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.
Baby should be kept away from cigarette smoke and places where people smoke If your infant uses a pacifier, make sure to pack plenty of them in your emergency kit to be available for your infant.