Saturday, November 19, 2011

Emergency Preparedness Planning for Infants and Children

Liquid Formula for my Baby's Disaster Supplies Kit
Disasters and emergencies can be stressful to anyone but more so when you have people besides yourself to look after, especially young children. 

When planning your disaster supplies kit, it is wise to consider what will make your life easier having children if such an event were to occur.

 My baby is exclusively breastfed. So when I was putting together our kits, I initially was going to just put all of her stuff in mine since I figured I would have her with me. I wasn't worried about food since I figured I would just feed her.

But then I remembered that under extreme stress it is very possible for your body to stop supplying milk. I can't really think of a more stressful situation then trying to deal with the aftermath of a disaster. Adding to that the possibility I wouldn't be able to feed her is more than I would want to handle.

Or, what if I was separated from my baby or something happened to me? I would want someone to be able to look after her. So I decided to make her her own kit that could be kept with her. I then saw these boxes of prepared formula for an amazing deal on amazon so I picked up a few.

I love them! I'm super frugal so I wouldn't ever use these everyday. But they are perfect for emergencies. The formula comes in 8 2oz bottles where you just have to take off the lid and pop on the nipple that comes included in the box. 

Before I bought the liquid formula, I had cans of powdered formula in her kit. They were a great option too. They were the sample cans the formula companies send you after you have a baby so I didn't have to pay for them. The only downside was that besides the formula, I had to pack water to mix it with and a bottle so it took up a lot more room in her pack. 

Some other things that you may want to include in a disaster supplies kit for your infant include:
  • Diapers and Wipes (these can be used for washing hands and bottles)
  • Baby Food and Snacks, bibs and spoons
  • Water
  • Clothes
  • Favorite Blanket (It's a good idea to buy 2 of something that your child loves just incase something happens to the 1st one)
  • Bottles with disposable liners (if you don't have prepared liquid) or dish soap and bottle brush
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Medication
  • Bath towel
  • Pacifier
  • Immunization Records
  • Toys
Hopefully these tips are useful in planning for you infant in case disaster strikes. Do whatever you can, something is better than nothing.









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