Use Lists to Simplify Getting Out of the House with a New Baby

Use Lists to Simplify Getting Out of the House with a New Baby

You don’t know what you don’t know… until you know. Such is the case with running errands, taking trips, and generally getting out of the house with a new baby in tow. New parents tend to pack the kitchen sink when going out and about with their first baby, while experienced parents learn to take the bare-bones-basics. Either way, creating “out the door” lists for various types of outings can help get you out more quickly and with everything you need, or at least, the things you think you need but later learn you can live without. 

Out-the-Door with Baby Lists

Your lists will of course vary. Use the following as starting points, then personalize according to you, your baby, and your destination’s needs. 

Quick Outing/Errand

  • Baby wearing carrier 
  • Stroller
  • Diapers & wipes; wet bag for cloth diapers
  • Changing mat/pad
  • Change of clothes 
  • Burp cloth
  • Blanket
  • Small toy
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water & snacks (for you)
  • Breast pads

Half-day/All-day Outing

  • Baby wearing carrier 
  • Stroller
  • Several diapers & wipes; wet bag for cloth diapers
  • Changing mat/pad
  • 2-3 changes of clothes 
  • Blanket
  • Small toy
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water & snacks (for you)
  • Breast pads
  • First aid kit & any relevant medicine

Overnight Outing

  • Baby wearing carrier 
  • Stroller
  • Diapers for each day, plus extras
  • Wipes
  • 2 changes of clothes for each day
  • Pajamas for each night
  • Bedtime book
  • 1-2 small toys
  • Blanket
  • Hand sanitizer
  • 2-3 burp cloths
  • Play/lay mat or baby chair 
  • Breast pump & bottles, if applicable
  • Pacifiers, if applicable
  • Seasonal gear (hats, etc. for cold; swim for warm/water) 
  • First aid kit & relevant medicine 
  • Water & snacks (for you)
  • Baby monitor
  • Sleep sack

 

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