I'm a first-time mom to an amazing baby boy and a wife of six years! I've learned a LOT along the way, and I hope to share some tips!
Whether it’s hurricane season, wildfires, blizzards, or other natural disasters, its good to be prepared with emergency supplies for your family. But this can be especially difficult when you have an infant! It can be overwhelming to even know where to start. It’s easy to either pack too much, or not enough so here are some tips for packing an emergency, go-bag for your baby!
Most of these items can be purchased at the dollar store. So even on a budget, or limited income, you can be well prepared and confident that your baby will have everything they need in case of an emergency.
To get started, you’ll want to have these essentials:
- A backpack, or over shoulder bag
- Ziplock bags, from sandwich size, to gallon
- 1-2 short sleeve onesies
- 1 pair of pants
- 1 pair of footie pajamas
- 1 sweater or jacket
- 1-2 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of booties/shoes
- 1 light blanket
When packing clothing for your baby in an emergency situation, think layers. You want to be prepared for any season, but also not pack too much that it will make the bag too heavy. Roll all of the clothes up tightly, put them in a gallon Ziploc bag. Seal it up, letting out as much air as you can in order to save space.
Since little ones grow so quickly, you will want to update the clothes in your emergency bag every month of two. Or, you could keep multiple sizes packed just in case!
- Travel packs/containers of formula or frozen breastmilk
- Bottled water or emergency water pouches
- Baby food pouches
- Baby spoon
Packing food for your baby can be a little more tricky. If they are breastfed, it’s great to have frozen milk in the freezer that you can grab in case of an emergency. But, you never know what could happen that you might be separated from your baby and someone else may have to take care of them temporarily. In that case, it’s a good idea to include a bottle, travel container of formula, and water, so that your baby will have the nutrients they need if they can’t get it from you.
Pack all of these items in a gallon bag to keep baby’s bag nice and organized, so you know where everything is!
- Diaper rash cream
- Travel soap
- First Aid Kit
- Backup pacifier
Each of these extremely important items can be purchased at the dollar store in small packaging, making them great for packing baby’s go-bag. The diaper cream and travel soap come in small tubes, and the first aid kit is pocket size with basics like bandaids, cleaning pads, antiseptics, etc.
Diapers are another thing you will want to update every couple of months in the emergency bag, just to make sure the ones you have packed still fit your little one. You will want to pack all of these essentials in gallon bags, and maybe double bag the diapers to make sure they don’t get wet and ruined.
- Emergency contact information
- Vaccine records and other important medical information
- Photos of baby and family
- ID Safety Wristbands
You will want to print out all of this important information ahead of time. You can get them laminated, or put them in Ziploc bags, and then seal that shut with some tape to make sure they can‘t get wet and ruined.
The ID Safety Wristbands are great to put on your baby or toddler while your traveling during an emergency, just in case you get separated from them for any reason. While preparing the go-bag, put your information on the back of a few wristbands with permanent marker, and then seal them in a waterproof bag so that they’re ready to go.
- Small toy, rattles
- Small books
Try to keep these limited to what will fit in a gallon ziploc bag.
Now you should have about five, gallon size Ziplocs obtaining all of the essentials organized into categories. They should fit nicely in a backpack or diaper bag. Keep it in a safe place with your other emergency supplies, and remember to update it often. You’ll be so glad you took the time to prepare your baby for an emergency!