Growing up in California storms are big news and sometimes over hyped and the ones that do live up to the predictions are disastrous. I’ve been ignoring the possibility that we may get a blizzard (Denial? Yup, I think so) then I realized last night it is better to be safe then sorry.
This list via Red Cross is quite a lot, for apartment dwellers you may not need what someone with a home may need. Although this list may seem extreme ..remember not all of us took Sandy seriously. So gage what you think you may need for your home especially since we have kiddies to take care of.
Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves.
For a pdf of this list that includes during and post storm, click here.
Photo: Garance Dore
Living in tight spaces is pretty normal for us city dwellers however it can be challenging when space is an issue period. If you are gearing up for your first baby or making room for another addition and space is even more precious these 7 items are the perfect space savers.
1. This table is a bit of an investment but worth it if design and saving space is a priority in your home. NOGA Changing Table via Charlie Crane.
2. This collapsible tub is designed to expand and grow from newborn to toddlerhood. It stores easily which is a plus when you start seeing all the baby gadgets start to pile up. Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub via Giggle.
3. Living in New York I've met my share of parents who converted a closet into a baby nursery. The Alma Mini Crib is much smaller than a standard-sized crib, it also folds for storage when not using. Since the mattress is mini the Alma Mini Body-Fit Spring Mattress can also be purchased. Bloom Alma Mini Crib via Giggle.
4. When space is really tight or just looking for an highchair that will not overwhelm the dinner table this highchair clips to almost any table up to 3.5" thick. The plus is ultra-light and easy to install. Inglesina 2010 Fast Table Chair - Fiamma via Amazon.
5. Designed for toddler beds however this can be used to store on a changing table or even on a hanger in a closet with some daily essentials such as babywipes, q-tips. STICKAT Bed pocket via IKEA (available in stores only).
6. This little gadget will hold most stroller models up to 40 pounds making it a perfect tool for small homes/apartments where any space is precious. StrollAway Over the Door Stroller Storage Hanger( Available in white) via Amazon.
7. I personally own this easy to stash bassinet. I have used it when we have had babies pop on over for a visit, it literally takes minutes to put together. A great buy if you wish to move the bassinet from one spot to another or stash away when you have company. Chicco Lullago Portable Bassinet via Target.
Updated post 2017
Post by Donna
We all know that with children, especially under 5, a few months can make a huge difference in their development. The difference between a 6 month old and 12 month old is huge! The same for an 18 month or a 23 month old. These 30 day monthly increments really matter.
My children are 22 months apart. So my daughter wasn't even 2 when my son was born. But, as they get older, they are simply '2 years apart'. They will be 2 years apart in school. They will be 10 and 12. But, at 0 and 22 months they might as well have been twins. Haha. But seriously, my daughter was still a baby herself when she became a big sister.
I have a few mamas in my life that recently, or are about to, have become a mama of two.
Here are my words of wisdom.... especially for those with less than 2 years between children, but many things can apply to a larger age difference.
1. Your first born is still little. I found it was helpful not to push the 'big girl' thing on my daughter. I had two babies! Baby girl and baby boy. If you have two of the same gender, it can be baby X and baby Y. My baby girl did some things, and my baby boy did other things. I literally wanted to choke people who would say to my daughter, 'oh, Mommy had a baby, now you are the big girl.' Um, no. No she's not. When she is ready, sure. But I didn't push that on her and I really disliked and discouraged people from saying that to her.
2. I never pushed my daughter to be my helper. If I needed a burp cloth, I got up and got one. If I needed a diaper, I got up and got one. Adults telling my daughter, 'Mommy had a baby, you need to be her helper!' made me cringe. MOMMY had the baby, not her. It is not up to her to all of a sudden help me in caring for a newborn. Did she want to help sometimes? Yes. And of course I let her be involved when she wanted, but I never expected her to be my live in nanny.
3. Someone gave me this advice, and I love to pass it on. If both children are crying, go to the older one first. The older one will 'remember' that you ignored them to tend to the baby. Comfort the older one first and let the little one cry a bit. It will be ok. Repeat that to yourself, it will be ok.
4. A big thing that was very important to me was that I didn't push my daughter to give up things. She was still happily sleeping (12+ hours) in her crib. Why take that away? We got a mini crib for my son, or you can get a bassinet, or a co-sleeper, or maybe even a second full size crib if you have the room. When she was ready for a toddler bed, we moved her into that and moved my son into the full size crib. It worked wonderfully for us that she never felt she was being pushed out - and in fact, felt like the 'big girl' that was giving her brother something vs. something being taken from her to be given to him.
5. Speaking of gear, do you remember how much gear a newborn can have? Swings. Bouncy seats. Vibrating seats. Pack n plays. Floor mats. It can be endless. I set all of these things up about a month before I was due, this way my daughter could get used to all of this 'stuff' all over the house, and, in our case, sit in it, play with it, enjoy it - before it had an occupant.
Keep in mind their home is about to change, so, introducing some things in advance can lessen the blow. As tricky as it can be, go easy on yourself. Did my daughter miss some park time while I was busy dealing with newborn 'stuff'? Sure. But, eventually we got our act together and we headed out everyday. My son happily slept in the stroller while my daughter ran around the playground. It worked. Regardless of a few blips in the road, her life slowly went to her new normal. Not the same as it was before, but, not drastically different. And when she was ready to declare herself a 'big girl' we all welcomed her into that phase of her life.
Post by Erica Young
Original post 12/14