DIY Baby Pharmacy & A Medication Storage Tip

This is probably one of only a select few  DIY projects you will ever find on this blog.  It’s National Poison Prevention week in case you missed my boring informative post from Monday :).   It was more for my Mommy friends and so is today!  Trust me, it benefits everyone though.  In keeping with Poison Prevention week, I thought I’d share one of my favorite gifts to give.

Almost three summers ago while I was awaiting these two to enter the world…

Rx Fitness Lady Boy

Rx Fitness Lady Baby

I was frustrated because it’s always hard for me to pick out baby shower gifts.

Auntie Joi

La Tia

God Mommy Joi…

is so practical and always likes giving gifts that can actually be used. Later for all that fru fru stuff…leave that to their Grandparents who usually SPOIL THE CRAP OUT OF THEM, get them lots of cute and pretty things.

I was noticing that Mothers were always coming in the pharmacy at odd times of night because a new mommy is not playing about her baby.

Baby Pharmacy


They would be looking for different items.  I thought, how convenient would it be for them to already have the most needed items on hand the first time they ever needed it.  Thus came the idea for this baby pharmacy.

PFL DIY Baby Pharmacy

Every new Mother since has gotten the same gift from me (tailored for their baby of course).  I have gotten nothing but appreciative comments and compliments on this VERY practical DIY Baby Pharmacy.

Rx Fitness Lady Baby Pharmacy

Rx Fitness Lady Baby Pharmacy Contents


Preston's Baby Pharmacy Pix




What You Need

  • Plastic Storage (Shoe box) Container
  • Stickers*autocollants of letters and any baby themes you want to incorporate (Craft Stores, Superstores, & Dollar Stores) Theme sticker examples – Doctor or Nurse, Sports, Dance, cheer leading etc….anything for kids or if the parents like something in particular, you can throw some of those stickers on the outside of the box.
  • Shred Basket Filler like what’s in Easter Baskets (optional – I get it year round from the $ Store)
  • Infants’ TYLENOL®
  • Infants’ MOTRIN® Concentrated Drops
  • Infants’ MYLICON® Drops – This one seems to be the favorite
  • Little Noses® Saline Spray/Drops
  • Vicks® BabyRub
  • A+D Diaper Rash Ointment & Skin Protectant
  • Glycerin Infant Suppositories
  • JOHNSON’S® travel size Baby; Lotion, Oil, Shampoo, and Powder
  • Decorative Band-Aids
  • Nasal Aspirator
  • Different size medicine syringes droppers
  • Thermometer

I don’t have children yet but I choose the ingredients based off my frequently asked questions from the pharmacy.  Wherever you shop, THE STORE BRAND IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE NAME BRAND!  I always give store brand from my pharmacy to ease the apprehension of a new Mommy to do so!  This gift can get as pricy as you desire, so choose ingredients wisely based on your budget.


Directions  – Level of Difficulty – EXTREMELY TOUGH 😉

Put it all together and decorate the outside.

It’s a plus if you know the baby’s first name.



Real quick tip on that whole Poison Prevention week thing, store your medications in a cool and dry place.  That does not equal the cabinet beside/above the stove or the bathroom cabinets.

That’s why I love the baby pharmacy.  You have a nice cool and dry box to store the medications and you can place it up high where the children can’t reach it when they are older (like in the closet).  You can leave it out for décor during the infant stages.


These are so much fun to make and I love giving gifts that people don’t really think of and that Mothers genuinely appreciate.



I don’t want the gift to ever be used, but unfortunately, that is part of life. To date…there are several kiddos in the Baby Pharmacy Hall of Fame.  Here are a few more who’s Mothers chose to share with me for today’s post.







All of my little guys are growing up. My Mother loves boys.  Hopefully I can join my girls and have a boy one day…but I secretly want a girl 🙂

*Please consult your pediatrician for dose before using Over-the-Counter medications for your infant/child under the age of 2 years old* Always note my disclaimer in the sidebar.


Rx Fitness Lady Wants to Know…

  • Where do you currently store your medications?
  • If you have children, what is the Baby Pharmacy Item that you would/would have used the most?
  • Do you like my God Mommy monikers? I know La Tia is “the aunt” in Spanish but somehow I can’t imagine my God Son calling me God Mommy Joi like the girls. 


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Greetings, I'm Joi, a Pharmacist with a passion for fitness & a community leader. I teach BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, Tabata Boot Camp, & serve as a mentor to young girls. My goal is to inspire people to live healthy, active, & prosperous lifestyles through practical blog posts deliveries. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. You can view more post and subscribe to stay tuned to latest updates at Rx Fitness Lady.

108 thoughts on “DIY Baby Pharmacy & A Medication Storage Tip

  1. Um. Best. Idea. Ever. Seriously!!! I love this! Why didn’t you come to MY baby shower?! I am going to do this for BOTH my kids. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we have run out of something—–at 11pm at night. This is perfect to have (and to store because Lord knows medicine just gets “lost” around my house) for anytime anywhere.
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  2. My, God. YOU. ARE. A. GENIUS!
    What mom doesn’t want (and need) that. AND it’s got the storage built in so they can always find what they need. I don’t have babies and I want one of those right now for different things. One tub for cuts and scrapes…one for fevers…one for colds.

