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Emergency and Disaster Response–November 2014

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Infant 72-hour Kitbaby

Whether you are in your child-bearing years or just have small neighbors or relatives who might need your care in an emergency, it is highly advisable that you keep a kit of basic baby supplies. My sister rushed to the hospital with an acute infection while her baby was still very small. While her in-laws creatively managed during the long separation, a well-stocked kit would have made the situation much less challenging. The list below will provide for the basic needs of a baby in primitive (no water and out-of-doors) conditions for three days. Prayerfully adapt it to your circumstances.

  • Container: a rolling backpack is highly advisable. If preparing for your own baby, consider packing your 72-hour kit in the same container for now. You’ll lose the use of one hand pulling a bag, but won’t have to struggle with carrying your baby and two packs as well!
  • Hand sanitizer pump
  • 96 oz of sterile water for feeding—32 oz per day
  • 2 gallons water for washing/sterilizing bottles
  • An unopened can of powdered formula (at least 48 scoops—watch expiration dates)
  • 15 gallon-size zipper freezer bags—for keeping clean things clean
  • 3-4 8-oz bottles and nipples—traditional-style plastic OR “drop-in” liner style and a package of 8 oz liners
  • Milton’s Sterilising Tablets –from UK (available on ebay, amazon, Boots.com)
  • 1 small bottle liquid castile soap—good for washing bodies, clothes and bottles
  • Directions on Cleaning Bottles (see below)
  • A couple soft pouches of baby food
  • 30 disposable diapers—err on the side of too big, perhaps size 4
  • 2 packages of 72 baby wipes in soft plastic packaging
  • Diaper disposal bags—for containing dirty things
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Clothing—err on the side of too big, perhaps 12 months
    • 5 onesies
    • 5 pajamas with feet
    • 3 pairs of pants
    • 6-10 pairs of socks –can double as mittens
  • 3-5 receiving blankets—use for wrapping and as burp cloths
  • 2 emergency blankets—use on top of a receiving blanket
  • 10 hand warmers
  • A roll of toilet paper (cardboard removed) or small box of Kleenex
  • Teething tablets or gel
  • Gripe water (I like Mommy’s Bliss)
  • Several infant electrolyte singles or freezer pops
  • Saline nasal drops and bulb syringe
  • 2 pacifiers
  • Infant pain reliever
  • Disposable nursing pads (Lansinoh are great)
  • Baby sunblock
  • Sunhat with a chin strap
  • Baby powder
  • Baby carrier—very important for keeping baby safe and hands free! See Home Production and Gardening section in this newsletter for one option.

Directions on Cleaning and Sterilizing Bottles

  • Immediately after baby finishes a bottle, empty and rinse thoroughly with water to eliminate as much of the residual formula as possible.
  • Pour 1 ½-2 quarts of water into a gallon-size ziploc bag and add a few drops of castile soap. Add rinsed bottles and nipples, one or two at a time, zip bag closed and shake.
  • Remove from bag (wash water can be saved and reused within a 24-hour period) and wipe dry with a clean tissue.
  • Pour 2 ½ quarts water into another Ziploc bag and add ½ Milton’s Sterilising tablet. Add items, zip closed and let sit in solution at least 15 minutes or until ready to use.
  • Solution can be reused multiple times within a 24-hour period. After 24 hours, add another ½ tablet and use as before.

 

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