How to Avoid a 5 a.m. Trip to the Pharmacy Heather Hopson April 10, 2013 Baby, Dear Diary, Toddler 1 Comment Dear Diary, Motherhood changed me. I now put a little person’s needs in front of my own. I do things I don’t feel like doing. I muster an ounce of energy when I would rather fall asleep on the couch. I spend more time dressing my daughter in the morning and less time caring about what I wear to work. Motherhood makes me an unselfish person. But it hasn’t changed another area of my life. I don’t prepare for the worse. That led to a 5 a.m. trip to the grocery store. Recently, my daughter spent the week with her father, who forgot to send back her medicine. Because she’s teething, I planned ahead and bought an infant pain reliever and fever reducer for her aunt and grandmother to keep at their homes . I sent my bottle on a road trip,but it never made it back home. When she woke up in the middle of the night, I was irate at her dad. Then I realized I should be mad at myself. Not that he shouldn’t send things back but because I should prepare for the worse. As I sleep walked through the empty aisles, I thought about how to avoid this crack of dawn drive in the future. Stocking up on the list below will prevent late night shopping trips, tantrums and teething troubles. 1. Buy Two Bottles Even though you only need one bottle of medicine now, when it runs out you’ll need to buy another. Stock your medicine cabinet, because typically you child will get sick at an inconvenient time. A chest cold may strike at 3 a.m. during a snow storm. 2. Pack Two Outfits You probably pack an extra outfit in case your little one makes a mess and needs a wardrobe change. But what if your baby is ill and needs to be changed more than once? During my aunt’s birthday luncheon, a stomach virus struck my daughter and she changed clothes twice before we paid our bill. 3. Bring Two Blankies My daughter is in love with her pick elephant blankie. Despite a torn ear, she snuggles with the soft “bee-ga,” as she calls it, when she’s sleepy. Sometimes she drops the blanket or spills her milk on it, so I try to pack an extra one 4. Purchase Two of Everything Stock up on items you know you’ll purchase again. Pedialyte lasts for at least two years, so pick up an extra bottle in case diarrhea or dehydration hits. When infants and toddlers are ill, they typically lose their appetites. So stock up on easily digestible foods, like applesauce. Hey DFTM members, what extra items are in your medicine cabinets and diaper bags? http://www.janeanesworld.com Janeane Davis These are all really good tips. I remember learning these things the hard way! Hopefully you can save someone a big headache.