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Remember what it was like leaving the house before baby? Grab your bag, keys, jacket, and you’re out. You can literally be out of the house at the drop of a hat…the good ‘ol days.
Well now you’ve got your little bundle of love to accompany you everywhere, and fear not; leaving the house with your baby for the first time doesn’t have to be a daunting and anxiously anticipated task, especially with a handy little checklist. Mom’s first outing alone with the baby is bound to bring some unforeseen issues, so it’s best to bring the essentials (and maybe some things you may need in an emergency poo-splosion). Now, you don’t want an overloaded diaper back, mostly because there is nothing more frustrating than balancing a carseat on one arm and trying to shuffle through the bag to find your keys (that always seem to be in the very bottom, buried deep beneath a boat-load of baby stuff). So try to follow this list to keep and organized bag, a happy and prepared baby, and hopefully a stressful outing for mommy!
1.) Diapers (duh.)
Yes you’re bound to have to change one or two nappy’s while you’re out. This is why every women’s bathroom has those lovely (gross) diaper changing pull down tables…which brings me to my next point.
2.) Baby wipes/Lysol wipes/ and a personal changing mat
No one likes a public restroom, giving the array of crawling and creeping germs in every corner. But alas, it must be used once or twice to change a diaper, so let’s make sure it’s as clean as we can make it. Wipe down the actual changing table with the Lysol wipes first THEN put your own personal changing map down (preferably one of those nice, thick, waterproof ones.) Clean baby’s bum, and once you’re all done, wipe down your changing mat (front and back) with the Lysol wipes. Boom, you’re back cruising the Target aisles with a clean babe.
3.) A bottle of breastmilk or formula
Depending on how long you’re gone, you can simply store the bottle in your purse at room temperature (2 hours max). Any longer, and I suggest a little foldable lunch-bag cooler. Some even have clips so you can secure right to the handle of your diaper bag. If you’re baby is like mine, you might have a breastmilk diva on your hands, who needs the milk in the bottle to be a perfect temperature. Generally there are no heating devices, so I’ve take up the #normalizebreastfeeding movement stance, and I proudly feed my daughter in public. Or, if you have mommy super powers and are really good at timing things…you can simply time the hours which you leave the house and you know your little one won’t be hungry.
4.) Pacifier/binky/dummy (whatever you want to call it)
Some mommy’s don’t like them, but hey, when my baby is fussing in the middle of the checkout line…whip out the binky and put it in, she absolutely loves her (and it helps soothe until you can get her elsewhere).
5.) Extra change of clothes (seriously, don’t forget it.)
There’s nothing worse than having a major public poo-splosion on your hands and then realizing…sh**, I have no clothes for baby. And do not, for the love of God, underestimate the power of a poo-splosion. Your baby will bust out of that diaper and all over the cute flowered dress that she wore for the occasion. But you, all prepared and such, have diligently packed an extra onesie and a little pair of pants. Good for you! Clean her up, and you’re back on your way.
So these are really the *essentials*. I know there are a lot of other useful things to pack in your bag like:
-entertainment (rattles, shakers, etc)
-hats, socks, etc
-burp rags, bibs
I feel like these are the things that might be okay to forget once in awhile. However, the five listed things for your diaper bag are a must have in my opinion. I wouldn’t be caught out of the house without them!
And there you are! I hope your first outing is beautiful, stress-free, and provides you with the confidence to tackle any future outings with your little babe…enjoy!
Note: I bought this amazing Eddie Bauer bag from Amazon. It's super cute, spacious, and it comes with that handy dandy waterproof changing pad I mentioned. I'm a hands-free, backpack type of person, so this thing is perfect!