Peter: thereth - I mentioned this a while back, but there were implications as to tax, etc. unless a legal entity was created for the forum on its own. I'll try to remember to speak with someone I know who works in this field...
Nov 10, 2019 13:36:13 GMT 10
Chloe: My university is closed tomorrow due to catastrophic fire risks, also exams all canceled for me because of it. Got a catastrophic warning for tomorrow and requiring me to pack a bag and leave the house. Couldn’t imagine the panic on a large scale.
Nov 11, 2019 13:16:59 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Yeah, pretty grim where the fires are - our thoughts & prayers are with all involved.
Nov 11, 2019 16:37:57 GMT 10
spinifex: We now have a bad fire just west of Lincoln. Have already trucked our horses out 50km to get them well out of the way and our fire preps have been finalised. 60km Wind is expected to push it north towards our area later this evening.
Nov 11, 2019 17:43:48 GMT 10
spinifex: The aircraft are doing a tremendous job under very tricky flying conditions.
Nov 11, 2019 17:44:41 GMT 10
Chloe: All the burnt leaves and the strong yellow colouring of the outdoors has been strange, a very eerie feeling. Sending my thoughts out to everyone effected. I couldn’t have windows open due to the smoke around today, was bad enough
Nov 12, 2019 23:05:58 GMT 10
spinifex: We have another Catastrophic fire day looming on wednesday. 43 degrees and high winds. And it isn't even summer yet.
Nov 18, 2019 17:35:52 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - still away, expecting 43c & windy too. Looks ominous!
Nov 18, 2019 19:05:02 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hit 45c at home, 80kph winds. And of course, to keep electricity supplied to the big city Adelaide, our power was turned off till catastrophic conditions ease!!
Nov 20, 2019 15:49:19 GMT 10
spinifex: Interesting that the Adelaide Hills, also with catastrophic conditions, and many more large trees in close proximity to power lines, has had the power ON all day. I think calling our regions power cut a 'safety measure' is BS.
Nov 20, 2019 18:11:32 GMT 10
spinifex: Had the genset running all day keeping power up to computers, phones, fans and fridges. Spent the late afternoon at the beach ... which was very refreshing.
Nov 20, 2019 18:14:13 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Got my genset ready to go - but, can't find the key-turned the house upside down-nothing-grrrr.
Nov 26, 2019 15:40:35 GMT 10
blueshoes: G'day everyone, how are we all going? In Gippsland, it's "Summer" - 2nd December, 8 degrees and pouring rain...
Dec 2, 2019 16:19:56 GMT 10
blueshoes: SAH did you find your keys?
Dec 2, 2019 16:20:08 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi blueshoes - no luck!!
Dec 2, 2019 21:02:25 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.