingredients that still did the trick but wasn’t as strong, potentially. However, I do recommend Baby Vicks Vapor Rub as well as it was a product that came suggested by many of my friends. Also, my baby has really bad eczema and I wanted to be careful about what I would put on his skin to avoid eczema breakouts. You can buy this at Amazon.
A few tips:
- If you are breastfeeding, load up on the Vitamin C and other health properties that would fortify your breast milk. I do believe this helped some as well as his cough never got as bad as it could. In addition to taking additional Vitamin C, also take your pre and post-natal vitamins as they have vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs to help combat their cold. I recommend Pre-Natal Vitamins and Women’s Multi-Vitamin and their Lactation Plus pills that I have used to help with the breast milk supply. If you are not breastfeeding, you may want to consider using the baby formula by the Honest Company as well, as it is organic and contains all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs.
- Be patient with your baby. I believe it is inevitable that your baby will get a cold at some point. No need to panic as I did. This is a sign that your baby’s immune system is thriving and learning how to keep your baby healthy and safe from harmful illnesses. That is why it is important to have the best baby products for colds and coughs. Also, do not expect them to sleep well, however. I ended up keeping our baby right next to me in his bassinet. Just think about how you are as an adult when you get a cold and how that experience must be for your baby. Pretty uncomfortable.
- If your baby is sleeping in his bed fine, you may want to prop up the baby mattress slightly at the head of where he is sleeping to help keep the mucus draining and not staying in your baby nose. I do not recommend allowing your baby to sleep on the Boppy pillow or any similar pillow unattended. Allowing your baby to sleep in these sleep agents alone unattended could lead to suffocation or SIDS and that isn’t something that anyone wants, trust me.
- Do take your baby to the pediatrician to be sure you are staying ahead of any upper respiratory viruses or pneumonia. You better believe me, I stayed in the doctor’s office because I wanted to make sure that I caught anything before it became something. Do not be afraid to call your doctor as often as needed. That is what they are there for. Your baby can’t talk and tell you what’s wrong, but your doctor can give you key indicators of certain symptoms you may not be aware of.
I do hope these products and advice give you a glimmer of hope that you will need to fight through the baby’s first cold. In my opinion, these are must-have baby products for colds and coughs that every household with a little bundle of joy should have. If you are pregnant and have not had your baby as of yet and especially if you are due around cold and flu season like I was, I definitely recommend that you put these products on your registry! If you have any products or methods that you used that were successful, please feel free to share them with me.
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