Don’t Forget About the Babies

While I am on the subject of childbirth, I decided to rerun an article my daughter Jen wrote a couple of years ago.  As she mentions in the article she has five children and always has the necessary supplies on hand to take care of them.

Howard

Hello all, this is Jen again.  I told my dad he needs to add some things for people with children, so he asked me to write something up.  I am a mom of 5 kids and so I feel it is also very important to store extra things for babies and kids.

Who wants to be trapped with a baby and no diapers or formula?  I know I don’t.  So in my storage I have always felt it is important to store Diapers, wipes, and formula.  I’ll admit I don’t use cloth diapers, (I know not the best), plus I haven’t been able to breastfeed, But my kids are healthy and happy.

It seems like sometimes we just go on with our days and buy as we need the items, but I feel it’s very important to have a good supply.  Even if you just buy an extra pack or two now and then.  I have heard of so many women that have had their husbands stop and buy formula or diapers on their way home from work.  I love knowing I can just go downstairs and grab it.  I know my husband appreciates it.  You just have to be sure to keep buying extra as you use it, so keep stocked up on them and  rotate the formula.  I have about 6 months worth of diapers for each kid (two in diapers now), wipes and the amount of formula until my son is a year old.  (He’s 8 months)

It’s also vitally important to have those items in a 72 hour kit (bug out kit) as well.  I know that a lot of women breastfeed, which I think is great.  But what happens if you are out running errands or at work and something happens to where you can’t get home, such as an earthquake, car accident, flood or any other disaster.  I think everyone with a baby should have a least a can of formula and a bottle for such an emergency.  I know that a hungry baby would add so much more stress in a already stressful situation.  I would hate for a baby to go hungry.  If you don’t need it within that year then you can say “yeah” and if the expiration date is still good donate it.

My little guy is starting to sleep through the night more, and my older kids start school soon.  So I have many more ideas to post.  If you have any ideas for; “Don’t forget about Babies”  let me know. I have plenty of ideas.  I know am not the only mom who is into preparedness.

One last thought that just came to me.  All of this would be a great idea for those grandparents out there that watch their grandchildren or have them over for any period of time. Be sure to stock the items that they use and eat. As they outgrow them, donate them if still good or even if you have to throw it out, it is a good investment.

Jen

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3 Responses to Don’t Forget About the Babies

  1. Diaper says:

    Just now, Lloyds Insurance of London and a US entity put out a report forecasting the solar maximum and hence danger to the global power grids from CMEs for the year 2015. Grid failure will likely prevent disposable diaper production in power-driven factories.

    Jen mentions 6 months diaper storage. At only 3 per day per baby that is 3 x 180 = 640 diapers. This is a big volume. I do not think it is realistic for a small house or apartment.

    Use of disposable diapers in rich countries is based on regular rubbish/trash disposal for landfill/burning. Is this guaranteed at SHTF? How would disposables compost if required? I do not think they will, also because of the plastic liner they have.

    Cloth diapers can have 3 great advantages: 1. very small volume for storage compared to disposables. 2. probable ability to be cleaned using also non-potable water such as artesian bore or river/lake water ( I have not tried this, but would so using bleach solution if available; boiling might be an alternative. My mother did not boil, she merely used a commercial anti-bacterial soaker). 3. alternative uses for anything a cloth rag can do but a disposable diaper cannot.

    However, there is the problem of drying them in cold damp climates at SHTF. Failure to do so damages infant skin leading to chapping/infection.

    Conclusion: if responsible for a diaper wearer, stock disposables for a short-term SHTF but practise using re-useable cloths and solve the problem of getting them dry in alll weathers in advance of a longer SHTF.

  2. Shirley L says:

    Hello…my name is Gmom….grandmother of 5. I also stock up on wipes and disposable diapers. Always the size 6 because that way they will fit all of them. Another item we have is A&D ointment. Great for a case of diaper rash AND other skin abrasions. I also stock up on things to flavor canned and dried milks….like hersheys syrup..ovaltine..instant breakfast. The kids make the worst face in the world when you try to pass off the powdered milk to them. They pick up you are trying to pull a fast one on them lolol. And also the usual motrin, tylenol, and other remedies.

  3. Grandma Kathy says:

    My Japanese daughter in law started potty training their son right from the get go.
    She watched for ‘ques’ and placed his bottom on a bowl. At one and a half he is completely potty trained. My Ukrainian girlfriend told me that babies were potty trained early in her birth country as well. I wonder what our fore mothers did. There were no plastic pants, no automatic hot water and no electric powered clothes dryers.

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