Going for a day out with a newborn can be daunting. Too often, new mothers get into the habit of saying no to days, or meals, out because of a fear of the difficulties. But, blocking yourself from experience won’t do you or your baby any good. There’s no denying that going out with a baby isn’t easy. There is all sorts to consider, from feeding times to diaper changing facilities. Even so, it’s nothing you can’t manage. There’s no reason a day out can’t be fun for all the gang. And, far from seeing your youngsters as a nuisance, your friends or family will enjoy the chance to spend a little quality time. To make the task more manageable, here are a few steps you should follow.
Planning may not be on everyone’s agenda when they go out, but it should be on yours. Your baby has a routine, and you need to stick to it as best you can. So, knowing when and where is important. You may not be able to pop out for a spur of the moment trip. But, if a trip is planned in advance, you’ll have time to prepare. If you’re going out for a day at a local park, for example, you can research. Find out about baby facilities, and where they are. It can also help to know how long you’ll be out. That way, you’ll have a better idea of what you need to take.
THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
It’s important to accept that traveling light is a thing of your past. Your baby has needs, and you need to make sure you’re taking everything necessary. First, you’ll need a good quality pushchair. Or, it you prefer close contact parenting, get yourself something like a Baby Bjorn carrier. Don’t wait until a day out to stock up on these, either. Have them ready at home for when you need them. Chances are, you have a lot of the things necessary already. To save time, get everything ready to go the night before. That way, unexpected setbacks on the day won’t be a problem. The more preparation you put in, the less of a rush you’ll be in when it’s time to go. And, the less rush, the less chance of forgetting something important! Make sure, too, to pack a bag with everything you need. Consider all eventualities so that nothing ruins your day. Make up bottles, take along spare clothes, and don’t forget diapers!
ALLOW PEOPLE TO HELP
Parenting can often feel like a lonesome responsibility, shared only with your partner and you. But, it’s okay to let go of the reins when you’re out. You deserve the chance to enjoy yourself, too. Don’t be afraid to let other people spoil your little one while you let loose. People love to play with babies, so your company will be quite happy to get stuck in. In the meantime, you can take a little breather and stop worrying for once!