Sick Toddler Survival Kit + DIY Paper Plate Nurse Hat

What to keep in your sick toddler survival kit

Last week was like an out of body experience around here. Picture it: Sick baby, sick toddler, sick mom. It started with Zoe having an on and off fever for a few days. Then came the “mommy my ear hurts” complaints. Add a very fussy baby also with a fever, a terrible cough and actually tugging his ear. Now if that wasn’t enough, add a down for the count mom. Fever, unbelievable cough, limited ability to breath from my nose, a migraine and a random upset tummy accompanied by vomiting. All of this, all at once. Even I couldn’t believe it.

Sick Toddler Survival Kit 2

On day 3 of not feeling well, we took a trip to the doctor. We each went home with a 10 day prescription plus instructions on managing fever & pain, staying hydrated and to get plenty of rest. You know that whole plenty of rest thing didn’t happen for this sick mama bear. But I nursed (the baby literally), Zoe and myself back to health. It wasn’t easy but with the help of family, friends and my sick toddler survival kit for Zoe, we are back in action. 

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Moms, you do have a sick toddler survival kit of fun and necessities, right? If not, I’ve got you covered. I keep a basket of fun handy because sometimes I need Zoe to entertain herself while I care for Baby E. On sick days, it is the best thing ever. A sick toddler can be fun when you have your basket ready. 


    • Phone 
      • I keep track of temperature checks and medication times plus I set alerts for next dosage.


    • Prescriptions (if prescribed by doctor)


  • Children’s Advil® 
    • We use children’s ibuprofen to help bring down Z’s fever and to help manage pain. I picked the sugar free and dye free berry flavor because she loves the taste and I love the reduced amount of anything artificial being added.   Of course this means fast relief for Z and is also a relief for me. I follow our doctor’s orders for dosage. 
  • Thermometer
    • I love our forehead thermometer because it is usually pretty accurate, I can use it without disturbing a sleeping child (seriously) and it keeps track of the last temperature reading. Of course I jot everything down in my phone. Crazy mom status!

Sick Toddler Survival Kit

Sick Toddler Survival Kit


  • Lovie dolls, blankie & pillow
  • Craft Project

Sick Toddler Survival Kit

  • Coloring Supplies 
    • When your big baby is a mini Picasso, it’s all good. 
  • Ice Pops 
    • For me these are little miracle workers. Some how they stop toddler whining in it’s tracks.  Keep them in the freezer of course. 

Sick Toddler Survival Kit

  • Movie & Games
    • Ok so it’s the remote in our kit or we whip out the tablet. Let’s just say I know all the words to Annie now. Z even managed a little dance and a few chords. 
  • DIY Nurse Hat
    • The queen of dress up loved wearing this hat while she was sick. Pretending to be a nurse or doctor is fun and distracts her from any discomfort she is feeling. Use these instructions to make your own: 

DIY Paper Plate Nurse Hat


White paper plate, felt, glue, scissors, string and embellishments if your tot insists.

How to make a DIY Paper Plate Nurse Hat

Fold paper plate in half.

DIY Paper Plate Nurse Hat 2

Use scissor to make small holes then string a doubled piece of string through the holes and tie. 

DIY Paper Plate Nurse Hat 3

Cut strips of felt to form cross and blue line.

Paper Plate Hat instructions.

Use glue (regular will work but of course we have felt glue on hand) to add cross. 

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Glue on blue line. 

Paper Plate Hat instructions.

Add embellishments as per toddler instructions. 

Paper Plate Hat instructions.

Tie hat on and snap a cute pic or two. 

Paper Plate Hat instructions.

This is an easy craft to make with your toddler as your assistant. Another great distraction during those sick moments. 

Sick Toddler Survival Kit

How do you keep your toddler happy when they are sick? Share your favorite tips with me.

How to make a paper plate nurse hat craft.

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  • Reply
    November 25, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    I am so glad y’all are back in the game. Being sick is such a time suck especially being a mom. Once you get better it’s like catching up on emails after you’ve been out of work. It seems like it takes weeks just to get back in the groove of everything.

    I love the craft you did. That is so creative, I would’ve never thought of that. Kiss the babies!

    • Reply
      M J
      November 27, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      Girl it’s been rough. I still feel behind. As for the craft. Whatever makes the tot feel better and stops the whining that comes with being two! Whew. Sometimes I don’t know which is worse.

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    November 25, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    What a cute sick day craft! This would definitely put a smile on my face if I wasn’t feeling well too! #client

    • Reply
      M J
      November 27, 2015 at 1:40 PM

      Thank you Kelly. Crafting during sick time has definitely helped with the road to recovery.

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    December 7, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Cute craft! I am so not ready for the germs. I’m supposed to be taking time off this winter so they won’t completely shake my world. Hey, we have the same lovie doll! We have the leopard print. Where’d you get Zoe’s? I want to get a second one.

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      M J
      December 7, 2015 at 5:20 PM

      Hey Sheena. Man oh man as I type it looks like we are all on the sick show again. Sigh, I need some new vitamins around here. The little lovie was a gift but I do believe her godmother got it from Marshall’s. The bigger doll is from Pottery Barn Kids. They have cute smaller ones there too.

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