Emergency Prepper Tips for Babies Babies have unique needs. These needs must be met, even during a crisis situation. Here are some tips for preparing an emergency kit for babies:
- Formula – Even if your baby is breastfed, exclusively, your kit should include formula for your baby. During an emergency, many women go through stress. Some even become dehydrated. Both of these factors can affect a mother's ability to breastfeed. Be sure to store formula with a long shelf life, such as canned formulas or powdered formula.
- Diapers – It's always wise to store extra diapers, just in case. Emergency preparedness experts recommend cloth diapers for emergency kits. They take up less storage space than boxes of disposable diapers. They can also be washed out by hand to be re-used over and over again.
- Clothing – Your storage should contain full outfits for each baby to last three or more days. It's best to store various sizes, just in case your baby goes through a growth spurt after your kit has been put together.
- Baby Medication – As you know, your baby can't take medications made for adults. During a disaster, your baby may feel your stress. This could lead to minor colds, allergies, even stomach aches. Be sure you have baby-grade medications stored just in case your baby gets sick during an emergency.
- Baby Carrier – As soon as a crisis hits, your first instinct will be to grab your baby. In a matter of seconds, you'll realize that you need to grab many other things, such as your emergency kits. It will be much easier to handle all of this at once if you can simply attach your baby to your body and keep moving. Have a convenient carrier ready for this purpose. Then, your hands will be free to grab other things as you and your baby run out the door.
- Emergency Food – Children
can be notorious for being picky eaters. In a crisis situation, this
can become a very serious problem. If your emergency
storage is filled with foods your child doesn't like, they may
refuse to eat any of it. This can cause malnutrition, low-energy,
low-blood sugar, and various other health risks. Be sure to store
foods that your children actually enjoy eating. This will ensure
that they get the vitamins, minerals and caloric intake they need to
stay healthy during the crisis.
- Entertainment – Many
parents may not feel like entertainment is essential during an
emergency. However, a major tragedy can cause stress in children.
Having entertainment that can help them escape from the stress
caused by the disaster can help them maintain mentally. A good
prepper should store a variety of games and puzzles, as well as
other forms of entertainment for children.