Making sure your kids are safe when traveling

There are few experiences in life more simultaneously joyful and terrifying than bringing a new baby home from the hospital for the first time. While you surely can’t wait to be out of the maternity ward and headed back home to your own bed and a newly decorated nursery, ready to start your life as a family, it can be pretty overwhelming to think of all the things your new baby needs and everything you’re responsible for now that you’re a parent to a newborn. You’re sure to get good advice from nurses, grandparents, and everybody else under the sun, but just to make sure nothing slips through the cracks, here’s a list of some things you’ll want to remember as you’re preparing to take your baby home for the first time.


First and foremost, you’re not going anywhere with that baby unless you have a safe, properly installed car seat for the ride home. You’ll also want a carrier and a stroller for getting around once you’re out of the car.


Depending on whether you’re planning to breastfeed or bottle feed, you’ll need the right supplies for the task at hand. If it’s the former, you’ll need several nursing bras, pads, lanolin cream, a pump, and several storage bags and bottles. For the latter, make sure you’ve got several bottles and replacement nipples, a cleaning brush, and whatever formula your pediatrician recommended. Either way, make sure you’ve got plenty of burp cloths, too.


Make sure you’ve got a crib that meets up to date safety standards, a mattress and bedding, lots of blankets and mattress pads, and a waterproof liner. If you plan on letting your baby have a pacifier, make sure you’ve got plenty.


The weather and season will have a lot to say about what clothing is absolutely essential for your first few days home from the hospital, but make sure you have a good supply of sleeping outfits, shirts, onesies, socks, some warm outerwear, and a cap.


You’ll need an infant bathtub, towels and washcloths, nail clippers, baby wash and shampoo. While you’re covering bathroom essentials, make sure you’ve got a thermometer, diaper ointment, and a nasal aspirator. Petroleum jelly, cotton swabs, and rubbing alcohol might also be useful to have ready to go, as well as some infant Tylenol.

And of course…

Diapers, plenty of diapers, and a diaper bag. Make sure you know what brand and size fits well before you invest in too many!

Obviously, this list barely begins to cover all of the many things you’ll need to give your baby a happy, comfortable home, but if you’ve got the items on this list covered you probably won’t experience any sudden moments of panic from realizing you forgot something that you and your baby can’t live without. And if you forget something and have to make a midnight run to the nearest 24-hour superstore, well, that’s what you signed up for when you decided to become a parent, right?