    I seriously cannot love this more. This is all I’m ever giving to new moms from now until the end of time.

    I’m pinning this immediately. SO AWESOME. –Lisa
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    • Yes Lisa, I’ve got one for myself too. It’s not decorated though, lol. Genius is flattering, lol…just a tad bit of creativity. We may have 1 or 2 at the most more DIYs on this here blog.

  3. Ok, so post by post you are quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers! Thanks for this idea. I am a lover of a good conventional gift. I like gifts that I can actually use(probably because I am anit-hoarding and thus do not want extra stuff around the house). Thank you for listing all of the otc meds a baby may need. What a great idea for the next shower I attend. You are la tia with the best idea. 😉
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    • What a feel good comment! I too am a picky gift receiver…I know that’s tactlessly ungrateful, but I just don’t like junk!

  4. Wow! What a helpful idea. It really does save lots of late night pharmacy runs. This is my first time on your blog and am wowed by content really!
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  5. Baby pharmacies are so cool! That’s an awesome gift that I’d love to have if the good lord upstairs will bless me with a husband and a baby. OH HOW I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT DAY TO COME. But somebody else is going to have to make them because RxFitnessLady will have way too many other resposibliities for her neice or nephew.

  6. Yes ,girl! Gifts like this are ever so useful. When my kids were babies, I loved practical gifts. Whenever, someone would ask what I wanted, I would always request practical gifts. Great post! I enjoyed looking at your photos.

  7. Great Idea always give what is definitely needed. I store my medicines on the 3rd shelf I can’t even reach it without a stool so I know the kids can’t get to it for now. When they get older I will have to change that up.
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  8. What a great ideal!!! I laughed when I read the baby was blinking to much…lol, being a nurse of the lil ones I get it all the time. Working night is great in that aspect, I get to do my job! But, I understand and you are right Mommy’s do not play. Every time one of my clients cough mom wants to send them to the hospital. Those lil fellows are handsome!!
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    • Ha Margaret! So glad you could relate. I am always secretly amused by their concern and moved by their new found love!

  9. This makes so much more sense than a gift that would probably ending being returned or left in the back of the closet. I was definitely one of those new mothers that rang the Dr’s. office every time my little one got sick. I once took my son to the emergency room for a nose bleed!! Like you mentioned, you hope that the contents of the box wouldn’t be needed, but unfortunately it’s a reality. I know your friends and family appreciate the gifts so much more knowing that they are pharmacist approved!!!

    PS. Your email shows as “no-reply” blogger? So, I can’t email a response to your comment! I would love to be able to thank you for stopping by! To change this, go to your blogger dashboard, click “edit user profile”, then check “show my email address” and save!
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    • Brandi, this is the 3rd time someone has told me this in the past 2 weeks. I thought I fixed that earlier in the week. Let me go at it again. Thanks for letting me know. So glad you approved of my little DIY post 🙂

  10. This is absolutely a great gift idea. I hate shopping for baby shower gifts and I hate doing the whole registry thing. I always want to do something different, but can’t get the right thing. I’m going to try this for my next shower. Someone in my family is always having a baby. 🙂

    Love the pics of the cuties! Adorable.

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  11. Joi, the RX baby gift is definitely a hit! I love that gift. Boys are needed in our family!!! That is no secret! For real though , a grand child would be a priceless gift to me regardless of the gender! Gmommy will be just fabulous !!!

  12. That is a very thoughtful gift! Thank God that my little girl is rarely sick so I don’t usually make any midnight runs to the pharmacy. Double thank the Lord that my hubby works at the pharmacy and can make any recommendations and runs for me. Your gift is the BOMB though!
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    • Thanks Andrea! It is nice to have a hubs that you can send and knows what he’s looking for. I feel so sorry for the ones that come in and are getting blessed out over the cell phone from the Misses bc they are not listening/got the wrong thing, lol.

  13. It’s not just mom’s who need this! Whenever I know my grandkids are coming over I check all the supplies (the one’s you listed) to make sure I have them, they have not expired, etc.

    I store all my medications in a plastic container in the hall closet outside the bedrooms. Up as high as I can reach (I know that’s not very far but still higher than a 4 year old can reach). No medicines in the bathroom! Do I pass the test?

    Your God Mommy monikers are cute….but not as cute as those boys!
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    • Hi Miranda! What a nice compliment. I hope you enjoy putting together the gift when you get a chance. I will be over to visit you as well.


  14. Oh my, what a GREAT idea! I love it! I will be tucking this away for my next baby shower. And your nephews are precious!! Thanks for sharing this idea!


