Everything You Need For Summer Outings With Your Baby

If you're heading out this summer with baby in tow, these are the essential items to bring on day or weekend trips

Venturing out with a baby requires you to be prepared for anything. And when you and your little one are away from home for a full day or longer, you’re going to want to have all the essentials plus a few of baby’s favourites to make things go as smoothly as possible. Here’s our list of must-have items to pack for short-term outings with your little one, whether your family is going on a day trip to the zoo or on an out-of-town weekend trip.

Wipes

Wet wipes and disinfecting wipes are great to have on hand at all times. You can use them for everything from diaper time and wiping hands and faces, to cleaning a toy that might have fallen on a dirty floor. We like these wipes from The Honest Co. for their plant-based ingredient list and compact size.

The Honest Co. Travel Wipes, $4 for four packs

First aid kit

It’s a good idea to have any medical necessities on hand, like a thermometer, an infant pain reliever such as Tylenol and any prescription medications your babe might be on.

Portable changing pad

You never know where you might be when you have to change baby’s diaper and there isn't a washroom nearby. A portable changing pad will allow you to clean baby right up pretty much anywhere.

NanaMade Elephant Changing Mat, $36

Ziploc or small bags 

Disposable bags are great for keeping dirty items away from baby’s clean ones. Use small Ziploc or plastic bags for worn clothes, soiled diapers and garbage when you’re away or travelling in a car and don’t have a nearby laundry hamper or trash can to throw them in.

Bibs 

A bib that can be wiped clean is ideal for outings with your little one. You don’t want to worry about washing cloth bibs, so this is the most convenient route to go. We like the Kangaroo soft bibs that have scooped bottoms to catch any crumbs and mess.

Kangaroo 3 Pack Catch All Soft Bib, $12

Extra clothes and diapers

Baby can have an accident or need a diaper changing at any time (he doesn’t care that you dressed him up in his nicest outfit or if you’re in the middle of dinner). Spare clothing and diapers are things you can never have too many of when you’re away from home.

Sleep aid 

Being in an unfamiliar space means that your little one might not fall asleep as easily as usual. A sound soother that’s in the form of either a toy or something small that you can easily bring along with you is nice for helping baby fall asleep anywhere. We like the compact version of Sleep Sheep that can tag along in baby’s stroller or fit right into a diaper bag.

Cloud B Sleep Sheep On the Go, $35

Play space 

When you’re away, the baby needs a space of his own to play. A sports blanket or covered play tent is great for infants that aren’t yet on the move. Either can be placed on the sand while spending the day at the beach or on the grass while picnicking.

Stroller cover

 A sun cover/rain shield that can be attached to the stroller will keep baby protected from the elements while out and about. We like the Jolly Jumper SolarSafe Stroller Net that provides UV protection and fits most strollers.

Jolly Jumper SolarSafe Stroller Net, $15

Blankets

A familiar blanket can help baby fall asleep, provide warmth for him should you enter a chilly air-conditioned building and even act as a source of entertainment for your little one (they're entertained by anthing, really).

Sun care 

Sun protection is crucial, even during car rides. If your baby is under six months, skip the sunscreen and use window shades on car windows to keep the sun from shining on baby during road trips. If he’s older than 6 months, a gentle sunscreen like this one from Badger will protect him from the suns harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Badger Spf 30+ Baby Sunscreen, $30

Favourite toys 

It’s handy to buy a new toy for a trip or to put baby’s favourite toy away in the weeks leading up to the trip before taking it out again. This way, he won’t get bored of it too quickly. It’s also great to bring toys along that can be easily wiped down or washed in a sink, since you may be heading to a sandy beach or other public space. Bonus points if you have toys that you can clip to baby’s clothing or stroller, carrier or car seat so you don’t have to worry about losing them while on-the-go.

Car mirror 

You’ll want one of these for car rides and road trips so that you can keep an eye on baby and he can see you, too!

Britax Back Seat Mirror, $22

Baby carrier

A hands-free carrier will keep baby close to you while allowing your arms and hands to have a full range of motion. Be sure to check out our favourite wraps and slings or carriers to find one that fits your preferences.

Swim diapers 

If you’re heading to the cottage or somewhere with a pool, swim diapers are necessary for accident control. You can use disposable ones or reusable ones like Bummis cloth swim diapers, which come in a variety of adorable prints.

Bummis Swimmi Koi Pond, $16

Portable crib 

If you and your babe are going to be spending the night somewhere other than home, a playard or travel cot that can be quickly packed and assembled is super convenient.

Breast pump 

A portable breast pump, like the Medela Pump In Style, will allow you to pump discreetly while out and about.

Medela Pump In Style, $380

Nursing-friendly clothing 

Last, but not least, you want to be comfortable during your trip, too. If you are breastfeeding, a nursing tank with a loose cover-up or scarf makes things easier, and a pair of tights or jeggings will keep you comfortable during your travels.

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