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no power in state and newborn baby

How can you boil water to clean bottles and how to keep baby cool with no air condition? Any suggestions how to do this when the whole state have no electric
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  • I hope you get power back soon!  Do you have a grill you could use to heat water?  Other than leaving baby in diaper only I don't have ideas for keeping him or her cool.  Can you wet some washcloths to put on LO?
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  • kdjuddkdjudd
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    I'm dealing with the exact same thing. I've just been cleaning the bottles with dish soap and cold water. It is really hard to keep the baby cool though. She has been screaming and sweating all day. I don't know what to do... :( 
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  • I don't have a baby so please forgive my ignorance if this is a terrible idea but what about a cool bath?
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  • Yup, boiling water would work :) 

    That sucks you have to power! Yuck. Just keep your LO in their diaper and nothing else. If they seem like they`re getting overheated, you could do a cool bath, or wet washcloths.

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  • You can also do skin to skin time - the same way that we can warm our baby up when she is cold, a mama's skin will cool a baby down who is overheated.  Dad's can't do this though - dad's can only warm up a cool baby.
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  • I second the cool wash clothes idea. Maybe try one of those little battery operated handheld fans?
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  • image MrsGreen620:
    You can also do skin to skin time - the same way that we can warm our baby up when she is cold, a mama's skin will cool a baby down who is overheated.  Dad's can't do this though - dad's can only warm up a cool baby.
    Hmm really?


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  • image ClaireOtoms:
    image MrsGreen620:
    You can also do skin to skin time - the same way that we can warm our baby up when she is cold, a mama's skin will cool a baby down who is overheated.  Dad's can't do this though - dad's can only warm up a cool baby.
    Hmm really?
    Actually, this is true, they told us this at the hospital. I wish I could remember why/how it works. OP, dou you have a gas stove? If not, find a friend or family member who does. They can be lit with a lighter or match and then you can boil water (or cook for that matter).
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  • It will be ok, just think of the many generations of babies that grew up with no power or no a/c. 
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  • When it really gets awful take a drive in an air conditioned car!
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  • Are there any emergency centers with A/C set up in your area?  Or could you get a hotel room or visit out of state relatives? (I'm assuming that a hotel would have a backup generator)
  • Use bottled water (purified, not spring water) and take a thin blanket, stick in freezer where it's still cold, then lay LO on it (after you take it out of the freezer of course lol) or set a bag of frozen veggies in their carseat, crib, or PNP/RNP for a few minutes.
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  • I wouldn't worry about the heat. Before A/C units, babies did just fine. :-) It can get up into the 100's here and most homes have no A/C. Just stay in the shade and keep baby hydrated. A bath and room temp water will be fine also. As for the bottles, just do the best you can to keep them clean.  Hope you get your power back soon.

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  • image Eveamlizya:
    Use bottled water (purified, not spring water) and take a thin blanket, stick in freezer where it's still cold, then lay LO on it (after you take it out of the freezer of course lol) or set a bag of frozen veggies in their carseat, crib, or PNP/RNP for a few minutes.

    It's not cold in her freezer - she has no power.

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    Are you breastfeeding?  Keep him hydrated that way.  

    As for the bottles, do you have access to any hot water?  Boiling each time isn't necessary.  Soap and hot water is sufficient.

    Yes, AC is nice, but many people have kids with no AC.  Stay in the shade and stay hydrated.  Don't overdress LO. 


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