Emergency kits and newborns

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler shares advice for parents with a newborn on how to prepare emergency kits while taking into your child into consideration
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When preparing your emergency kit and taking into consideration that you have a new baby, some of the things that are really, really important to make sure that you have in there are diapers, for example, extra diapers. I always suggest that you buy at least 2 sizes larger than the diapers that the baby is actually in at the moment, because if you think about it, it’s a lot easier to wrap a bigger diaper around a smaller baby than it is to wrap a smaller diaper around a bigger baby. So you always go up a couple sizes and that way you’re not replacing them as often as well. The other thing that I suggest – even if you are breastfeeding your baby – is to get some of the powdered formula that they have now and a baby bottle. Because with the water that is in your emergency kit you can mix the formula. If you’re under stress sometimes as a mom – that’s going to be an issue for you, you might not be able to lactate as well or something – so always cover all of your bases and make sure that you have the diapers and some powdered formula as well. And the other thing that you should also have is infant medications, because they’re a lot different than for an adult. So an infant Tylenol or an Advil depending on your choice there and a thermometer is also really important. So anything that goes along with the baby, make sure that you have that as well.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler shares advice for parents with a newborn on how to prepare emergency kits while taking into your child into consideration

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Cari Butler

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Cari Butler is a Westside Los Angeles mom and native Californian whose interest in Emergency Preparedness began when her daughter started school and was required to have a personal emergency kit. That raised the question: "Why shouldn't everyone have an emergency kit?" Her concern led her to thoroughly research the subject and then create her own business. She now provides consultation services for families and businesses, as well as offering the Emergency Café line of kits.

Cari’s mission is to get everyone prepared, and she has been on that mission since 2005.  She has been a guest speaker at several conferences and schools. She was asked to participate in the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference in San Francisco. Her client list is a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.  

Cari’s website, emergencycafe.com was just awarded the 2009 Best Safety Site by Nickelodeon Parent Choice Awards.  Emergency Café backpacks were the “IT” gift this season in the Dancing with the Stars television show gifting suite.  She is also a contributing writer and blogger on many mommy sites including Hot Moms Club, Gurumommy, Twittermoms, City Mommy and Mommy Track’d. In addition she has been featured on several TV shows and has done numerous radio spots as well.  

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