Babies experience a lot of firsts: first teddy bear, first blankie, first pair of shoes, first roll-over, and first tooth. But what about first earthquake? First emergency? To ensure that those firsts are not any more traumatic than all of baby’s other firsts, put together your baby’s first earthquake kit. You can make it from all the things you already keep on hand to keep baby healthy and happy. Think of it as a baby version of your own personal earthquake kit . For baby’s first earthquake kit, remember the 72-hour rule . Include enough supplies for your baby’s needs for at least three days.
- Diapers: Even if you are not a fan of disposable diapers, you will want them in your baby quake kit. Diaper services are unlikely to be operating right after an earthquake, and you also may not have enough water for regular laundry.
- Baby wipes: Everyone should have baby wipes in their kit for personal cleaning, even babies. Include a pack for everyone in the family.
- Bottled water: Enough water to keep baby hydrated for at least three days.
- Baby formula and baby food: Stow away in the kit some shelf stable food supplies you know your child will consume.
- Pacifier and teething ring: Soothing the baby is obvious, and when things are out of whack, babies need even more soothing.
- Diaper rash and antibiotic creams: Staying clean may be harder, antibiotic cream and diaper rash cream provide stop-gaps for preventing infection.
- Baby appropriate first aid kit: Childrens’ pain relievers, medications, small band-aids and other first aid supplies suitable for baby.
- Warm change of clothing: hat, mittens, coat, long pants, long sleeved shirt, socks, shoes.
- Favorite toy: Buy a duplicate of your child’s favorite toy and include it in your baby kit.
- Bandana or hankie to use as dust mask
- Body baby carrier: Even if you prefer to use a stroller, this will come in handy if you have to climb stairs or walk over rough ground with your baby. It will also keep your hands free to carry emergency supplies.
- Small blanket to use for warmth and play area.
- Flashing LED with attachment (to put on baby so people will see him in the dark).
- Large, heavy duty trash bag to keep used diapers in.
- Bungee cord to attach the go-bag to underside of crib.
- Bag to keep it all in: Pick a bag that will hold all your baby needs and that you can carry.
In addition to these essentials, you may want to add:
- Stroller, rolling bassinet, or rolling crib stored near bag: A stroller can provide another place to put the things from your baby earthquake kit. Keep in mind however, that post-earthquake there may be rubble that makes navigating with a stroller close-to impossible.
- Second edition of all the above stored in your car: Put your baby’s car go-bag right next to your own.
Once you have baby’s quake kit pulled together, your limited sleep will not be curtailed by worrying about the next earthquake. Make that baby earthquake kit today!
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