Brace yourselves, the cold and flu season is upon us. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), so far this season there have been at least 2.6 million flu illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 1,300 deaths from flu. There's no question that cold and flu season is terrible for everyone, but it's a special kind of miserable for mamas and their little ones. This season means more sick days, hundred of tissues, emergency stashes of chicken soup and a humidifier on rotation.
But this year, we've got you covered with the nine items you need to take some of the sting out of the sniffles:
1. Kinsa sesame smart ear thermometer
We know, we know; aren't all sick toddlers fussy? Thanks to the charming design of the Sesame Smart Ear Thermometer, you can have Elmo as your nurse as you diagnose your little one's illness. Even better, the Sesame Smart Ear features your child's favorite friends in the app. (And with a sick kid, you're going to need the pick-me-up too, mama.)
2. Earth Mama calming lavender baby lotion
When high temps hit your little one, reach for the Earth Mama calming lavender baby lotion to put them at ease. Made of a pure essential oil blend of organic vanilla and lavender, this lotion not only moisturizes babies of all ages, but it also aids in lulling them to sleep.
3. Munchkin the medicator
The medicator dispenses liquid medicine at a safe flow rate for baby that minimizes choking and coughing. The design bypasses taste buds so the chances of spitting are lessened for medicine that goes down easily. It also comes in a variety of colors, so you're sure to find something that pleases your picky toddler.
4. Crane drop humidifier
A humidifier that actually looks chic? We never thought we'd see the day. But the Crane Drop Humidifier does so much more than look cute perched on your baby's changing table. The ultrasonic cool mist technology increases moisture in the air for easier breathing (especially overnight), and clean control antimicrobial material in the base reduces mold and bacterial growth by over 99%. Those germs don't stand a chance.
Pro Tip: Prevent mineral build-up in the base by adding the Crane Demineralization Filter. Already seeing build-up? Clean it with a vinegar solution to keep your humidifier scum-free.
5. Babyganics chest rub
Bedtime with a cold rarely goes smoothly. Our solution? Smear a little of Babyganics' Cold Relief Chest Rub on your baby's chest and neck for a natural way to open stuffy nasal passages. The natural menthol formula has an almost instant effect—you might even want to steal it for yourself.
Pro Tip: Get a second tube to keep in your diaper bag. (Because stuffy noses rarely happen at home when you're prepared.)
6. Little Remedies saline mist
Odds are, you're not going to want to wrangle a baby and a traditional nasal passage irrigation system. (We know—that just sounds complicated!) Skip the mess and reach for this Sterile Saline Mist from Little Remedies. This gentle spray moisturizes dry or crusty nasal passages and flushes out excess mucus causing those sad little sniffles, all without any alcohol or harsh chemicals.
Pro Tip: Use this spray before attempting to remove mucus—the whole process will go much smoother.
7. FridaBaby nosefrida
We'd love it if every infant came equipped with the ability to blow their own nose, but alas, that duty is still left up to us. When your little one has the sniffles, ditch the outdated bulb syringe and opt for the award-winning NoseFrida, proudly referred to as The Snotsucker. The mechanics seem a little gross at first (yes, you are actually sucking the snot out of that little nose!), but trust us, it's worth it.
8. Babyganics vapor bubble bath
A warm bath is already one of the best ways to soothe a fussy, sick kid, but Babyganics Vapor Bubble Bath steps up the nurturing a notch by infusing their bubbles with natural menthol, eucalyptus and rosemary. And the non-allergenic formula won't irritate sensitive skin, so it's the perfect way to comfort littles with a cold.
Pro Tip: Feel like you're catching your baby's cold? Breathe deep while you bathe so you can soak up the menthol benefits too.
9. Boogie Wipes
Dissolve crusty boogers and mucus with ease with these soft wipes made with natural saline. Boogie Wipes feature spunlace technology for a gentler wipe on sensitive noses, as well as soothing chamomile, aloe, and vitamin E to treat raw skin with care. Throw a pack in your diaper bag to wipe up runny messes all cold + flu season long.
Pro Tip: Wipe in a downward motion to help remove those bad boys from baby's nose.