During almost every summer in Australia, emergencies develop, leading to evacuation on a frequent basis. During this time of havoc, what are some of the essential things that should be pre-packed to ease moving with babies? Let us discuss it in detail.
Bushfires, cyclones, and floods challenge the livelihood of the people of Australia almost every summer. To survive this chaos, people need to evacuate and head towards a safe place promptly. Babies are particularly more vulnerable to emergencies, as their food is not readily available everywhere. They are prone to infections to a much larger extent than adults, so each of their things should be well thought of and made ready beforehand. Their food and fluid supply should be taken well care of because, without the adequate supply of fluids, the baby can become seriously ill within hours due to the excessive heat.4
Families can be isolated without power or water in their homes for long periods. They can be stranded in their cars while evacuating for hours or even days. However, it is truly tough for parents to think about all the requirements for the baby. People are so much used to the necessities available, that they can't figure out what would happen without them. During the 2011 Queensland flooding and cyclone Yasi disasters, for example, one-quarter of families evacuated were unable to pack adequate infant feeding supplies. This drawback is mainly because the state and territory governments provide no guidance regarding the emergency kits for infants.
The kit should be ready at the earliest as last-minute packing could delay leaving. So, what is the essential quantity to keep in mind while preparing the emergency kit? You should be prepared for all the necessities for about three days without having any access to electricity or water.
Breastfed babies: If your baby is six months old and is totally breastfed, you need not worry a lot. You simply need some nappies, wipes, and sufficient water to stay hydrated. Avoid stress, as it may negatively impact the amount of milk! To solve this issue, keep offering the breast, look at your baby, and think about how much you love them; this will release the important hormones that make the milk flow and help you and your baby to feel more relaxed.
Expressed breastmilk fed babies: If you feed your baby expressed breast milk, you will also need drinking water for yourself, detergent, around 400ml of water per feed for washing hands, disposable plastic cups or single-use bottles and teats for feeding the baby, as well as nappies and nappy wipes.
Formula-fed babies: You will need an unopened formula milk pack, sufficient feeding bottles, drinking water for reconstitution, water and detergent for washing, nappies, and wipes.
Babies on solids: If your baby is over six months and has started taking solids, you should include sufficient canned baby foods and disposable spoons along with water and other mentioned necessities. These are some of the must-have things in your baby's emergency kit.
Depending on the age of your baby, keep the above things handy, and work accordingly.