Preparing Your Infant For An Emergency
Your infant has specific needs. This list will keep your infant safer and more comfortable until help can arrive.
Food: Three-day supply of formula, baby food and snacks including bottles and air-tight containers.
Breast Feeding: It is important for mom to pack enough healthy food for herself to produce an adequate supply of milk. Protein-rich foods such as nuts, canned fish or chicken, and canned beans are easy to transport and keep fresh until needed. Also, fruit cups, caffeine-free sport drinks, and plenty of water can keep mom well hydrated. Choose products with easy-open pop or twist tops.
Both electric and manual breast pumps, bottles, caps, and nipples for at least three days should be available.
Water: Three-day supply of distilled water for mixing baby formula.
Diapers: Three-day supply of diapers and plastic bags for disposal.
Clothing: Enough changes of clothes for three days including sleep sacks and socks.
Medicine: This should include any current prescriptions, as well as over the counter medicines like fever reducer, gas reliever, anti-diarrheal, diaper rash cream, electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte, dosing syringe and thermometer.
Sanitation: Baby wipes, mild baby wash, bulb syringe, bottled water, and hand sanitizer.
Important documents: Birth certificate, immunization records, medical records, copies of insurance and a current photograph of your baby with your name, address, phone number and known allergies in a waterproof container.
Familiar items: Familiar toys, books, blankets, and pacifiers, can help reduce stress for your baby.
Sleep: Portable Crib or Pack & Play
Infant Safe Sleep:
- All babies under the age of 12 months should be placed to sleep alone, on their backs, in a safety approved portable crib.
- No pillows, blankets, bumper pads, toys, or any other loose objects inside.
- For warmth, the baby should wear a sleep sack or one-piece pajama instead of a blanket or any other covering.
- Baby should never be allowed to sleep in any sitting device such as a car seat, carrier, or bounce.
- Baby should sleep near, but not with parent or caregiver, preferably in the same room, but never in the same bed.
- Baby should be checked on regularly while sleeping for signs of overheating. Baby should wear no more than one layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable.