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5 things to remember while stepping out with your baby.

Although parenting advice is freely available, most of it is actually learnt on the fly. Make checklists to reduce some of the uncertainty that goes with this job, and use them until they become second nature.

Here are 5 guidelines for keeping your bundle of joy cozy when you are away from home.

1. Pack for the weather.
Check the weather for the place you are visiting and let that dictate your baby’s wardrobe. If it’s cold, carry woolens and ensure that your infant is fully geared with monkey caps, socks, and those tiny cute hand gloves.

If you’re heading to a sunny place, carry cotton clothes and lots of sunscreen, umbrella, and hats for your baby.

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For your tiny tot, definitely put comfort over appearance, because the unusual weather could make them vulnerable. For example, cute cardigans and jackets are great if they are soft and breathable.

2. Don't disturb the infant’s routine.
Take care and make sure that the routine is not disturbed if you are planning to go out for a day or two. Ensure that the food time and bed-time are maintained so that the baby does not become cranky. Remember to carry a pack of diapers, as you might not easily get them at remote locations away from the city.

3. Carry baby cream and lotion.
Winters makes the skin dry and itchy, while summers makes it oily and sweaty. Therefore, you should carry a good baby cream and moisturizer to protect your baby from cold winters and harsh summers. Buy a cream with high SPF content, so that it protects the baby’s skin from harmful UV rays while you soak in the winter or summer sun.

4. Carry a basic first-aid kit.
On the road with a tot? Always have a small first-aid kit handy

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The kit should contain the necessary ointments, antiseptics, band-aids, and most important a good thermometer. Carry good herbal mosquito repellents and mat machines, so that you keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Carry earbuds or cotton for the baby’s ears in case it is a noisy environment, and a mask in case of smoke and polluted air.

5. Carry a diaper bag.
The final precaution, dear parent, is to always have the baby's diaper bag. Even if you're heading out for a short walk, carry the extra diapers.
A diaper bag is necessary if your baby is below 2 and hasn't been potty trained. If going on long drives, the extra diapers are an insurance for keeping your baby clean, dry, and happy.

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