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How to survive baby’s first cold: 8 products moms swear by

These items will help soothe + comfort your babe when she’s not feeling her best.

How to survive baby’s first cold: 8 products moms swear by

Winter is here and, baby, it’s cold outside. Unfortunately that means sometimes colds make their way inside, too. There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself healthy during cold + flu season, but since your little one’s immune system is still a work in progress, a cold or two is probably in your baby’s future.


Baby’s first cold can be rough—both on baby and on you! It’s less than fun to see your little one in distress, even when it’s simply from the common cold. But not to worry, mama: We’re here to help you soothe those sniffles and bust that fuss with our favorite products to help ease baby’s first cold. Though we can’t promise a magical fix, we can promise that these items will help soothe + comfort your babe when she’s not feeling her best.

Here are the eight cold-busters we absolutely cannot live without. We’ve tried them all.

1. A snot sucker that actually works

File this one under, “things I never dreamed I’d get excited about before I became a mom.” Call us weird, but there are few things in life we find more satisfying than clearing out those teeny, tiny nostrils when they’re all stuffed up.

There are lots of snot suckers on the market, but this one is far and away our favorite and is an absolute must-have in every parent’s cold-fighting arsenal. Does it sound gross? Yup. But does it work? You bet. SOLD.

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator
$19.99, Amazon

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2. A safe, natural way to help baby breathe

For those times when full-on snot sucking isn’t required, we turn to saline spray for a quick, natural way to get the job done. (We also love to do a quick spray in each nostril prior to using the NoseFrida; it loosens things up and makes the whole shebang a lot more effective. Have we fully grossed you out yet? Excellent.)

Saline is great for loosening mucus and moisturizing nasal passages during cold, dry months, and it’s completely safe, even for newborns. We keep ours on the changing table at all times.

Little Remedies Saline Spray
$3.79; Amazon

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3. The best way to wipe that (eternally) runny nose

Let’s round out the boogie-busting trifecta with our third and final snot-busting item—soothing wipes. You’re going to be wiping a lot of runny noses over the coming years, mama. I know what you’re thinking... “Can’t I just use regular baby wipes for this?” And, yes, sure, you can. But these wipes are just better for runny noses.

They contain saline, which naturally helps to clean and dissolve boogers. They’re extra soft, moisturized with aloe and other natural ingredients to soothe skin, and come in a cute little resealable pouch that’s easy to throw into your diaper bag or purse. Watch out, boogers, here we come...

Boogie Wipes
$8.64 for a two-pack; Amazon

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4. An accurate way to take a temperature

We know that fevers (especially baby’s first fever) can truly feel so scary, but let’s take a deep breath and remember: fever is the body’s natural response to infection. It’s definitely not fun, but generally no cause for worry—but always reach out to your child’s pediatrician with questions or if something feels off to you. (We love the Parents’ Guide to Fevers infographic from the Cleveland Clinic for a quick and easy reference for all things fever, btw.)

Now that that’s out of the way... you’re going to need an accurate way to take baby’s temperature. Ear, forehead, and oral thermometers are great for older kiddos, but for little ones under a year, a rectal thermometer is the best and most accurate choice. (And if you’re worried about how to take a rectal temp, check out our free 4th Trimester Class—we’ll show you how!)

We’re obsessed with this digital, smartphone-compatible option—it’s accurate + easy to use, doesn’t require any batteries, affordable, and best of all keeps a record of its readouts and offers guidance on what to do next.

Kinsa Smart Stick Digital Thermometer
$14.99, Amazon

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5. A humidifier that’s easy to clean

When your little one is sick—or even when she isn’t, but it’s cold outside and there’s lots of dry air trapped inside your house—humidifiers can be a great solution. A cool mist humidifier adds moisture back into the air without adding heat, and can help with breathing or even to soothe a recurrent cough.

Humidifiers are prone to mold and notoriously tough to keep clean, though, which is why we love this model from Crane. It’s small, sleek + quiet, runs for 24 hours, and best of all is filter-free so you won’t have to worry about remembering to clean or change out a filter. One less thing to have to think about, mama!

Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
$49.99; Target

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6. Something soothing

For babies three months and older, an aromatic vapor rub like this one can be a soothing addition to a bedtime routine when your little one is fighting a cold. Made with organic eucalyptus + tea tree oil to help clear breathing and organic lavender and rosemary oils to help soothe + calm, we can’t (and won’t) claim any real science here, but anecdotally speaking we can say that this is by far our favorite rub for both its great smell and its all-natural ingredients.

We recommend rubbing a bit on your little one’s chest and on the bottoms of her feet right before bed. You may even want to steal some for yourself the next time you’re sick—it truly smells divine!

The Honest Company Organic Breathe Easy Rub
$8.54, Amazon

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7. How to treat a fever

Although it’s not always necessary to treat a fever—we recommend you call your pediatrician with any and all things medical, of course—they often make babies super fussy and an over-the-counter remedy can be helpful in making them more comfortable.

For babies three months and older, we’ve loved Infants’ Tylenol over the years for the temporary relief of fevers, aches and pains, and any other yucky side effects of a cold. As is the case with any medication, please talk to your pediatrician before administering, and be sure to ask about accurate dosing.

