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September is baby safety month and while I strive to be safe every month, learning about the push this month for baby safety has spurred me into action. We live in Southern California, right along an active earthquake fault line and currently have no emergency kit. I know. I am a little bit ashamed. So this week we have been collecting items to create our kit and I quickly realized how different my emergency kit was from Eli’s. Of course babies have different needs, but there were some things that I didn’t think about until after I did some research.

While there are kits that you can buy fully assembled, I found that they didn’t fit Eli’s needs and that since I’d have to adjust them pretty significantly it made more sense to build one for him. It’s taken a while to figure out what works best for us, so I thought that in honor of baby safety month, I’d share what’s going in our emergency kit for our toddler.

The list does not include the items that we will need as a family (flashlights, radio, etc) and will be in my husband’s and my kits, but rather just the things in Eli’s kit.

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    Emergency kits for babies and children

    Click through to see what's in Eli's emergency kit!

  • Water 2 of 10

    The recommendation is 1 gallon of water per person, per day in each kit and each kit should last you for 3 days. Yes, it's a lot of water, and no, I don't know that Eli would ever drink that much, but we might need it for cleaning, or cooking or other sanitation needs. You'll want to include more if your child still drinks formula or if you're going to use powdered milk.

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  • Diapers and Wipes 3 of 10

    We have 3 bags of diapers and 3 bags of wipes in Eli's kit. They are his current size, but as he grows, we'll need to pay attention and buy the next size up. 

  • Clothes 4 of 10

    We have 3 sets of clothes for Eli. We found that Carter's 3 piece outfits are perfect for this occasion. They come with a short sleeved onesie, a long sleeved onesie and pants. If it's hot, he can go in just a onesie, if it's cold, we can layer and he's got pants. Don't forget socks and shoes, a sweater and a hat, especially if it gets cold where you live.

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  • Sleeping bag 5 of 10
    Sleeping bag

    I really toiled on this one because I don't think Eli needs his own huge sleeping bag when my husband and I each have one ready, but he's also never slept with us, so I'm not sure how he'd do without his own space. We decided to use this little toddler sleeping bag (which, full disclosure, we were given to review, but I haven't tried it out because Eli's a little young for it if it's not a necessity), which will keep him warm enough (for Southern California, at least) and give him his own place to sleep.

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  • Bottles/Cups 6 of 10

    We're in the process of transitioning (slowly, kind of) Eli off a bottle, but I figure, in the event of an emergency, I don't really care what my son is drinking out of. In his kit are several bottles, nipples and a few sippy cups. In an emergency, I want Eli to be able to stay hydrated by whatever means are necessary, so a variety seemed best.

  • Cleaning wipes 7 of 10
    Cleaning wipes

    I have several different kind of wipes in Eli's kit. First, I have the kind that clean items that go in mouths- pacifiers, bottle nipples, etc. I also have some sanitizing wipes for hands and then I have the regular baby wipes mentioned above. I imagine we could live without some of these, but since I'm not packing enough bottles for 3 days of drinking, I wanted to make sure we had a way to clean out the bottles somewhat safely and without using too much water.

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  • Food 8 of 10
    Food recommends packing a 3 day supply of non-perishable food, but they made a great point that I hadn't considered, which was to be careful to skip foods that will make you thirsty since water supplies may be limited in an emergency. Along the same lines, they recommend foods with high liquid content, so that you can stay hydrated without using your whole water supply for drinking. In Eli's kit we have: canned peaches, pears, pineapple, green beans, corn, almond butter (he's allergic to peanuts), graham crackers, cans of juice, and some apple cinnamon straws he loves. We're a little light on protein, but he's not really a canned meat fan, and we'll add/subtract items as his tastes change.

  • Milk 9 of 10

    So, a big part of Eli's daily routines involve milk, and in an emergency, I'd like for him to have some small measure of comfort as well as nutrition. Obviously, we can't give him regular milk since that would be beyond revolting out of the refrigerator for an indefinite amount of time, but there are several alternatives that are safe at room temperature. After doing some research, we've chosen to do evaporated milk, which we would have to mix with water. It won't replicate his normal milk exactly, but it'll work in a pinch.

  • Toys 10 of 10

    It may seem silly to pack toys, but even in an emergency, Eli is still a kid. He will need entertainment. We packed some very small books, crayons and paper and a stuffed animal. I'm going to order an extra one of his favorite monkey blankets so that we have one in there as well. And definitely a couple of pacifiers. It's far from his normal daily toy haul, but hopefully it'll serve to keep him occupied if needed.

While our needs are somewhat different since we live in the path of earthquakes instead of tornadoes, hurricanes or blizzards, these items will serve almost every toddler well in the event of an emergency. What is in your child’s emergency kit?

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