How to Leave the House With a New Baby

Leaving the house with a new baby can feel incredibly daunting! How will I feed my baby in public? Where will I change her? What happens if we don’t get home for nap time? Other people will be upset by him crying!



In the first few weeks, you don't really want to leave home too much at all. But eventually the walls start closing in and it will come time to venture out into the world...with a brand new baby and the kitchen sink in tow!


First things first. Accept that things will not go according to plan. You will forget something. You will be late. There will be a feeding emergency and likely a poo explosion too! Your baby will cry in public. You will need to leave halfway through an event. Or stop halfway to the event. Naps will be interrupted. Babies are unpredictable at the best of times!


"So how on earth do I manage this?" I hear you asking. Well you've come to the right place! Preparation and planning are absolutely key!


Step 1 - Pick a starting point

Step 2 - Enlist help

Step 3 - Be prepared

Step 4 - Have a back up plan


Step 1 - Pick a Starting Point

  • Practice feeding your baby & changing nappies in the car in your driveway

  • Get familiar with your breastfeeding clothes at home

  • Live out of your nappy bag only for 4 hours at home

  • Put baby in the carrier or pram and walk around the block

  • Leave the house when baby is crying - even if you only walk to the end of the driveway and back!

Step 2 - Enlist help

  • Enlist the help of a friend to take baby out in the car

  • Visit your friends or family at their home

  • Ask one of your friends out for coffee on the condition that they don't let you cancel!

  • Find your local library and go to baby rhyme or story time

  • Join your local ABA group (you can find your local group here https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/contacts/groups)


Step 3 - Be prepared Take a well stocked nappy bag

o Nappies x6 o Wipes o Travel size nappy cream o Plastic nappy bags for disposal o Travel change mat o Hand sanitiser o Change of baby clothes x2 eg. x2 singlets, x2 onesies o Change of shirt for mum o Large Ziploc/plastic bags x2 o Dummy x2 (if using) o Small toys x2 o Thin wrap and thick wrap o Tissues o Baby sunscreen and hat o Bibs or burp cloths x2


For breastfeeding o Breast pads o Nipple cream For bottle feeding o Expressed breastmilk in two bottles in a thermo bag (cold or fresh pumped) o Or cooled boiled water in two bottles o Measured formula for two feeds


For mum

o Keys, phone, purse, lip balm, mints, sunglasses, snacks, water

o Phone charger cable, book or magazine or ebook/audio book loaded onto phone


Step 4 - Have a back up plan

  • Always allow extra time to get there

  • Meet up in outdoor venues where you will have more space and feel less worried about bothering other people if your baby cries

  • Order your drinks to go, even if you sit in the café to drink them

  • Go outside of peak times