What to pack when leaving the house with a newborn
By Kidspot Team |
What to pack when leaving the house with a newborn

The first time you pack for a day-out with your baby it might seem like you're packing for a week-long holiday. But it's best to be prepared and to ensure that you have everything you need in your nappy bag - no matter what situation arises.

Nappies and clothes:

  • 6-10 Newborn Nappies (depending on the length of your outing)
  • Baby wipes. You can buy ‘travel packs’, or decant some of your home supply into a resealable bag. 
  • Changing pad (and small towel if baby doesn't appreciate the cold mat!)
  • 2 or 3 changes of clothes for the inevitable vomit mess or bowel explosion 
  • 1 or 2 extra pairs of socks 
  • Weather-appropriate accessories like a warm winter hat, a wide-brimmed summer hat, and/or mittens 
  • Blankets -- heavy and/or lightweight, depending on the season 
  • Bag(s) for soiled clothes and nappies

Comfort Items:

If your baby starts to develop an attachment to a blanket or stuffed animal, we recommend buying two of the item - one for the nappy bag, one for home. That way there's less of a chance of losing it and it'll be easier to swap and wash when one gets dirty .

  • Small toy, rattle or cloth book 
  • Soothers, if you're using them

Feeding:

For breastfed babies:

  • A blanket or cloth to cover you (if you so desire) for public feeding sessions 
  • 2-3 bibs
  • Burp cloth
  • Easy snacks and water for you

For formula-fed babies:

  • Bottles 
  • Cans or packets of formula
  • Boiled water if using powdered or concentrated formula

Baby products for safety and hygiene:

  • Nappy cream ointment
  • Cotton balls/tissues
  • Baby sunblock 
  • Hand sanitiser (for you and guests, not for the baby!) 
  • An emergency card with contact information

 

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Written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading pregnancy and parenting resource.

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