The size and type of bag will depend on how long you're away from home. Most nappy bags are about the size of a medium to large handbag and are generally able to cover you for a picnic or social call. Day trips, however, might call for an additional or bigger bag.
Keep in mind that if you're taking a pram you'll probably have additional storage space.
- Pack at least two, ideally three changes of clothes – warm onesies are usually sufficient
- In case of cold weather, pack at least one change of jacket/beanie/socks/mittens in addition to what your newborn wears when they leave the house
- Although babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight, pack a hat just in case
- A changing mat
- A box of wipes
- Between 6 to 12 nappies (you'll know how frequently your baby needs changing)
- A bag for soiled nappies, clothing and blankets
- Two or three blankets, their thickness dependent on the temperature
- Toys or soothers, depending on your baby's age
- 2 to 3 bibs or cloths for burping
- Packaged or canned formula, if formula-fed
- Water bottle for mixing
- If you choose to, a blanket for public feeding
- Nappy lotion
- Any medication your baby needs
- Age-appropriate fever reducing medicine (for emergencies)
- Tissues or cotton balls
- Hand sanitiser
For mum or dad
- Water bottle
- Light snacks
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Contact details of your medical professional or centre on a card
Isn't it better to just stay at home until my baby gets older?
Especially after a long pregnancy and the exertion of labour, staying home and getting to know your baby might be all you want to do. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with that – in fact, it's to be expected – there are a range of other considerations to make.
Leaving the house can be good for your mental, physical and emotional health. And during these formative months of your baby's life, where so much of their wellbeing is reliant on you, what's good for you is good for them. Do consider how beneficial socialising and exercising – even if it is low intensity – can be for you and your family. If you're feeling confident and up for it, you can leave the house together from day one.