Getting out and about with my newborn baby – what do I really need to take with me?

Posted by / Monday 04 July 2016 / Parenting Tips Activities Baby

It's July and so it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors with your baby. We know that you want to be prepared for what life will throw at you but you don't need to take everything!

Here’s our Wigan Parental Outreach Team with their tips for the essentials.


1. Nappies and baby wipes

Your baby may need to change while you’re out, so nappies are always good to have on hand.

Don’t forget a nappy sack so that you can dispose of the dirty nappy responsibly.

Baby wipes are useful for every occasion, whether it’s wiping down a park bench or clearing up spillages.


2. Extra Clothing

Here in the UK, the weather can be unpredictable so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Pack something like a cardigan for if it gets cold and hat for if it’s sunny!

And don’t forget bibs for when you’re feeding baby, and a spare Babygro in case meal time gets a little too messy!


baby with toys

3. Baby milk powder and boiled water

This tip if for if you’re feeding baby from a bottle. Remember it’s best to make up feeds one at a time.

The NHS recommends this to reduce the risk of infection. They also recommend using freshly boiled drinking water from a tap to make up a feed, so avoid using artificially softened water or water that has been boiled before.*

Leave the water to cool in the kettle for no more than 30minutes. This will ensure that it stays at a temperature of at least 70C. Water at this temperature will kill any harmful bacteria. Remember to let the feed cool a little more before you give it to your baby.