Getting Out with Your New Baby
It’s a beautiful day and you’re in need of fresh air and a change of scenery. It’s time for a stroll with your new baby.
You eagerly don your summer shorts but they don’t quite fit yet. Settle on sweat pants—filthy, but they fit. Any unstained T-shirts? Hmmmm. Try on sneakers—your feet grew! Has anyone seen those sunglasses? Keys? Purse? You’re starting to sweat, but you’re almost ready.
Let’s see … the diaper bag. Two—better make it four extra diapers, Desitin, wipes, powder, a changing pad. Baby’s starting to fuss. Quick, set up the new umbrella stroller (can’t find the directions)! Switch to the Baby Bjorn (can’t fasten the back strap—throw into half-assembled stroller)! Pack extra change of clothes, sun hat, and sweater. Losing steam but still determined. Bring a pacifier in case he cries. Wow, he’s really crying now!
Your strolling prep has just taken two hours, and your newborn needs nursing and changing … again.
Maybe a nap is a better idea for today.
Is it possible that you, who used to manage an entire office of adults with one hand tied behind your back, can’t manage a simple outing with your offspring? Take a deep breath, new mommy. You can do this. While you won’t be traveling quite as lightly as before, these tried-and-true travel tips will get you on the road in no time. And remember: things take time. You didn’t become a manager overnight.
Prepping for Baby’s First Outing
1. Make a list of your baby’s outing needs: Be sure to include two diapers, small travel wipes and ointment, light blanket (doubles as changing pad), light sweater. Pack some favorites: a pacifier, stuffed animal, and toy. Don’t forget a sun hat. Trade in your purse for a hands-free, sturdy backpack (doubles as a diaper bag). Stock it with the above essentials. Don’t forget to tuck in a few energy snacks for you: protein bar, box of raisins, an apple, a bottle of water. Leave your pack by the door.
2. Stash a “to go” purse in your backpack: Fill it with small essentials for you, such as lip balm or lipstick, sunscreen, breath mints, tissues, money, Band-Aids, cell phone, spare key, watch, or whatever else you might need.
3. Have your outfit ready to go: Set out comfortable shoes (check fit the night before), clean clothes (buy larger if necessary), and a lightweight sweater. A baseball cap or bandana works wonders for “bad hair.” Sunglasses go far in covering up sleep-deprived eyes!
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