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!