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  16. That’s what I LOVE about you girl…ALWAYS keeping us informed and giving us great ideas! Thank you! I’ve got a baby shower coming up and this is the PERFECT gift idea! 🙂 Thanks so much lady and thanks for linking up this week!! Have a wonderful week!!!
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    • Thank you for the LOVE Michell. Glad you liked the baby shower gift. I love your link up & look forward to it weekly!


  17. This is such a great idea! I don’t have anything in the way of baby medicine (I do have a thermometer and a few other kings) so I will stock up. I may have to use this in the future for a shower gift 🙂

    Ps your godson(s?) not sure if the other little guy is a newphew, are adorable!!
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    • Thx girl, it’s a little of everything…I love them all the same!

      Wishing you well over the next few weeks and hopefully you won’t have to use any of the meds anytime soon, but if you do…you’ll be stocked 🙂

    • Michelle, you’re so flattering, lol! I love making these, so glad you like it. You are bound to have a shower or two pop up eventually and I hope you’ll give it a try!

    • I have mama’s just like that all too frequent! I should start promoting this post to my pregnant patients. Thank you for stopping Melissa!


    • Yes, me too! I was overwhelmed with baby showers and not enjoying the shopping process. These are so fun to make & I think it’s a bonus when it comes from me but I think it’s a great gift for anyone to give. Thanks Bev for stopping by for my SITS day!

  18. This is an AMAZING idea!!! Really, it is. Whoever thinks to give medicine for the baby shower? But you’re so right, it’s something that is definitely needed! I’m a Mommy Blogger and I will most definitely be sharing this idea with people the first chance I get to make one (which should be within a few month since I’ve got several friends who are pregnant)! SN: Those babies are so cute I can’t stand it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and Happy SITS Day!
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    • Awh, Thanks so much Kendra. I linked this post just for you all. I see so many mom bloggers on SITS so I figured, give them something they will use. Thanks so much for visiting Kendra!


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  20. That is a very good idea! As a mother of 3 small children, I know how very frustrating it is for your baby to get sick and not have the meds on hand that you need or not be able to find them. Knowing that you everything that you need in one place for your baby is a great comfort!
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    • Thanks Allison! I try to give practical gifts and I so hope they never get used but usually they do. Thx for visiting.


  21. Seriously. You are a freaking genius! This is the perfect shower gift. I so wish I had a box like this as a new mom. Even if I didn’t know what the stuff was for at first, it would have saved me so many trips later on. I am so starting a box for my sister who is pregnant and expecting in October! Love this!

    Oh, and Happy SITS Day! 🙂
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    • Lol, I appreciate the compliment Jennifer. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing this post the other day! Please come back again 🙂


    • I don’t know Alli, but you didn’t have to..that’s why we love blogging 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by First Lady 😉


    • Good luck to the hubs with his studies and people will think this is too cute coming from him 🙂 Thanks for visiting Stephanie. As if it would ever happen, tell your husband to check out some of my pharmacy posts, lol.


  22. I am so glad I came across this post because I have a friend who’s getting ready to,bring her baby boy,Aiden into the world in two months. I love DIY projects and babies and this mixes them both. I’m Jennice visiting from SITS!!!

    • Hi Jennice! Thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll consider making one…they are so fun to make and they still the show at ALL baby showers, I promise 😉


    • Well Kelly, Thanks for sharing. I have been trying to figure out a consistent first bday gift as well. I may adopt that. Thanks for visiting.


  23. Hi there!! Stopping over from the DWP blog party! This is a very cute and useful idea for a baby shower. I am always at a loss or what to give people at baby showers. I always want them to have things that they can use….but one can only give so many diapers lol. I don’t have any children of my own so I want to make one of these for my self!!! I am definitely pinning this post to my Pinterest baby board!

    • Awh, thanks so much for the pin Kathryn. You will probably not be a repeater gift with this one, unless of course they are readers of PFL 🙂 Thanks so much for partying with me through DWP!


  24. Hi it’s a pleasure to be here from the DWP Blog party to show my love and support to you and your blog for even g=bigger success. This is a very informative post. So much great ideas. My children are all grown into young ladies but I have been blessed with 2 grand babies 1boy/1girl both 7 months. The most frequent things that I’ve seen purchased for them thus far are desitin ointment, anbesol gel, and baby Panadol. I’ve seen them give a lot of stuff to others for there baby shower like clothing, diapers etc. This is worth sharing with them for the ideas.
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    • Sweet! You are 1 of only a few who answered that question. Thanks for the feedback Yvonne and for the visit. You are truly blessed with the offspring 🙂


  25. I love all the great ideas as well.

    My son is almost 7 so I really don’t remember all the baby items that he had when he was younger. I remember Destin among a few other things. I have a cabinet in my kitchen where I keep all the medicine, etc.
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    • Thanks for sharing that Candace. I hope that cabinet is not close to the stove my friend. Thanks for visiting for the party! I hope you’ll come back soon.


    • TWINS! That’s amazing! You get to make two boxes I guess, lol! Thank you for your kind words. I feel the same way about you and your awesome blog!

    • Good for you on checking those expiration dates! Several people call me after the fact talking about they gave their child or themselves something outdated.

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