Severe weather is upon us and everyone needs to be prepared! Most people know that they could survive with what they have on if dangerous weather were to hit, but have you seriously thought about your infant or child and how they would handle the situation?
Our jobs as parents is obviously to keep our children safe and comfortable. During an emergency, it is one of the most critical things you can do. Things will be different for awhile and giving them some kind of comfort and peace is crucial.
Please watch the video below to find out what I put in my infant emergency kit! This particular kit is made for an infant under 6 months. I have also listed out everything below so that you have a visual to follow along with and refer back too!
In the case of an emergency, having your hands free is going to be the best option. Using a wrap/sling/carrier is going to allow you to be able to freely move around while your infant is securely strapped too you. It may be days before you are really able to get the help you need and having your hands free allows for an easier time walking or climbing your way out of somewhere. Also it will give your baby a sense of security to be close to you. It should bring about a sense of calm when a fussy baby is in an overwhelming situation.
I packed 2 blankets in my bag, a heavier one and a lighter one. You can use these, obviously, to keep them warm but also for a place to lay them down or even as a shield from the sun. Two should be enough to hold you over for a few days as we want this bag to be as light as possible.
3. Burp Rag
This could be optional to you, but if your baby spits up a lot or if you have an oversupply and need to use it for nursing, a burp rag can come in handy!
4. Changing Pad
I got some disposable pads from the hospital after her birth and thought they would be useful for something so I kept them! Turns out they make great changing pads for your little when you don’t have another option. Lay a blanket down and lay one of these on top, change them, and then either dispose of it or keep it to reuse. Another great option is the reusable changing pad covers. I bought a cheap pack of 3 from Babies ‘R Us and we use them all the time! They roll up small and don’t take up a lot of space.
Obviously, you are going to need quite a few diapers to last a several days. I packed about 25 diapers in my emergency kit. I figured about 8 diapers per day times 3 would get me 24 diapers, round up to 25 and thats what I got!
I packed 2 pants and 3 onesies along with 2 sleepers! Another great option would be to pack some one-piece outfits like I mentioned in the video! They are easy to roll up and pack as they don’t require multiple pieces.
I packed 3 socks in my bag to make sure we had enough to use not only as socks but also as mittens!
9. Bath Wash
I packed some baby wash to make sure, if need be, we could wash off her face or body.
I packed 3 little thin washcloths that can be used for washing or as a cool cloth during the hot months!
If you formula feed make sure to pack a can of formula or the pre-mixed bottles that have the separate nipples. If you pack the pre-mixed bottles make sure you bring enough for around 3 days. You will also need bottles of water. You can either pack those in the baby’s bag or your bag!
Having some infant Tylenol on hand in case something were to arise is always a good idea! Better to have a comfortable baby than a fussy one!
13. Diaper Rash Cream
A small sample tube that you can get from the Pediatrician’s office works great for this bag as it should last you for more than 3 days.
14. Hand Sanitizer
I packed a small bottle of sanitizer to make sure I can clean your hands after diaper changes and so forth!
15. Breast Pads
For nursing mothers, make sure to pack some disposable nursing pads to keep you dry and comfortable for a few days.
16. Plastic Gallon Size Bags
I packed 3 of these to make sure I had a place to keep dirty clothes and to keep clothes dry as well.
17. Health Records
I keep her book of health records with me at all times. It includes her immunization records in case they were needed.
Having a backpack ensures that you can carry all of this easily on your back. It is better than a normal bag to ensure you can be hands free!
The number one most important thing to have is a carseat. If you cannot grab anything else, grab the carseat. In case of tornado, strap baby into it, put the bar up, throw a pillow over the carseat, if need be (obviously being careful not to suffocate), and hold on!
20. Pacifier Clip & Pacifier
The last thing I forgot to mention in the video is an extra pacifier and a pacifier clip. A clip will ensure that you don’t loose track of it and helps keep it clean!
These are the top things that will safely fit into your bag and still be light enough to carry around for awhile!
I hope you enjoyed the Vlog (Video Blog), I look forward to doing more. I think it is a great way to connect and let you see the person behind the computer!
Do you have anything that is in your infant emergency bag that you think I should put into mine? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!