The first time Jennifer Bullock, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, took her newborn with her to run errands, she was petrified. "I asked myself, Did I forget anything? How can I keep strangers from touching her? Will she catch germs?"
It's only natural that the new mom was nervous. Every rookie mother experiences those what-if worries. Pre-mommyhood, you sailed out the door with little more than lipstick, keys, and cell phone. Now you're responsible for a tiny baby who requires boatloads of stuff. What if you're caught without something? "The anticipation about what could go wrong is worse than the reality," says Kerry Acker, of Brooklyn, whose 1-year? old daughter, Samantha, was colicky. "Even if you can't find the pacifier and your baby starts wailing, it's not the end of the world." What you don't want to leave home without? Your sense of humor--and our get-going guide. Consider your cabin fever cured!