Wondering what a day out for babies would look like? Then we have got you covered. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend the 1994 family comedy Baby’s Day Out for inspiration (so cute)! ( This baby escaped from his parents, FYI.)
Planning a day out for babies is a fantastic idea. However, a day out for babies is not without its challenges. It can be super stressful taking your two year old or newborn out and about. Not to mention, it is even more challenging if you are coordinating multiple children/babies. There is a not a lot of advice for parents on this matter. However, with experience you and your baby will be leading the babies day out movement. Overall, a babies day out is beneficial to you and your young one. You will be creating life lasting memories for your family. Although, your baby will likely have no memory of their babies day out…
Below are six things to help with planning a perfect day out for babies.
1. Pick an Outing
What to do, what to do, what to do? There is no shortage of activities for you and your little on your babies day out adventure. In selecting an outing, you have to keep in mind what will be both an enjoyable and safe experience for them. Consider packing a picnic and going to the park; you can bring your dog or read books while you and your baby get in some quality nature time. There is also the pool, just bring plenty of sunscreen and diapers. There is also the zoo, aquarium, conservatories, and animal farms. You can also consider taking a class, like Mommy and Me Yoga. ( Your baby will be squealing with delight on any of these babies day out.)
2. Be Strategic
Organization is key on your babies day out. You need to have your outing in mind, so you can pack accordingly. With children this can be hard to do. Your little guys likely leave their clothes and toys at home, in the car, EVERYWHERE. The night before you can do little things in advance like having their clothes laid out the night before or the car loaded with toys, backpacks, etc. Don;t forget diaper bags or formula. Even an extra set of clothes can come in handy.
3. Pack Snacks!!
You and your child will be thankful to you for packing snack for your babies day out. Children fluctuate with their appetites. Maybe you went to the park and your baby gives you their hungry cry. Give them a juice box and some crackers. They will be energized and likely distracted. You can enjoy your day out for babies longer with the proper fuel. Plus, maybe your baby is a picky eater. You will want something to tide them over until you can give them their normal food. Also, don’t forget to pack your own snacks.
4. Bring Along Another Adult
The easiest way to have a successful day out for babies is to bring a hostage. Yes, bring another adult like a partner, friend, or family member. Even though mothers have eyes in the back of their head, they can use the help especially if you are navigating a big or strange city or venue. Maybe you have a friend with kids. Then, it becomes a day out for babies play date. You will always get a “play date” or some time to bond with your own friends. You still have your own social life after all…
Timing is very important on your day out for babies. Babies as we all know need naps. Your outing might be too long if your baby starts to feel strained. You also might feel strained if you day of fun runs too long. Have a mental sense of how many hours you are going to devote to this activity. And if it rains, considering saving for another date. The weather could be a major factor for your day out. Also, if you have a long car trip, make sure you have plenty of distractions for your baby like toys, coloring books, movies, etc.
For some car tunes read:13 Classic Songs for Toddlers You Should Have in Your Playlist
6. Wipes, Wipes, and Then Some
This likely goes without saying, you can never have too many wipes. Kids have “‘jam hands” perpetually. They are always sticky and sometimes for no reason. Kids are still building their immune systems. You may not be near a vicinity where they can wash their hands, so make sure you have hand sanitizer so they don’t touch a subway pole and then their mouths. Also, pack extra clothes, diapers, and wipes. You will be prepared for any oncoming disasters like the super mom that you are!!!