Embarking on the journey of parenthood is a monumental and often scary milestone in life. For those with a survivalist mindset, it comes with its own set of unique challenges and fears.
Even small children can be taught how to assist in a family’s prepping endeavors. Babies and toddlers, on the other hand, present a unique challenge to preppers. This can understandably cause anxiety among even the most hardened preppers.
While we can’t say that the fear is completely unfounded and will go away by following a few simple tips, we can say definitively that there are some ways you can mitigate the challenges that babies and toddlers present for preppers.
Strategically Outfitting Your Survival Nest
Your quest to prep for prepping with a baby begins with the baby gear that you buy. Most people just buy whatever. Not preppers. Preppers give lots of care and thought to the things they purchase. This should include the gear you buy for the new baby arriving in your home soon.
For example, you can opt for baby gear with multiple uses. Convertible cribs, high chairs with storage, and strollers with built-in compartments can save space while ensuring that every item has a dual function in your survivalist arsenal.
Preppers are also used to looking for the best value for their dollar. You should apply this same mindset to purchasing baby gear. Prioritize baby gear made from durable, easy-to-clean materials. In a survival context, where resources may be limited, having gear that withstands wear and tear while being easily maintainable becomes crucial.
When it comes to a survival scenario, one of your biggest concerns is going to be feeding your baby. So consider gridless feeding options such as manual breast pumps, formula with extended shelf life, and portable sterilization devices. Being prepared for potential disruptions to the usual supply chain ensures that your baby’s nutritional needs are met.
Diapering in a Crisis
Who can forget the massive toilet paper shortage of the early COVID-19 days? Well, now imagine that you need to provide sanitation for someone who doesn’t use the toilet and can’t wipe their own butt. Then start preparing for that.
Stockpile diapers in addition to food, water, and medicine. Some may wish to explore alternative diapering solutions like cloth diapers, which can be washed and reused, providing a sustainable option in survival situations.
Diaper rash is a real problem and one that can easily turn deadly for you and your baby alike in a survival scenario. Prevent diaper rash by including diaper rash creams, organic wipes, and powders in your emergency diaper kit. Maintaining your baby’s comfort becomes even more critical during challenging times.
Baby-Safe Bug-Out Bags
It cannot be stressed enough that every member of the family needs their own bugout bag when it’s time to get up and go. This includes your baby or toddler. So get a bag ready for them that includes all the usual items, including some comfort items for the baby, who will likely be all out of sorts thanks to a disruption in his routine.
Prioritize baby-safe medical supplies, including a basic first aid kit designed especially for your baby, baby-safe insect repellent, and baby-friendly hygiene items. Keeping your baby healthy and comfortable is paramount, especially when venturing into unfamiliar or challenging environments.
Prepping for parenthood in a survivalist context demands foresight, resourcefulness, and adaptability. By addressing the unique challenges of new parents through strategic baby gear selection, emergency diaper kits, and baby-safe bug-out bags, you’re laying the foundation for a resilient family unit.
Do you have any experience prepping with a newborn or toddler? Leave your tips in the comments section.