9 Must-Haves For Infants in Emergency Situations
When families are left with limited water, power and resources during a natural disaster or emergency, it’s important to have prepared supplies not only for you, but also infant-specific for your baby’s needs.
In emergency situations when you’re left with limited water, power and resources, it’s important to have prepared supplies not only for your family, but also supplies specific to your infant’s needs. In addition to your standard supplies, here are nine essential items to pack in your emergency preparedness kit in case of a natural disaster or emergency situation.
1. Infant FormulaFormula is convenient when safe water is not accessible and in some cases it does not require water to prepare. Ready-to-feed formula is a safe, science-supported, nutritious, and recommended nourishment for infants who are not exclusively fed breast milk. Infant formulas are the most highly regulated food and are carefully quality-controlled and manufactured to the highest industry and government standards.
*Note, RTU (ready to use) or RTF (ready to feed) formulas should not be diluted but concentrate liquid MUST be diluted.
2. Baby WaterHave baby water on hand to prepare formula and to wash baby’s bottles. Baby water is sterile and safe for your infant.
3. MedicationPack any medication, vitamins or supplements your infant may need.
4. Battery Packed CoolerIn power outages this can be used for frozen and refrigerated breast milk, as well as any medication baby may need. Note, frozen breast milk will stay safe for about a day if left in the freezer with the door closed.
5. Sanitizing WipesIf safe water is not available, or you’ve had to leave your home, sanitizing wipes and anti-bacterial lotion can come in handy when handling your baby and preparing your baby’s bottles.
6. DiapersPack extra diapers, wipes and a sealable container to store used diapers in a sanitary way.
7. Disposable BottlesIn situations when water is limited, have a week’s worth of disposable nipples, bottles and liners in addition to your baby’s normal bottles. This reduces the amount of cleaning and helps conserve water.
8. Clothes and ToysWhen parts of your home are not accessible or you have to leave your home, have extra clothing and your baby’s favorite toy to comfort them.
9. Wireless Phone ChargerHave a wireless phone charger for power outages or when you’re on the go to have a constant line of communication with family and emergency officials.
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