As the mother of a newborn, it can be easy to feel a little isolated. One of the best things you can do is get outside with your baby, no matter what time of year it is. In warm weather, it can be as simple as going to the park. When it's cold, your local community centre, a mom-and-baby fitness class or a "new mom" support group are all good reasons to leave the house.
When you're ready, there's almost nowhere you and your baby can't go together. When you feel up to taking him on a little trip, you'll want to be prepared for any baby mishaps. But for your own enjoyment it's also important to not go overboard and weigh yourself down with a lot of unnecessary stuff.
Things to take for an afternoon outing:
A complete change of clothing including socks
Pack one diaper for every three hours you're away from home, plus one extra
Diaper wipes, not only for baby's dirty diapers, but to allow you to clean yourself up before handling your baby
A plastic storage bag for used diapers and wipes
A towel or cloth diaper to hold under baby's chin when you burp him
A healthy snack and water for mom: These two items are especially important if you're breast-feeding. To maintain your energy, pack something that's easy to carry: an apple, banana, nutrition bar, pretzels, dried fruit, nuts, a bagel, crackers, rice cakes or fruit juice.
For an overnight stay you might also need:
Two extra outfits for every day you'll be away from home, plus one extra. If you're flying, put at least a day's worth in your carry-on luggage.
A baby blanket for extra warmth Extra booties
Check the forecast and you may want to bring other things, too:
Extra blanket and heavy hat to cover your baby's ears if it's cold or windy.
An umbrella or sunscreen: You'll need protection to keep your baby safe, even when it's not hot and sunny. Just remember that sunscreen isn't recommended for babies under six months of age.