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Emergency Preparedness: Creating a 72-Hour Emergency Kit For Infants

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When an emergency strikes, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA suggest having food, water and other supplies to last your family for at least 72 hours (http://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/prepare-my-family-disaster.) Families with babies should take special note and also have an additional kit ready for baby. We suggest storing these items in a large diaper or duffle bag and keeping the bag in an easily accessible place, such as a front hall closet.

A 72 Hour Emergency Kit for Babies should contain the following:

  • 2 gallons of nursery or purified water
  • At least 1 gallon of water per day for nursing moms
  • 1 large, sealed can of powdered formula (more than enough for 3 days) or consider powdered formula packets to save space
  • Formula scoop (often included with the can.)
  • 3-5 bottles with nipples
  • Baby food pouches (for babies that eat solids)
  • Finger food such as Cheerios or “puffs” (for babies that eat solids)
  • Camping stove (may be necessary to sterilize and clean bottles.)
  • 30-35 diapers
  • 2 large containers of disposable baby wipes (for diapering needs and also for cleaning spills, hands, and bodies.)
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper changing pad
  • 2 boxes of sealable plastic bags (like Ziploc) for storing dirty diapers and laundry
  • Pacifiers (if your baby uses them)
  • Clothing:
    • 5 seasonal changes of clothes (combination of onesies, pants, footed one-piece outfits)
    • 3 footed pajamas
    • Sleep sack or swaddle
    • Seasonal items such as hats, socks and mittens.
  • Baby blanket
  • 5-6 burp clothes or washcloths
  • Travel baby kit with baby soap, lotion, shampoo
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby Tylenol or Motrin
  • Warm emergency blanket
  • Hand warmers
  • 2-3 small toys

If you need to leave your home, we also suggest quickly taking: 

  • Baby carrier (wearing  a baby can be invaluable)
  • Additional toys
  • Stroller
  • Jacket, coat or bunting depending on the weather 

As baby grows and changes, the kit will need to be updated. For example, a newborn would require a different diaper size, nipple, and clothing than a 10-month old baby. We suggest revising your baby’s 72-hour kit every 4-6 weeks.

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