|Sunscreen||Don’t be caught in the sun without protection for your baby’s sensitive skin. A hat with a wide brim can keep your little one cooler on warm, sunny days, too. |
|Clothing||Always tote at least one clean outfit (socks included!) in case baby has an extra messy diaper or spit up. You’ll also want to have a sweater or jacket that offers warmth in air conditioning or a cooler climate. |
|Burp Cloths||Cloths or a few cloth diapers are great for cleaning spit up and other spills. |
|Blanket||Blankets come in very handy. They can be used as a soft, clean surface to put under your baby, as a wrap to keep him or her warm, or even as a shield draped over the baby’s carrier to keep the sun or wind off your little one. A blanket can even double as a changing pad in a pinch. |
|Snacks/Drinks||If you’re bottlefeeding, be sure to bring plenty of formula and clean water to mix it with. Bring a few jars of baby food for an older infant. It’s better to err on the side of caution and carry enough to last you through an unexpected delay. Additionally, bring a snack and a bottle of water for you, which is especially important if you’re breastfeeding. |
|Hand Sanitizer||A small bottle of this no-water-required cleanser is welcome after diaper changes when there’s no sink available. |
|Toys and Books||Items to entertain your baby can be lifesavers if you're stuck waiting somewhere or your baby is getting fussy. And it’s always helpful to have stuffed animals or lovies your baby likes at naptime.
|Nail Clippers||Clippers made just for your baby’s soft nails are handy when you’re out and notice your little one scratching with too-long nails.
|Disposable Bags||While they aren’t absolutely necessary, plastic bags are convenient for disposing of dirty diapers or storing wet/soiled clothing until you get home. (Just be sure the bags are out of your baby’s reach at all times.)
|Pacifier||If you’ll be out for a while and your little one is comforted by a pacifier, pack a clean one in your bag so it’s at the ready.
|Clean Shirt||If you’re going out for the day and your baby tends to spit up a lot or leaks through diapers, it’s nice to have a clean shirt for yourself, just in case.
|Parenting Book||Have a great book you refer to frequently to find answers to unexpected questions? If you can’t live without it, take it with you.