What Should You Store For Your Baby?
Prepping with a baby is a big responsibility for any family because infants depend on their parents for every aspect of their survival. Babies require a variety of food, resources, and clothing sizes in their first year. Even in the worst-disaster scenario, parents need to make sure that their baby is fed, healthy, clothed and loved.
Thinking of what to buy and store for your infant can be tasking. Therefore, you need to make a list of everything that you will need. Buy and gather the items little by little, and you should also learn how to produce or make most of these babies’ needs yourself.
For Expectant Preppers, Plan for the Arrival of your Baby
Pregnancy and birth still happens during a crisis. And, if you’re pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you should prepare to stay safe and healthy for the baby’s arrival. You will need to pack a bug-out bag for your baby. And in this bag, you should have some essential first aid items. Antiseptic cleaner, extra blankets, surgical scissors, etc., should be in your first aid kit in the event of an emergency birth.
You should speak with a midwife or doctor about delivering your baby unassisted if you cannot get to the hospital. There are books and websites that you should consider checking to learn about giving birth unassisted. Even though you may not need to deliver your child alone, you may need this knowledge to help others.
Mobility, How to Prepare for a Bug Out with an Infant
During a bug-out, you will need to carry your baby using any traditional baby transportation option. You should get a baby wrap carrier that will be tied around your shoulders and adjacent hip, or you could get the one that goes from the back over your shoulders. This way, you can remain hands-free or carry only your bug-out bags.
Other options include wagons and strollers, but they come with their own set of problems. Pulling your infant in a wagon behind you could be labor-intensive and distracting since you need to frequently look behind to check on the child. The upside to using these options is they have handy storage compartments that could carry most of your baby items.
Breast Feeding is the Best for your Baby, but What if There’s No Breast Milk?
Breastfeeding a baby remains the best option in a disaster scenario, but you will need to have other baby food items with you. The baby’s mother may be unable to produce breast milk due to health issues, lack of nutrition, stress, or other factors. So, it is important to have a baby powdered baby formula. As months go by, your baby may start to eat vegetables, fruits, and other solid food. They will begin eating part of the food in your stockpile; therefore, you should have special baby food with long shelf life. You also need to learn how to make your baby food from raw food items; this will help you maintain a steady food supply.
Get the Most of Your Baby’s Diapers
You need to store a lot of baby diapers because babies go through them quickly. Stock up different sizes since you don’t know how old your baby will be when a disaster happens. And, since diapers are not cheap and take up a lot of space, you should have reusable diapers.
Cloth diapers are washable diapers that your baby can reuse. It’s important that you carry them along in case you run out of disposable diapers. You will also need to have diaper covers to act as a waterproof barrier between the soaked cloth diaper and your other items.
Prepping with a Baby? Here’s What You Need to Know About Clothing
Infants outgrow their clothing fast, so you should store at least two years of clothes. Go to thrift stores and pick out clothing for every season for your baby. Don’t forget hats, socks, shoes, jackets, blankets, and head warmers. If your child outgrows their clothing, you can use them as barter items or give them out to a prepper in need.
Baby Sleeping Solutions for Preppers
Buy a co-sleeper that doubles as a baby bed or playpens that have bassinet attachments. They don’t take up much space, which makes them practical for everyday life and emergencies. Be sure to carry sheets and blankets for your baby’s comfort.
Medicine Ask Your Doctor Now
Pack various medicines and learn herbal remedies that could come in handy if your child is sick. You should have a thermometer, anti-fungal cream, diaper rash cream, teething tablets, cold medicine, baby cough syrup, Vaseline, and other medicines. Ensure that you prepare for your infants’ medical needs. Your baby’s medical needs may be a little different from others. It is the same thing you would keep at your home.
Baby is here! Now what? Cleaning is Important for a Healthy Baby
Your baby has to be clean to stay healthy. Be sure to pack baby wipes and clothes to use in case you run out of wipes. Also, pack baby soap and shampoos that are good for your baby.
Before you buy or store these items in large quantities, you need to test and ensure that the soap is good for your baby. Babies are sensitive to certain products. Remember to pack other baby hygiene items like towels, baby lotion, fingernail clippers, cotton balls, q-tips, and any other item that will keep your baby clean.
Don’t forget to pack play items. When prepping for a disaster, fun is the last thing you think about, but your baby needs to play. Carry items that can provide comfort and hours of entertainment.
It’s a big responsibility, but it’s also really rewarding. Parents need to make sure that their baby is fed, healthy, clothed, and loved in any disaster scenario. Start prepping with your little one by making a list of everything you’ll need for them in the next year or so. Baby food, clothes, and toys are just some things on the list. You won’t regret taking time now before anything happens!
Preparing your baby for the future can be a daunting task. The best way to be prepared for any disaster is to start prepping with kids! They’ll learn valuable skills that will help them in the future, and they’ll feel more confident if something bad happens. You don’t want to run around and get everything at once, because you’ll end up spending too much money and wasting time. Make a list of all the items that you will need in the next year or so, and buy them little by little. This way it won’t cost you as much money and you will have more time to plan ahead.
FAQs on Prepping With a Baby
How do I bug out with a baby?
The struggles of bug-out life with a baby can be daunting. How do you pack for all the necessities and keep them organized? Here are some tips: Put one color bag full of food, formula, etc., in another put the clothes. The parents will have to carry everything since babies cannot handle their packs yet!
What are four signs of stress or distress in babies?
Ask your Doctor; There are some clear signs of stress in babies is what my mother and mother-in-law have told me. These include hiccupping, yawning, sneezing, and frowning. If you see your baby looking away or doing an erratic dance with their arms and legs pushing away, they may be feeling overwhelmed by the stimuli around them (such as a bright color on one side that is too much to handle).
What should you pack in an emergency kit for your baby?
Again ask your doctor… Nasal aspirator, thermometer, medicine dropper. Baby nail clippers and brush or comb is also a good idea! For head lice prevention, don’t forget the cradle cap brush and emery boards as well. Sterile gauze will help protect against infection when necessary, too – it is super easy to make one with sanitary gauze pads from a professional medical supply store or pharmacy near you!