A New Parent’s Guide to Heading Out with Baby

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Ready to go out with your new baby? Learn how to ease your outing and make your baby more comfortable.
Air Date: 10/23/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr.Lisa M. Asta, MD
lisa astaLisa M. Asta, M.D., is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for "Kids Health" on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications).

She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University.
A New Parent’s Guide to Heading Out with Baby
Technically speaking, there aren't many items that you would consider a "must-have" for the diaper bag before taking your baby out of the house; especially if you're not planning on strolling far from home.

There are, however, some useful items to have on hand. For instance, plenty of diapers and diaper supplies (powder, rash cream), a change of clothes and, depending on their feeding schedule, bottles and formula or breast milk.

If your child has been a little fussy or showing signs of sickness, you may want to also include certain medications such as fever-reducing or teething remedies.

Alternately, there are other items that have earned their characterization as modern-day conveniences. Strollers that can do everything but fly may be a little much, especially if you're dealing with a budget. Your baby's age can also help determine the type of stroller that is appropriate.

Dr.Lisa M. Asta, MD, shares a few thoughts and suggestions for when you're ready to get on the go again with your newborn, without going over the top.
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