No matter what, leaving the house as a new mom is tough. You have to consider a million things: how many diapers you’ll need, where the spare onesie is, whether you packed the pacifier. But as a first-time mom living in a big city, I’ve faced some very particular new parent challenges. I rely on walking and public transportation to get around (meaning we don’t have a car), and I live in a one-bedroom apartment with my husband and our new roommate (meaning we don’t have a lot of space).
The good news is that with the right tools at your disposal, you can get around town with a little one. In fact, chugging around my neighborhood with an efficient stroller and nursing cover kind of makes me feel like a supermom, even when I’m practically bathing in spit-up.
A Collapsible Stroller
Some babies have the luxury of being toted around town in a palatial home on wheels. While the Baby Cadillac certainly has a time and place, most moms need something light, collapsible, and easy to maneuver. No one is looking to lug a glorified crib up five flights of steps; with travel models like the Britax B Ready Stroller, you don’t have to.
A Stroller Rain Guard
Trust me -- the only thing worse than being stuck outside your home with a crying infant is being stuck outside your home with a crying infant in the rain. Keep this clear plastic rain shield in your stroller to make those walks just a little more bearable.
A Stroller Cover That Doubles As A Nursing Cover
Cities are beautiful, living organisms. Unfortunately, the downside of maneuvering through them is that your baby is exposed to pretty much everything. Get a stretchy canopy that also doubles as a nursing cover for protection from the sun, strangers, and general sidewalk gunk. Bonus: I’ve found that it is a real baby whisperer when it comes to afternoon napping!
Portable Hand Sanitizer
It’s a fact of motherhood: as soon as you’ve rested your hand on a bus seat covered in mysterious goop, your baby wants to suck your finger. Horrifying, but we’ve all been there. Clip a cute hand sanitizer to the outside of your diaper bag for chic cleanliness.
A Stroller Strap
A Diaper To-Go Kit & Foldable Changing Pad In One
I can’t say enough good things about this portable diaper changing station. My baby absolutely hates being changed in public. While this doesn’t keep the tears away, it does mean I have everything I need to change him at my fingertips, no matter where we are.
A Backpack Instead Of A Diaper Bag
A Travel White Noise Machine
Similar to the stroller canopy, the value of this multi-use product can’t be overstated. A good muslin swaddle is your blanket, burp cloth, tummy time mat, and more. Pro tip: you can never have enough of these puppies. Buy at least three more than you think you need.
Travel Stain Remover
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