Medical Must-Haves


Keeping track of essential medical information is a key job for moms. But it's not always easy, especially if you are new at this gig or have multiple kids. I'm going to share two ideas that make AMAZING shower gifts for expecting moms. First, let's talk about the Baby Meds Basics. ($35). This is a small booklet that guides any adult through an emergency situation with baby. Topics include: CPR, Choking, Fever, Bleeding, Burns and Poison. It is well-constructed, sturdy and gives detailed illustrations. The idea comes from RN, Tara Summers Hermann. When her son was choking at lunch (he's fine...she knew what to do), Tara had her "aha" moment. I tracked her down to get some advice.

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What's the best advice you would give a new mom?
I totally believe the more you know the less you worry. There is an unmistakable sense of peace that accompanies preparedness. If you have a question about your baby, about being a mom, how to do something.... ask it. Not satisfied with the answer? Research it. Still not good with it? Research who you should be asking.

How did you dream up this product?
We've all heard many times that accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. For years I secretly believed I was somehow exempt from this. That belief unraveled when my first son Nicholas choked one day at lunch. I stood in front of my silent and cyanotic toddler in disbelief. Luckily because of my training as a RN I knew to give him the Heimlich Maneuver. After several tries a soft piece of potato came out of his mouth, he started coughing and I started crying. This day changed my life forever. I could never again believe that "these things" don't happen to me. When I took that thought one step further I realized these things could also happen to my babysitter or my parents, they could happen at the park or on an airplane. It became clear to me that part of loving my baby was knowing what to do during emergencies and making sure everyone who cares for him does the same.

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Where do you do go for parenting advice?
I love, love, love that I live in the day and age of Mom Blogs! Of course I still talk, laugh and sometimes cry with my girlfriends about parenting issues but honestly I find the support of an online community to be an invaluable resource.

And as far as organizing records, I just received a new product from Knock Knock Medical Organizer ($16.67). It's perfect for any mom with a child battling allergies or other medical issues that involve many doctor visits and detailed records. Don't rely on the hospitals to keep track of your child's records--it's up to you to stay on top of it!

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