orgprophet: they said i was crazy ... this is way different ... way different ... corruption levels have accelerated exponentially with the gfc ... I would love for it to go that long, but it won't .. I'm not looking forward to what is next
Jul 26, 2019 16:33:40 GMT 10
WolfDen: I hope everyone is having a good week!
Jul 31, 2019 18:04:38 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - been away for quite a while - hope you are all well.
Aug 4, 2019 20:52:42 GMT 10
WolfDen: Hi SA. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Aug 5, 2019 0:01:16 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Up to 40mm rain by the weekend - and cold & windy. Stay warm & dry peeps.
Aug 6, 2019 23:02:47 GMT 10
spinifex: Was working out on an exposed hilltop in a paddock when the front came through. Nearly got blown away by a squall that must have been 100kmh. Battling to stand up in it and quite a few trees had large branches snapped off.
Aug 9, 2019 15:46:27 GMT 10
fei: If anyone is wondering how clueless journos are about firearms, have a look at 60 Minutes tonight. Apparently the airsoft gun those lads in Canada played with before their rampage is "one of the closest objects on the market to a realistic machine gun"
Aug 11, 2019 19:02:38 GMT 10
fei: I guess the fact that it fires plastic balls 20 metres makes it really dangerous and realistic
Aug 11, 2019 19:03:17 GMT 10
spinifex: Hi Fei, Good to see you back. Yeah, what a bunch of morons. We all have bigger fish to fry.
Aug 11, 2019 21:31:32 GMT 10
spinifex: Anyone else here watch the David Attenborough show on Climate Change? Pretty depressing. Why worry about gel guns? Or real ones? Looks like my desalination experiments just got more pertinent.
Aug 11, 2019 21:34:46 GMT 10
spinifex: Soon the only reliable water left will be the sea. Evidently there wont be much left living in that either. Bring on the asteroid.
Aug 11, 2019 21:36:14 GMT 10
WolfDen: Hello everybody. Hope you all have had good weekend and ready take this week on!
Aug 12, 2019 19:40:41 GMT 10
SA Hunter: HI all - hope you are well - finally some sunshine after over a week of wet, windy weather.
Aug 13, 2019 9:43:09 GMT 10
thereth: Gday lads, long time no see!
Aug 13, 2019 18:25:49 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi reth - how've you been?
Aug 13, 2019 22:24:22 GMT 10
thereth: yeah good mate, flat out, new house, job and all that since I have been here, thought I would jump back into the lifestyle, the eldest daughter is pretty keen which has given me a push
Aug 13, 2019 22:26:40 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Glad to hear things are working out for you-good to have family on board too.
Aug 14, 2019 17:58:21 GMT 10
thereth: thanks, finally bought a few acres (not sure if I had that last time I was on here) so have been working on getting all that sorted
Aug 14, 2019 18:37:04 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all. Welcome to our newest members.
Aug 17, 2019 19:23:26 GMT 10
Parenting is up there with politics & religion as far as varied and strident opinions out there but I may as well add mine.
A good source of laundry soaker - napisan or whatever you want, is a godsend. Reusable or disposable nappies, they don't always contain what can sometimes be called a 'poo explosion'. Even if you only use disposables, you'll be soaking pants & onesies. For all our reusable nappies all we ever used was napisan + boiling water over it.
I have 3 kids - 8, 5 & 3... Have never once bought formula. All of them were breast fed till 2 years and bringing in solids at 6 months, the little boy at 5 months because he was insistent. Not baby foods, purees or whatever latest product people want to sell you but cooked veggies and fruits. I've never had to modify my food preps beyond keeping more canned veggies because of babies/children.
We found prams to be a nightmare. Get used to a carrier or a sling and you'll not look back. You know exactly where the baby is, can still do things with your hands. Particularly in a bug out situation being used to carrying a child in a sling would be highly beneficial. Slings are very simple and my wife has made a few different ones over the years of varying thicknesses for summer/winter ect. You can get sling rings for quite cheap but in a pinch you can just tie a knot in the material and you're done, just means it's not adjustable.
On the medicines front; +1 on the bonjella. Always keep some liquid panadol on hand, it's amazing for fevers - but has a very short shelf life. When they get a bit bigger, the chew able panadols are great as they have a longer shelf life and always seem to still be in the backup kit when you've forgotten to check the exp on the liquid stuff, it's 3am and you have a kid with a fever.
