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Being Ready For A Baby Emergency

This checklist isn't for disasters or crises; it's for the more common circumstances that all parents face, and the skills needed to get through them with little stress and maximum joy.

This is the essential survival pack for any parent to get through the day and all of life's minor "emergencies," such as your child becoming unwell in the vehicle or spilling food on his shorts at at a restaurant.

Actual Emergency Situations

The following items would be included in a true emergency kit (for more information, read this checklist):

  • Water
  • Food
  • First-aid kit
  • Non-prescription drugs 
  • Tools and supplies
  • Sanitation
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Entertainment
  • Important Family Documents
  • Car

Prepare for every vehicle journey, for spills, mishaps, and minor crises, as well as keeping the kids entertained. Here are some things to think about for your automobile survival kit:

Food: Before you leave home, gather a supply of non-perishable foods such as crackers, pretzels, Teddy Grahams, or dried fruit, and add grapes, baby carrots, or quartered PB&J sandwiches to it. Children are constantly hungry. Stopping for a snack at McDonald's is a waste of time, money, and nutrition.

Drinks: Kids are constantly thirsty. Bring water bottles, juice boxes, or sippy cups with juice.

Toys: A favorite toy or two for small children, or a Gameboy for older children, can perform wonders.

Material for reading: They can be entertained by chapter books, comic books, children's periodicals, and audio tapes (or CDs).

Writing or sketching are two options: Colored pencils and coloring books, Etchasketch or Magnadoodle, and a drawing pad

Accidents: Always have baby wipes on hand. Always. Bring additional clothing (see below) and a towel as well. As well as a first-aid kit.

Automobile issues: Jumper cables, a tire jack, a working spare tire, and the towing company's phone number

Others: If appropriate, see Extra Clothing and Baby Kit.

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A set of extra clothes

You should always bring extra clothing for your children. You never know when they'll have an accident, or if they'll want to spend the night with their grandparents or a friend, or if they'll want to swim during a party. For each youngster, pack a backpack with the following items:

  • They should dress nicely, as if they were going to a party or church.
  • Any old clothing - simply something to wear in case there are any mishaps.
  • Swimsuit.
  • 2 sets of underwear, socks, shoes, belt (if needed), and hat
  • Kit for a baby

If you're a baby pro, these will be self-evident, but if you have a baby, you should keep this kit on hand (probably in your diaper bag) in all of the other scenarios in this guide:

  • Diapers, baby wipes
  • Extra clothes
  • Bottle or nursing stuff
  • Changing pad
  • Rash ointment
  • Burping cloth
  • Bibs
  • Blanket
  • Baby wash
  • Toy, stuffed animal
  • Teething ring if needed
  • Juice, baby food, snacks if appropriate
  • Fever medication, thermometer, sunscreen, band-aids

Babysitter

Give the following information to your babysitter when you hire one (and be sure to do so so you can have some alone time!):

  • Your cell phone number
  • Where you’ll be
  • Family members or friends to contact in case of emergency
  • Emergency numbers: hospital, doctor, poison control
  • Any special info about your kids: disabilities, allergies, health problems, special conditions or needs
  • Food to feed them and any special food needs or wants
  • Snacks, bottles, baby food
  • Naptime or bedtime info
  • Any other info about TV or computer or video game policies, tantrums, prohibitions, pets, diseases
  • Medicine, baby care stuff, bathtime stuff to your babysitter when you hire one (and be sure to do so so you can have some alone time!):

A Kit that may be taken anywhere

This list is for anytime and wherever you're out with the kids, out of the car - restaurants, the mall, a party, a friend's house, the park. Fill your bag with the following items:

  • Baby wipes (always!)
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks (see car kit)
  • Activity or book
  • Band-aids
  • Baby kit if needed

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