It’s important to be prepared for an emergency – and when you have a baby, you need to have a plan as well. Here are some tips for what to include in an emergency prep 72 hour kit for an infant – including a free printable checklist!
Dealing with any kind of disaster is scary – but when you bring children into the world, it can bring it to a whole new level of terrifying.
Personal and emergency preparedness is something I’ve grown up being taught the importance of. You just never know when something will happen where you won’t be able to run to the store, use clean water, or have electricity – among other things.
Because I feel it’s so important, I thought I’d put together this list of things you want to consider putting in an emergency or 72 hour kit for your baby. This is something that you will *hopefully* not have to use, but if you do – you’ll be grateful you have.
This doesn’t specifically have to do with breastfeeding, but there are a few things you’ll want to make you have on hand if you are breastfeeding/pumping.
With a 72 hour kit, you want to make sure it’s easy to grab in case you only have a few minutes – and it should all be in a bag of some sort. There are a few items below that won’t fit in a backpack or diaper bag, but if you can keep them nearby the bag, it will make it easier.
Basically, this is just a really souped up diaper bag – but in an emergency, you will need these items!
Some of these items may vary depending on your situation and your baby’s age. Some of these items you may put in your own personal emergency kit or can be used for the whole family or you might not be able to add to your kit at this time due to the price. You should try to update and rotate this kit every six months.
You can get a free printable version of this list below – just add to cart and checkout!
FOOD AND WATER
- Bottled Water
- You will want this to mix formula if you formula feed, help clean anything the baby is eating from, and to help keep you hydrated. If baby is old enough for water, it can be for them as well.
- Obviously, if your baby is formula fed this is a necessity. Some moms who exclusively pump or supplement with formula may want to have some on hand as well
- Jarred Baby Food
- Other wrapped baby appropriate food
- 3 day supply of diapers
- 3 day supply of wipes
- 3 Sets of clothing
- Emergency Thermal Blanket
- Anything prescription
- Infant Tylenol
- Infant Advil
- Children’s Bendaryl
- Dosing charts for the above medications
- Hand Sanitizer
- Bottles and Nipples
- Waterless/No Rinse Baby Wash
- Travel Size Dish Soap
- Medela Pump Wipes
- Therapearls (for mom in case she gets mastitis or clogged ducts)
- Extra batteries
- Charged battery for breast pump
- AAA and AA
- Charger for breast pump
- First Aid Kit
- Manual Breast Pump
- Portable Bottle Warmer that doesn’t require electricity
- Water Purifying Straw
- Power Bank and Charging Cords
- Portable Bed for Baby
- Emergency Stove
- Baby Carrier
- Long Lasting Cooler
- Fire Source
- Copy of birth certificate
- Passport (if you have one for your baby)
- Emergency Contact Numbers
- Doctor’s Number
- Extended Family
- Trusted Friend Numbers
- Copy of Insurance Card
- Condensed Health History
- Information on any health issues, allergies, etc.
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Katie Clark is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has helped thousands of mothers and families around the globe navigate breastfeeding challenges and questions since 2015. She has a passion for creating research-based, helpful breastfeeding education and helping parents find a way to make breastfeeding work for them. Katie is a mom of three little boys and lives in the great state of Colorado. She also has a degree in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism.