From hurricane season to tornado season, to earthquakes on the west coast — you should have an emergency kit for the family nearby in case the unforeseeable should occur. Because babies require a lot more in the first year of their life, putting an emergency kit together and updating it every couple of months could help alleviate some of the panic that occurs when emergencies happen. Here are the basics every baby emergency kit needs.
This one is at the top of the list because it’s important to your baby’s livelihood. Even if you’re breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to have a small container of formula in case your supply is low, which can sometimes happen in circumstances that cause high levels of stress. Make sure you’re periodically checking the expiration date on the formula in case you need to swap it out for a newer one.
As a heads up, you may need to go through a little trial and error when it comes to picking out baby formula as each baby is different and some formulas can cause your baby to have an upset stomach. If you are breastfeeding, you may want to pick up a small container next time you’re at the grocery store and test it with your baby to find one ahead of time that your baby likes.
Diapers and wipes
Having a week’s supply of diapers can really help in disastrous times. Even if you’re not using cloth diapers, having some aio cloth diapers can really be a lifesaver if your grocery stores need to remain closed or you can’t leave your house. If you’ve never used cloth diapers before, buy a pair so you can get the hang of it and become a pro if the time should come.
There are times you need to keep your baby close, not just for your peace of mind, but also to keep your baby calm. A baby holder or wrap can help you do both while you handle tasks that you need both hands for such as getting your other kids ready to head out or loading them up in the car.
Items such as gum wipes, baby toothbrushes, lotions, diaper creams, and baby soap can all be found in travel sizes and can hold you over for a few days if needed. Along with these hygiene items, make sure you also add any teething relieving cream, teethers, or pain reliever if your baby is teething or maybe in the future. Check the expiration dates periodically to make sure they’re safe to use when you need them.
Change of clothes
Because a baby could have a blowout at any time, it’s smart to have a few extra outfits for your baby in their emergency kit. You should have enough outfits for about 3-4 days in case water needs to be shut off or you have to unexpectedly leave your home. Keeping it simple with onesies won’t take up too much space and is a lot easier to work with during an emergency.
Keep in mind that if your baby has special medications, a favorite binky, or blanket they can’t sleep or be without, have those items close by. Or add them to a checklist and keep it in your emergency kit so you can double check you have everything you need.