A baby’s first cold is a major milestone for both baby and mama. While you’ve stocked up on 10 different teething rings, perfected your swaddle and discovered your favorite white noise app, nothing quite prepares you for the heartache of seeing your little baby suffer through his or her first cold. There will be many (and unfortunately each will be just as sad as the first). Don’t worry you are not, I repeat, you are NOT a bad mom. It’s not uncommon for a baby to get up to seven colds in the first year, so be prepared. But make sure to confirm that it’s just a cold at your first sick visit…and consult with your own mom for the 15th time.

In addition to liquids (breast or bottle), a steam shower and a lot of love, here’s 5 things that have become cold-saving necessities in our household.


1. Humidifier
According to mayo clinic, my mom, probably your mom, and every other veteran mom you’ll come in contact with, humidifiers are known to kick a cold’s ass. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which helps ease coughing and congestion due to a cold. Warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air. But even on the days when your babe is perfectly healthy, there’s no need to try and hide an ugly humidifier in the closet — these Crane ones are ultra cute. Buy it here.

Badger Eucalyptus & Mint Chest Rub

2. Badger Eucalyptus & Mint Chest Rub
I can remember the smell of Vicks so clearly from my childhood. That stuff was powerful and definitely cleared my nose, but it kind of burned it as well. This eucalyptus chest rub by Badger is much gentler and safer for little ones but still gets the job done by soothing minor coughs, colds and stuffy noses. Buy it here.

Saline spray

3. Saline spray
According to baby expert Dr. Sears, the salt water solution in saline spray will help loosen the nasal secretions and stimulate baby to sneeze the mucus to the front of the nose. Gross, right? But helpful when you’re using the next item on our list… Buy it here.


4. NoseFrida
Plain and simple, babies can’t blow their noses, so you have to suck the snot out for them. Gross again, I know. We tried those bulb things but the Nosefrida is next level, meaning it actually works! And the packaging is über cute. Buy it here.

Boogie wipes

5. Boogie wipes
I remember receiving this product as part of a baby shower gift before Oliver was born and thinking “That is so dumb.” That is, until my kid got a cold, and tissues weren’t cutting it and wipes were too big. Who knew they were in fact genius? We like the unscented. Buy it here.

Do you have a Cold survival kit?

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