There is nothing more frustrating (or hilarious, depending on how you view it) than going through your 72-hour kit and seeing a huge pack of newborn diapers intended to fit your 15-month-old toddler.
That teensy, tiny diaper simply isn’t going to cut it.
If you are the parent or care-giver to an infant or toddler, you will need to go through your 72-hour emergency kit quarterly to keep up with your ever growing child.
For those who haven’t built a 72-hour kit, yet, here are some items you will need in addition to your family’s regular kit:
- 96 oz of water (about ¾ of a gallon) will cover a 72-hour span. Keep in mind, infants may drink up 32 oz a day when mixed with formula. If you are breastfeeding, keep more on hand for you to drink to in order to keep up your supply.
- POWDERED Formula. Make sure that you have enough to cover the number of bottles and ounces that your baby drinks during the day, times three.
- Bottles and nipples (make sure they are the right size of nipple for your child!) The more you have in your kit, the less washing and sterilizing you will have to do.
- A large pack of diapers.
- Baby wipes.
- Diaper rash ointment.
- Re-sealable gallon bags (for soiled clothes and diapers).
- 3-5 onsies.
- 3-5 footed pajamas.
- 6-10 pairs of socks.
- Burp cloths.
- 3-5 receiving blankets.
- 1-2 fleece (or heavier) blankets.
- Toys, teething rings or other items to occupy attention.
- Copy of Immunization Record in the family files.
- Add to the first aid kit:
- Teething gel.
- Infant acetaminophen.
- Infant ibuprofen.
- Bulb syringe.
- Hand sanitizer.
When you go through your kit (quarterly!) be sure to pay attention to your diaper sizes, clothing sizes, nipple sizes and amount of formula on hand (if needed).
Don’t forget about your pets! In the event of a disaster they will have supply needs as well. Here are some tips to keep your four-legged family members safe during a disaster:
- Store extra food, water, bowls, litter box, medicine, first aid supplies and health records for each animal with your 72-hour kit.
- Leashes and pet carriers should be together and accessible.
- Before disaster strikes, identify pet-friendly places to stay within a 50-mile radius. Keep your pet with you if at all possible during a disaster.
- Have current health/vaccination records, proof of ownership and brand or microchip identification.
To ensure that all members of your family are safe during a disaster, download the Red Cross First Aid apps available for people or pets. For more information on building a 72-hour kit, check out redcross.org!