One of the first things I did in the first month of my baby’s birth was make him a 72-hr. kit. I’m so grateful that I did, because I had to use it when he was 3 months old and we had to evacuate when Hurricane Matthew hit. Here’s what I put in his kit:
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- Formula– Pack some formula even if you are breastfeeding. I had a friend that was breastfeeding but when an emergency happened she got so stressed out that she stopped producing. Not being able to feed your baby would be the worst thing in the world. I prefer the liquid, ready to use formula for emergencies because then you don’t have to take the time to mix powder and formula. If you prefer powder though then these individual sized pouches could be helpful. When Little L turned 8 months I added snacks such as the packaged teething biscuits or yogurt melts.
- Water bottle– Useful for washing hands, making formula, and drinking. These little ones are the perfect size for 8 oz bottles.
- Change of Clothes– Babies grow so fast! I usually put a size up from what he’s currently wearing in his 72 hr kit. Make sure to put the clothes in a sealed zip-block bag so they don’t get wet!
- Diapers/Wipes-I make sure to keep a new package of wipes and 5-15 diapers in his kit at all times. Make sure to switch out the diapers when your baby goes up a size!
- Toy– There may be an emergency where you had to evacuate, but babies still need to be entertained.
- Bottle- Obviously to put formula in it!
- Swaddle blanket– Blankets can be used for so many things! To keep warm, wrap wounds, provide shelter, clean spit up, etc. I usually keep just 1-2 small ones in Little L’s kit though.
- Dog waste bags– For those nasty smelling diapers. Dog waste bags are cheaper than the diaper waste ones and I buy them in bulk here.
- Laminated Family Picture- I also put our numbers on the back so that if we for, some reason, get separated then authorities can call us and with the picture verify that we are indeed Little L’s parents. You can include a copy of his birth certificate if you’d like.
- Travel hygiene bottles- This is a great travel sized kit full of hygiene items such as shampoo, lotion, sunscreen, and more.
- Medicines-Medicines like Infants’ Tylenol, Infants’ Motrin, and Neosporin are always good to have on hand.