You're ready to venture out with your new baby. What will you need to keep your little one fresh and dry?All it takes is a little planning ahead – we've got some tips. Step by step.The best way to get organized is with a good diaper bag – one made to hold all the essentials.There are tons of styles to choose from – sturdy with plenty of pockets is best – choose one that suits mom, dad – or both.Here's your step by step checklist: a large changing pad; plenty of diapers, wipes, and ointment; disposal bags for diapers and wipes; hand sanitizera privacy cloth and breast cream if you're breast feeding; baby bottles and formula if you're bottle feeding; baby food or snacks if baby is old enough for solids;a bib and burp cloth; a change of clothes (or two) for you and your baby; soft toys or a teething ring;a water bottle and snacks for you; sunscreen if you'll be outdoors; and don't forget the camera!
Mom and Baby:
You're stinky! Stinky!
Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician:
Most of the time, options are limited when it comes to changing your baby away from home. The name of the game is improvisation.Scout for the safest surface around. Some public restrooms have changing tables – but you'll want to wipe them off first or line one with a clean towel or changing pad.Car seats or strollers will do in a crunch – a little cramped, but you can maneuver, again using a clean pad underneath.If you're indoors at a public place, be sure to bring your dirty wipes and diaper home in a plastic bag – it's more courteous and doesn't spread germs.Don't forget to restock your supplies each time you return, so you're ready to pick up and go at a moment's notice.It also helps to print out a list and go over it, step by step. For WebMD, I'm Dr. Jennifer Shu.