Diaper bags, or any old bag you use to lug baby's gear around in should contain some basics; but there's...
Diaper bags, or any old bag you use to lug baby's gear around in should contain some basics; but there's no reason to overload your bag. Trust me, no one ever needed the kitchen sink on a baby outing. Stuff you need in your diaper bag:
  • Diapers (really!)
  • Wipes - just a small case. In a pinch, you can always use wet paper towels.
  • ONE decent baby toy - preferably a favorite.
  • Formula, if you're not breastfeeding.
  • A burp rag.
  • One extra outfit including one extra pair of socks and a hat. If it's chilly take a knit hat; summer, take a sun hat.
  • Tiny bottle of baby sunscreen. You can use the same sunscreen to save space.
  • Pacifier if your baby uses one.
  • Two small snacks if your baby is on solids.
Stuff you can leave at home:
  • Any toys besides the one above. Babies are perfectly happy with your keys or a leaf from a tree. Tons o' toys are not necessary.
  • Diaper rash cream - unless your baby is seriously affected with diaper rash, and then maybe you shouldn't be going out in the first place.
  • Any medications. Those tiny bottles can take up valuable space, and no baby ever got sick on a quick trip to the park. If you're gone for less than half a day, don't take items from the medicine cabinet.
  • Bibs and lots of clothing.
  • Shoes.
Maybe item: A blanket. Some mamas I know think this is overkill. However, I always took a lightweight receiving blanket on outings though. It can double as a play mat at the park, a sun cover for your baby's face, and if things get extra messy, a clean-up cloth. Plus, my little one slept better with a blanket to hold than without, so... It's really your call. You don't need on, but sometimes it's nice. Also read: Nervous about baby outings?

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