While babies do make things a bit harder, once they're growing up it's really not too bad. Put the time in, get them outdoors, build resiliency early and even the little ones will be an asset if things go bad. The most important thing tho, as frostbite said, is giving them your time. None of the other shit really matters as much as spending time with them, you'll know exactly what they need, they'll feel secure and don't underestimate what they'll teach you. The insight that a lack of assumptions my children come into situations with has taught me much over the years. Never think of time with them as a chore, they'll give back more than they take.
Last Edit: Apr 19, 2019 16:34:43 GMT 10 by paranoia
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Post by 4leggedmutt on Apr 24, 2019 10:25:32 GMT 10
Congratulations... Lots of baby wipes will come in handy if water scarcity. Come in both scented/unscented variety. Can buy larger heavy duty disposable wash cloths as well nowadays. Nappy liners can help save on time when laundry time rolls around. If baby finds the nappy soaking solution too harsh, (rash results) etc, have other options/brands of baby soap stored, as a back up, just in case....can swap/barter the offending rash-resulting solution for other required items, if/when necessary to adults that are not sensitive. Terry toweling wash cloths all take water/detergent/time to dry etc. Expect an exterior clothes line filled with drying nappies on a daily basis, for approx. 2 years. Ointment to prevent nappy rash. breast fed babies poop often, have plenty of ready-folded nappies close to hand, with other necessary toiletries particular to baby's needs. As toweling nappies are too bulky, can cut down flannel sheets (post winter sales) to size and use these, as disposable nappies will soon run out. Also, think of what / how many safety pins you will need...for the duration. Flannel sheets cut down to size can also be used to wrap new born baby in. Keep a good stock of condoms handy to gift to others when/if necessary, as many will need to think prevention further into any long term SHTF event when no new stock available at stores. Pool shock, as mentioned above in one of the posts, is super strong, needs diluting for use, can't remember the formula off hand to dilute it to same 6% strength that the liquid form is sold in. And this won't start to degrade as fast as the liquid form sold in supermarkets. However, do not store the powdered/granular pool shock/chlorine near metal items, as will corrode same in short time, and best to store where there is good air circulation, yet kept in completely dry conditions/storage. Even kept in dry storage, the pool shock granules do degrade over time, and the plastic bucket it is stored in, also becomes brittle and falls apart. a bug-out bag for baby's essential and immediate needs can be prepared ahead of time. also, a small shoe storage bag that can be hung up, can store all the odds and ends for bath time, the clear plastic allows for easy viewing of items...talc, cotton buds, shampoo, rash ointment, pack of 80 baby wipes etc, if on the move/traveling, and its all in one easy-to-get-to place in eg, a car, with set compartments for each, and then rolled up loosely and packed away till next time.
This is a good thread!...and made me remember past preps I'd wanted to forget lol...all great advice I've read and would add as time goes by and you move past 'baby' stage dont biff any off it as it all makes good trading stuff or has additional usage...call when you want to know about prep for teenagers - I have clubs, guns and pepper spray, lol...
Post by 4leggedmutt on May 1, 2019 23:41:49 GMT 10
Now that made me laugh re prep for teenagers. Once we survive the baby stage, we then are upskilled in surviving the teenage years.
You are so right re demand. The great demand for baby/children's clothes and assorted paraphernalia happens all the time, even in relatively good times such as now, and the demand and desperation will be greater as recession starts to bite more.
Can use any left over baby wipes to keep hands and face clean before sitting down to an outdoors meal if out during the day. Water is heavy to carry and a liter can disappear down one's throat in a short time, hence the b/wipes in a convenient sized packet.
flannel clothes can also be repurposed and cut down smaller for use as sanitary pads for menses time. can also be used as a triangular sling in case some one has injured a shoulder/arm/wrist. can be used to secure a rough splint for a lower limb when outdoors, to get them back to a more resourced first aid station. And so on.
any talc left over can be used to keep feet and between toes dry if out tramping all day. Prevention of fungal foot infections are easier than treatment.
Can use a clean cotton bud to dip into a small container of betadine, and then spread/roll this cotton bud onto the bandaid pad and apply to small cut or laceration, again prevention as early as possible.
Feet that have been in boots all day, swelling and cooling and then heating up again, can use a good moisturizer at the end of each day - as the skin on feet/toes can get dry after being wrapped in socks and boots for days at a time.