Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ark Prep 101 - Infant Care!

It's all about BABIES TODAY!
I think that in an EMERGENCY, taking care of our children
should be High On Our List.
Can you imagine NOT having any Formula, Bottles, or Diapers?
(I seriously have a soft spot for babies . . . soooo cute!)
Here's a List of the Basics
You Should Have On Hand:
Wet Wipes
Diaper Rash Ointment
A Few Extra Outfits
You Might Also Think of Including:
Medicine for Fever Relief
Ear Drops
A Bulb Syringe
A Few Toys
Keep these items in an extra diaper bag or duffel bag.
So . . . What do you do if you CAN'T get Formula?
So Stinkin' Cute . . . I can't stand it!
Here's a Recipe for
Emergency Baby Formula:
1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp. Instant Powdered Milk
1/4 cup Non Instant Powdered Milk
1 1/2 cup Boiled Water
1 Tbsp. Oil
2 tsp. Sugar
Mix Powdered milk and water together.
Blend thoroughly.
Add oil and sugar.
If baby bottles are not available,
milk can be spoon fed to an infant.
Here's a Recipe for Soy Milk Formula:
Soy milk is a good substitute for any one that is allergic
to cow's milk.
Soak 2 cups Soybeans for 12 hours.
Change the water frequently.
Grind soaked, raw beans with a fine blade in a food grinder.
Add 6 cups water to the beans in a large pan.
Cook until foamy for 1 hour.
Put through a blender, then strain through a cheesecloth.
Emergency Baby Food:
3/4 cup Cereal Grain
1/4 cup Beans
Boil until soft, then press through a sieve.
Boil again to insure that it is bacteria free.
This will provide good protien and iron, as well as calories.
This can be fed to infants under 6 months if adequate milk is not
available, but it must be pureed to a fine texture.
(Vicki Tate)
Teething Sticks:
2/3 cup Milk
1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 cup Whole-Wheat Flour (approximately)
4 Tbsp. Butter, Melted and Cooled
1 cup Untoasted Wheat Germ
Beat together the milk, butter, and sugar.
Stir in the wheat germ and enough flour to make a dough.
Knead until smooth and satiny, about 8-10 minutes.
Pinch off balls of dough and roll them into sticks
about 1/2-inch thick and 4-inches long.
Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees
for 45 minutes or until browned and hard.
Cool the sticks before giving them to your baby to teethe on.
ALWAYS supervise any child with a teething stick.
(Lorraine Dalton)
(Yep . . . that's a Muggins!)
Diaper Rash Reliever:
2 Tbsp. Powdered Chamomile Flowers
1/4 cup Cornstarch
Add cornstarch and FINELY powdered chamomile
to a container with a shaker top.
Cover, and shake it into a mix.
At every diaper changing, shake the mixture on baby's bottom
until evenly dusted with a thin coating.
If rash persists, dab garlic oil onto rash areas.
It might be stinky . . . but I hear it works!
Make sure you take some time this week
to put a few things aside for YOUR BABY just in case!
Grandma's . . . It wouldn't hurt to have a few
extra baby items on hand for when the tinies come to visit. 
You're one more VERY IMPORTANT STEP closer


J.Frey said...

Thanks for the reminder! I think sometimes the baby items are forgotten when it comes to being prepared! You do such a great job with this blog!

Tricia Smith said...

Thanks Jenny!

Anonymous said...

Even better option than homemade formula--breastfeed, then you never have to worry about running out.

Candice said...

Somebody mentioned your blog at our RS preparedness meeting in Delaware last night, and I've been getting sooo many great ideas - thank you for sharing all of these helps!!

weaselby said...

Wow, this is so useful! Thank you! My friend has it on Pinterest...awesome job!
A quick note about the diaper rash recipe--if your baby has a yeast rash, corn starch will feed it and make it spread and grow within hours.

Anonymous said...

breast milk also works for diaper rash

Anonymous said...

I wanted to share the link to your blog on my facebook group but it says it is dangerous or spam..silly facebook. Thank you for the great blog post.

hcj said...

Actually you don't need much. Breastfeed. Babies can actually go without diapers or you can use any clothing around. I do like your ideas though the formula here should strictly be for EMERGENCIES only. That won't have enough nutrients for long term. Should someone want homemade formula Google "Weston A. price homemade baby formula".

Anonymous said...

On your list of things to have for a baby, you listed "Binky's", but you did not say what of Binky's you should have...

vinemother said...

great to know, except that soy is toxic, and really bad for infants, and also keeps them from asorbing vital nutrients.. soy is also a billion dollar industry... you can google it to find more info.

Melissa S. said...

Thank you so much for the reminders! I also agree that the formula recipe should be used strictly in an emergency. And in response to another commenter, while it's true that breastfeeding is great for the "endless" supply, as a breastfeeding mom myself, I have made sure to keep a container of formula in our emergency kit. There is no guarantee that in an emergency I will be able to breastfeed my infant, so in case something were to happen to me (or my milk supply) during an emergency we choose to keep formula in our kit. I'd highly suggest other breast feeding mommas to do the same!

Dianna said...

Thank you for sharing the baby formula recipe. I am printing it out to keep in my emergency preparedness binder. I would be curious to know where you got the recipe, if you get a few minutes to let me know.

Rachel Patneaude Ferris said...

To the anonymouses out there that stated "Breastfeeding" was the only and better answer...this is great advice and before you judge maybe think about the fact that some women tried to and were unable to breastfeed or had medical conditions preventing it and had to use formula. I would have much rather breastfed and was unable to. Thank you to the author for great info! Its easy to forget the baby stuff when its not always on the emergency prep lists.

Anonymous said...

a good way to make homemade diaper rash ointment is to take purelard, monistat and some baby magic mixed together. I have seen it work GREAT. It also gives fast relief.

sarah said...

But... in an emergency do you have all those ingredients to make 'emergency formula'? It's way easier to just have formula. Also.. I'm a breastfeeding mom.. and my infant had to be fed formula for a few days while I suffered a medical emergency a few days after his birth. Thank goodness I held on to those sample cans!

WorkingAtHome said...

Some of us aren't lucky enough to be able to nurse our babies no matter what we try or how badly we wanted to. Thanks for this, this is a worry I've had. Luckily my little one is six months now and getting food too

Tiffany Hunt said...

Not everyone can breast feed.

Anonymous said...

Also, what if mom is separated from baby in the emergency? It's just good to know this stuff, even though we hope it's never needed.

Anita said...

Stress affects beatnik production. In an emergency situation, with a newborn, you are bound to be very stressed. While breatfeeding is amazing, you cannot control your body. This about emergency PREPAREDNESS. Best to be ready with a contingency plan. Plus, when you are in an emergency situation, you may have a lack of nutrition ingested into your own body, which also affects milk supply. Better o be safe then sorry, and have this printed or for information, just in case!

kay said...

I am a 68 yr old women of course will not have any babies , but i still put two emergency baby bag together for someone that might need it, including things to deliver a baby...who knows what will happy....

Karen Henderson said...

When you put together your emergency kit, include Coconut oil. It's good for diaper rash, thrush, dry skin, cuts, toothpaste, and so much more. Google the many uses of Coconut oil.