I remember my first few trips out with my newborn. It felt like it took hours to prepare and I always packed too much and yet still not enough. As my daughter gets older the contents of her diaper bag are continuously changing but I find these 5 tips have applied from newborn to 2 years.
5 Tips to Having a Successful Outing With Your Baby
- Timing Is Everything - From the first trip as a newborn to the zoo outing we had last weekend I found that timing is everything. When making plans for an outing consider things like the last time your child ate, when she will need to eat again and what time does she usually nap? A tired baby is a fussy baby and a hungry baby is even more vocal.
If you can’t squeeze everything in between naps and feeding then set aside time in a quiet place to feed and cuddle your baby. Trying to do it on the go is just going to make you both upset and frazzled.
- Be Prepared - Very few moms can just drop everything and rush out the door without disaster. I know I’m certainly not one of them. My diaper bag needed to be checked at least twice and I like to keep a few staples inside. Aside from a supply of diapers, whipes and bottles, I carry travel sized baby powder and rash creme, a nutrigrain bar for me, a room temp bottle of water, 3 servings of formula, 2 changes of clothes and a bib.
- Bring A Good Blanket- Some of you may have been looking at the list above thinking what about a blanket or car seat cover? Well I thought a good blanket was so important that it got a section all by itself. My daughter is 2 and we still carry a blanket in the car. My husband used to say “why a blanket?” Well honey, a blanket can cover a changing table or take the place of one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used my lap as a changing table because there wasn’t one. A blanket can warm her, cover a public high chair, shield her from wind, and help her sleep in an unfamiliar place. It can used as a toy (peek-a-boo anyone?) or even be used for tummy time when she just gets sick of being cooped up.In short, a blanket is just more than a blanket.I recently discovered the ULTIMATE blanket called the Babee Covee. The Babee Covee is designed by moms which was a huge selling point for me. Plus, it’s the perfect form of function and comfort – a 6 in 1 baby blanket. It does all of the things I need a blanket to do without any of the draw backs like sliding, bunching, or awkwardness. I can’t wait to order it for my sister who is a first time mom to be. Which leads me to my next tip.
- Carry Functional Products - I’m a huge fan of dual purpose items. Like the sippy cups with a snack container attached to the bottom, the Babee Covee or the diaper pads that hold diapers, wipes, and your wallet with some space left for misc items. These products save diaper bag space and make life just a little bit easier.
- Bring Age Appropriate Distractions. It never fails that the minute I set down to have lunch with friends my minnie me decides she is done sitting and needs to play. Thankfully she loves to color or play with my iphone but when she was little it wasn’t always so easy to keep her entertained. I learned to bring along a few toys. I’m a big fan of books that read themselves, play music or light up because they distract babies and toddlers alike.
For new moms this can be a lot to remember and of course they will be times we all forget things. However, before you know it, all of these methods will become second nature — just in time for your baby to think up a whole new bag of tricks to keep you on your toes!
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