How to stay sane on a day trip with your baby


McKenzie Stamper

posted in Toddlerhood

Taking a day trip with your baby can be pretty intimidating, even disastrous if you do not come prepared. Going out with a baby unprepared is like going to the beach mid-summer without your sunblock. In other words, you will get burned…badly! It can turn a fun day into a stressful downward spiral.

Something I learned along the way is to keep a basket, oversized bag, or box filled with essentials in my car. I call this my go-bag. I started out with a large beach bag, and have since moved on to a basket. I recommend anything with handles as it makes for easy maneuvering in and out of the car, and back into the trunk area. My go-bag has made life so much easier, and gives me more time to enjoy outings stress-free with my sweet babies.

My go-bag also eliminates stops if the kids get hungry, soak their outfit (my 3-year-old has a habit of lying in puddles at the park), or if I run out of diapers or wipes. Spilled coffee on your shirt in the car? Forget having to just deal with it; you’re already prepared with an extra change of clothes.

One item I am constantly having to replenish: Mott’s Unsweetened Applesauce pouches. My kids slam these like nobody’s business. It’s the one item I have learned to buy in bulk, otherwise I get some really unhappy children. These pouches are a quick and easy snack, and I don’t have to feel bad about my kids constantly eating them. They have a good amount of vitamin C and there’s no added sugar unlike most kid-favorite snacks. Shhh, don’t tell my kids!

Mom Tip: Do not store your box of Mott’s pouches on the bottom shelf of your pantry. It took 2 days for me to realize my 3-year-old had been sneaking these up to his room and hiding the empty pouches under his bed. There were 7 of them under there; so, yeah. Luckily they are unsweetened, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

I have two children, 1 and 3-and-a-half years old. For the most part, they both like the same stuff, so I don’t have to pack too many different items. Also, since I keep my go-bag in my car, it makes for really easy rides when you’ve got back seat screamers. Just pass them a pouch, and voila! Silence.

Remember to keep things in your go-bag that won’t spoil. When I get to our destination, I usually take out what I need for my stroller or diaper bag. When I get low on certain items, I replenish them when we get home.

Bonus: You’ll get brownie points for being mom of the year from Dad and your babysitter for having a go-bag!

Here are some items I suggest keeping in your go-bag:

• A picnic blanket
Mott’s Unsweetened Applesauce
• Juice boxes
• Water
• Change of clothes for each child AND Mom
• Diapers and wipes
• Snack bags with dry snacks for babies and Mom
• Sunscreen
• Hand sanitizer
• A toy or ball
• Fruit snacks (for bribing purposes)
• Tylenol (for Mom and the kids)

And if that doesn’t keep you sane enough, I suggest making yourself a nice big cup of iced coffee and turning on your favorite playlist. Always does the trick for me.

What items keep you sane on an outing with your little ones?

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This post is sponsored by Mott’s. All opinions are truthful and my own.

Images by McKenzie Stamper