Until recently, when I headed out and about with my toddler, I considered myself pretty prepared. Despite the occasional bout of mommy brain, my diaper bag was always stocked with essentials like diapers, wipes and extra clothes, and so, I thought I was ready to tackle any toddler-related surprises.
However, during a recent trip to Seattle, when my curious toddler ran into a brick wall outside a coffee shop and scraped her head, I realized I didn’t carry certain essentials with me. Call me naïve, but it hadn’t occurred to me to always have my diaper bag stocked with Band-Aids and first-aid cream.
So you don’t make the same mistake I did, today’s hint is to remember to have such first-aid essentials with you, whether in your diaper bag, purse, briefcase or backpack.
Back in Seattle, as my daughter’s forehead was bleeding, we ran into the coffee shop to see if they had a first-aid kit. Luckily, they did. But while the bandages they gave us worked great at covering my little one’s wound, their Neosporin was long expired.
“You always should have Band-Aids and Neosporin with you,” my younger brother wisely advised me as we all were comforting my daughter, and he was right. He’s also not the only one to advocate having a mini first-aid kit of sorts with you at all times.
Other sites noting that it’s a good idea to have such a kit with you include Baby Gizmo and BabyCenter, and you can find helpful how-tos for creating such kits over at Chicago CPR, Thrifty Fun, Thirty-One:10 and Prepping2Prep.
As for me, for the remainder of my family’s weekend away in Seattle visiting my brother, I carried my brother’s Neosporin and some of his extra Band-Aids around with me, and when my husband, daughter and I returned back to San Francisco, I made sure to stock my diaper bag with these essentials.
What first-aid products do you carry with you at all times, and what are your portable first-aid kit tips?