Every parent wishes there was one perfectly concise guideline on how to survive parenting and raise happy, healthy children. While there are so many ideologies (and a guidebook for each one), we can at least offer you one straightforward approach to preparation in case of an emergency.
- Emergency Food
An emergency supply of baby formula might sound like something straight out of a paranoid parent’s handbook, but it’s not. Keeping a spare tin of baby formula is a wise move. It’s not necessarily there for a life and death emergency, but if something goes wrong with your usual feeding strategy, you’ll be grateful to have a backup on-hand. Yes, you can probably source a spare tin at a 24-hour convenience store, but being prepared will simplify your life as a parent. It starts with that one tin of baby formula that you always keep around as an emergency supply.
- Emergency Helpline Numbers
If your little one has been exposed to a harmful substance, you don’t have a spare second to waste. How fast can you find the contact details for the poison control center when you’re in a state of panic? Everything seems more difficult when time is of the essence. This is why you need to keep a clearly displayed card with the emergency numbers on it.
Include contact details for the police, the fire brigade, poison control, and your priority person’s contact details. Your priority person will be your next of kin, a god-parent to the child, or a family member that is easy to reach and able to respond well in an emergency.
- Priority Contact Person’s Details
You may think you know very well who to call when you require a next of kin’s assistance, but in truth, the nature of an emergency deprives you of your decision-making skills. The prefrontal cortex disengages in favor of the amygdala, which means your ability to think clearly is diminished.
Choose a priority contact person when you’re not in an emergency. Inform that person that you have selected them, and make their contact details clearly visible in the home. Don’t choose a relative that is elderly, ill, or otherwise unable to take charge in an emergency situation.
- A Fully-Stocked First-Aid Kit
A first-aid kit is easy to purchase, but you must make sure you go with one that’s comprehensively stocked. You can create your own first-aid kit by sourcing the supplies according to the brands you prefer. However, it can be easier to buy a fully stocked one that’s ready for use.
Parents should consider adding a special first-aid kit designed for babies to their basic medical-supplies first aid kit. Such kits are filled with tools that are specifically for babies, meaning you’ll be equipped to deal with far more potential emergency situations.
- Petty Cash
There are so many reasons to have a small petty cash fund in your home where you can keep some emergency funds at the ready. It needn’t be a lot. This can come in handy if you regularly make use of babysitting services.
If your child urgently requires medical assistance or medication from a pharmacy, the caregiver will have money readily available. This makes emergencies easier to navigate in a fast and effective manner. If your child has asthma or another chronic condition, cash in the house is a must-have.
Tick off all the actionable items above and your home will be well-prepared for any emergencies that may arise with your little one.