Getting out of the house for the first time with a new baby felt so liberating. That lasted about a block, until I realized I hadn’t brought diapers, wipes, or a bottle with me. Oops! If I’d known then what I know now about packing for your baby’s first stroller outing, I might have had a whole day of fresh air and freedom. So y’all, here I am to give you the benefit of my experience!
Prepare for the Unexpected
Even if you plan a short outing, it could unexpectedly turn into a long one. Running into a chatty friend or dodging interference from curious folks who want a peek at your precious baby can slow you down. You may decide you can get away with ducking into the corner store for just a minute, and suddenly you find yourself in line with a howling, hungry baby. You know what? It may be a pain to lug around, but a huge baby bag can be a great buffer against these unforeseen obstacles. Not only does it keep people farther away from your baby, but digging around in there shows those shade-throwing strangers that you’re trying, for heaven’s sake. You’ll find that dang bottle or pacifier way down at the bottom of your bag, for sure!
Expect your baby to need at least one, if not more, diaper changes during your outing. Even if you fed and changed them before you set up the stroller and settled in and secured the baby, there’s no guarantee they won’t loudly demand another feeding while you’re out. Many breastfeeding moms have been stuck out in public with a wailing wiggly one who will not be soothed by anything except what’s under her shirt. Luckily, many strollers covers double as wearable nursing covers for moms who must breastfeed in public.
Ok, let’s get down to it. Don’t leave the house for even a short outing with your baby unless you have:
- A new pack of wipes in a resealable package
- At least 5 diapers. You know your little darling will make that adorable face and fill up the clean one you just put on!
- Diaper rash cream
- Nursing cover
- Bottles, if you use them, and a way to keep them cool
- Pacifiers (plural, because your budding right fielder can fling those things!)
- A change of clothes for the baby
- Sunglasses and a hat for the baby, and water for you
- A changing pad or extra blanket. Sometimes the lawn in the park or your lap is a better alternative to a germy changing table in a shop’s restroom.
Good luck preparing for your baby’s first stroller outing, and try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Both you and baby will get the hang of it after the first few outings.