You finally have that beautiful new bundle settled in at home and got your routine underway. Now you have to face the new challenge of leaving the house with baby! The first few times can be an overwhelming experience with the sheer responsibility of care and knowing what to have with you. We have taken the guesswork out of it, here is what to pack for baby when you leave the house.
What to Pack for Baby…
1. Several changes of clothes
Wee ones have a habit of spitting up all over one set of clothes, then poo-nami-ing in another. Make sure you are prepared with multiple sets! Make sure you include multiple socks, mittens and bodysuits too!
2. Nappies and nappy cream
Make sure you have a good supply with you (at least 6) as those little bowels can be very efficient! It’s also a good idea to have a change mat or cloth with you to lie baby on while changing them.
Baby wipes are an amazing invention! They are not just for wiping baby’s bottom (while of course that is their main function), they clean questionable surfaces that you are going to lie baby on (like the counter in a parent’s room), they clean sticky café highchairs, they clean grubby tables and they are great for older kiddy’s hands and faces! Instead of bringing your massive packet from home, put a stack into a zip lock bag to take out with you.
Have a couple with you. They are not only great for keeping baby warm, but you can lie baby on them if they need a little kick.
5. Feeding Paraphernalia
Baby is going to get hungry, so make sure you have your feeding bra on, or pack a good supply of bottles and formula. You should also pack several bibs and burp cloths. Most importantly, make sure you have a bottle of water for you in there!
6. Seasonal items
Hats, warm blankets and layers for winter. Sunhat, sunblock and sunglasses for summer.
7. Comfort Items
Any special snuggly toys or blankets, their pacifier (if they have one).
8. Plastic bags
Don’t leave the house without a couple of these in your bag. They are great for popping in wet or soiled clothes, disposing of nappies or wrapping a half drunk bottle in.
9. Hand Sanitizer
This one is obviously for the adults, but just in case you are somewhere that doesn’t have easy access for hand washing.
It may seem like you are moving out of home when you pack your baby bag, but it is best to be prepared!
Did you pack anything else in your baby bag that we have missed? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page!
Gemma is a kiwi Mum of one and is the Editor for The Baby View. She also works with preschool children, loves cooking, loves sunshine, loves chocolate and loses countless hours at a time looking at cute baby pictures on Instagram!