On the Go With Baby

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On the Go With Baby
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No matter what your destination, bringing the baby means preparation. When you're on the road with the little one, smooth sailing depends on some key equipment and supplies. Here are some suggestions for trips both short and long.

Soft-Structured Baby Carrier
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Soft-Structured Baby Carrier

Start by making it easier to transport your baby. "Your baby will cry 40 percent less when close to you, your back will feel great and you'll get a lot more done with a happy baby and comfortable body," says Jeanette Mesite Frem, childbirth educator, birth doula and owner of Mothers and Company, a maternity and parenting center in West Boylston, Massachusetts. Opt for a carrier that you can easily fling over your shoulder.

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Diapers
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Diapers

On to one of the most crucial baby provisions: the diaper. Make sure you have plenty of disposable diapers on hand. Alternatively, you can save over $1,500 a year by switching to cloth diapers. "They are so much better [now] than 30 years ago and are easier to wash than most people think," says Frem. Try packing some eco-friendly cloth diapers.

Burp Cloths
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Burp Cloths

Buy burp cloths in bulk. "Perfect for unexpected eruptions, [burp cloths] also protect your baby from chemicals found in our adult clothes," says Ali Wing, founder of Giggle.com. Be sure there are plenty in your baby bag.

Spare Shirts
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Spare Shirts

For the times when baby can't quite wait for the burp cloth, it's always good to have extra shirts on hand for both of you. Pick up a stack of T-shirts at a discount store and stuff a few in your bag for those sticky situations. Always have a change of clothes (or two) on hand for the little one as well.

Sunscreen Wipes
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Sunscreen Wipes

Leave the bottle of SPF lotion at home -- sunscreen wipes are the only way to go. "It's much easier than putting lotion on a squirmy baby," says Stephanie Dolgoff, a New York-based parenting magazine journalist and author of "My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches from Just the Other Side of Young."

For Longer Trips: A Sound Machine
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For Longer Trips: A Sound Machine

"If you want your baby to never be awakened by a [drunken] neighbor or a howling siren or a cackling coyote, get a monitor with different sound settings and enjoy the ride," says Dorothea Coelho, a Los Angeles-based mommy blogger. "You can take it on trips and make the baby's environment calmer and more familiar."

Related: More Dorothea Coelho here

For Longer Trips: Handheld Food Mill
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For Longer Trips: Handheld Food Mill

Splurging for a handheld food mill will save you big bucks in the long run (and some food mills cost as little as $20). "Not only will it save you money," Wing says, "but your child gets fresher, healthier food." On a long trip, skip the prepackaged baby food and instead pack a food mill in your bag.

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