Baby advice: What to pack for an outing

For a mom with a baby, an outing can be stressful and exhausting. But if you’re prepared, you can also enjoy the day.

Baby’s nappy bag

  • Pack the number of nappies you’ll need plus an extra two, for in case
  • Baby wipes for cleaning bottom, grubby face and hands
  • Bum cream
  • Sealable or disposable bags for soiled nappies, dirty clothes and rubbish
  • Burp cloth or bibs to wipe dribbles
  • Sunscreen and a hat if you’re going to be outside
  • Food to nibble on – soft fruits, such as bananas and pears if baby is on solids, mashed in a small plastic bowl
  • Receiving blanket to give you privacy when you’re breastfeeding and to put baby on when it’s time for a nappy change
  • Bottles and formula, if you’re not breastfeeding. Pre-measure formula in containers and take pre-boiled, cooled water in a flask.
  • Dummy, with an extra in case one gets lost
  • Change of clothes for emergencies, rolled into a tight bundle for easy packing

In your handbag

  • Spare change for treats
  • Bottle of water
  • Snacks such as biltong or dried fruit
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Small toys
  • Emergency card with contact information
  • ID book just in case
  • Cellphone to take pictures or communicate
  • Glasses and sunglasses
  • Hat, if you’re going to be outside
  • Notebook and pen


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