Protecting babies inside a home means there are extra variables, and the circumstances are more complex if an intruder enters your home. Barret Kendrick of Bearco Training offers tips about home defense with a baby or babies in the home.
Barret notes that his advice doesn’t apply only to home-defense scenarios but also to any situation where you need to escape a position with a baby, for example in the event of a fire. In addition, Barret emphasizes this advice doesn’t apply to a 9-year-old. He’s strictly talking about infants and babies small enough to carry easily.
If you need to move to a baby’s room where the baby is asleep in a crib, and you’ve already got your firearm, why do you then need to move to another location? Barret advises barricading in place in this room and calling 911 from there.
But if you do need to move from the safety of that room or any other room, one thing that can make moving with a baby easier is using a Moses basket or other type of basket. Just make sure it has handles and you have a blanket in the basket so you can tuck the baby in and it will hold the baby.
Stage such a basket in the baby’s room, so if you need to take action, the basket is ready to go and you’re not scrambling to find something appropriate in the middle of a home invasion.
With the basket and the baby tucked inside, you’ve got a portable situation. You can put the basket down if you need to do something with both hands, and you can’t do that if you’re holding the baby on his/her own. And if you need to move quickly, carrying the baby safely inside a basket is much better than him/her squirming in your arms.
Are you already past the baby phase? Older kids at home? We have videos on including your children in your family defense plans: Immediate Action Plan for a Home Invasion is just one of them.