Infants’ Tylenol
$8.77, Amazon

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8. A fun way to re-hydrate

The last must-have on our list is better suited for older babies and toddlers, and can be a lifesaver when your little one is too sick to feel like eating or drinking very much. (Or in the case of the ever-dreaded stomach flu. ?)

These freezer pops are formulated with the optimal balance of sugar and electrolytes needed to help the body replenish fluids and minerals lost through dehydration. They’re way better than giving your kiddo juice or sports drinks, which are usually too high in sugar and too low in sodium. And best of all—your toddler will think they’re a treat!

Pedialyte Freezer Pops
$23.30 for a pack of two (32 pops total), Amazon

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As much as I love fall, it always feels like the season when my family's routine gets kicked into overdrive. With our oldest in (homeschool) kindergarten, my youngest on the brink of entering her twos, work, housework and *all the things* filling my day, it's hard not to feel a little overwhelmed sometimes. Did I mention we're still in a pandemic? (Yeah, it's a lot.) And while I try to take a positive view as much as I can, now more than ever I definitely jump at the chance to take anything off my busy plate.

One thing first in line at the chopping block? Cooking. To be fair, I like cooking. I cooked most of our meals long before I had ever even heard of social distancing. But there's something about the pandemic that suddenly made cooking every single meal feel exponentially more draining.

Enter Daily Harvest. They deliver nourishing, delicious food right to your door. Daily Harvest's mix of smoothies, bowls, flatbreads, snacks and more provide a balanced, whole food options that are as satisfying as they are nutritious. But my favorite part? When we're ready to eat, I simply pull the food from the freezer and it's ready in minutes—without any chopping, measuring or searching for a recipe. Even better, they're incredibly tasty, meaning I'm not struggling to get my girls to dig in. Not cooking has never felt so good.

Here are my 8 favorite products that are helping to lighten my load right now:

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

One thing that actually helps break up the monotony of quarantine? Trying and introducing new ingredients to my family. I love this overnight oat bowl (add milk the night before and let it set in your fridge overnight—easy-peasy!) because not only does it not compromise on nutrition, but it also helps me bring new whole fruits, vegetables and superfoods to the table with ease.

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

I kid you not, these taste exactly like a mint chocolate chip milkshake. (Just ask my 4-year-old, who is constantly stealing sips from my glass.) What she doesn't know? She's actually getting organic banana, spinach and chlorella with every sip. #momwin

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Our family's eating habits have been leaning more plant-forward this year, which often means a lot of veggie washing, peeling and chopping every time I cook. That's why these flatbreads are my new best friend come lunchtime. This Kabocha + Sage Flatbread is made with a gluten-free cauliflower crust topped with kabocha squash, fennel and sage for a taste of fall in every bite. (Missing the cheese? You can add it before baking for more of a pizza feel.)

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

There's something about the combination of sweet potato crust topped with red cabbage, organic greens and an herby-cilantro sauce that is so delicious… like surprisingly delicious. I polished off this bad boy in seconds! And unlike other "veggie" crusts I've tried, these are actually clean (AKA no fillers, preservations, partially-hydrogenated oil or artificial anything). Plus, it couldn't be easier to throw in the oven between conference calls and homeschool lessons.

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Any time I get to serve a breakfast that tastes like chocolate, it's a good day. (That goes double when it's *my* breakfast.) This rich, chocolatey smoothie is packed with organic zucchini, avocado, pumpkin seeds and pea protein for a nourishing mix of healthy fats and muscle-building protein so I can carry that baby all day long. And did I mention the chocolate?

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Maybe it's just me, but after a long week of cooking, the last thing I want to do on Saturday morning is...wake up and cook. That's why these one-step breakfasts are saving my weekend. I simply add our favorite milk the night before and store the bowl in the fridge overnight. Come morning, I have a nutritious chia bowl that powers me through even the busiest day of errands. It's also Instagram-ready, which makes me feel like I'm out brunching (even if I can't remember the last time I was in a restaurant).

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

My kids have turned into snack monsters during quarantine, and I'm often struggling to find a wholesome option (that doesn't require a lot of extra cooking or else I resort to something ultra-refined and shelf-stable). These bites are the hero I never knew I needed. For one, they taste like cookie dough, but they're actually packed with chickpeas, pumpkin, dates and flax seed (among other whole ingredients). But unlike actual cookie dough, I don't have to go anywhere near my mixer to whip them up—all I have to do is pull the container out of the freezer, let them defrost a bit and we can all enjoy a treat.

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Sometimes I have a little more time to cook, but I still want a quick, stress-free solution. (Especially because it always feels like I just cleaned up from the last meal.) I love these Harvest Bowls because they warm up in under five minutes on the stove top (or microwave!) but pack tons of flavor. The Cauliflower Rice + Pesto bowl is one of my favorites, with basil, olive oil and nutritional yeast for a hearty dish reminiscent of a mouth-watering Italian meal. When I'm feeling extra fancy, I add leftover grilled chicken or a fried egg.

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Who doesn't want to end the day with a little something sweet? This creamy and decadent frozen treat from Daily Harvest is swirled with sweet berries and tropical dragonfruit for an antioxidant burst you'll feel good about—but that your kiddos will just think is ice cream. Go ahead, take credit for being the best mom ever.

Want to try it yourself? You can get $25 off your first box of Daily Harvest with code MOTHERLY.

This article was sponsored by Daily Harvest. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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