As summer moves in, invites to barbecues, family get-togethers and other fun-filled summer activities come in too. The thought of going out and about with a baby may initially spark feelings of stress, but with a little prep work, you and your baby will be ready to get going with your summer plans. We’ve compiled some tips to help make the process of coming and going go just a little bit smoother.
Let’s start with the necessities. These are items you’ll want to make sure you have on hand whenever you are leaving the house:
Clean Rags or Burp Cloths
Formula or Breast Milk
Papoose or Baby Carrier
Pack Ahead of Time
A great way to ensure you have all of the essentials when heading out is putting together pre-packed book bags. You can keep one bag in each car and have another by the door. In addition to the items listed above, you may also consider including the following items to create the ultimate on-the-go kit:
Kid Friendly Snacks
Empty Ziploc bags
Empty Blue Plastic Grocery Bags
Extra Change of Clothes
Tips for packing.
More is more when it comes to rags. In addition to having a few in each bag, keep one handy in your back pocket so you are ready when a mess arises.
The same idea applies to wipes. It’s best to have plenty on hand because you’ll always need them.
Having your stroller, baby carrier, or papoose near your entry or ready in the car can help create a more efficient transition from house to car.
If your baby is on breast-milk you may want to consider finding a bag that is insulated or has an insulated compartment, especially in the upcoming warm month. This is one item that is best to pack right before you head out the door so it stays cool.
Timing is everything.
Having these pre-packed bags ready to go at all times will allow you and your baby to get in the car and on your way quickly without the fear of forgetting something. The more you can plan ahead of time, the more you will be able to engage with your little one and enjoy your time away from home.