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Baby’s First Outing

ID-10064572As a new parent the thought of leaving the comfort of your own house can seem a bit intimidating. But after you talk yourself off the ledge, you’ll realize that you’ve been the only road block getting yourself out the door. You shouldn’t fear breast feeding your baby in public, or poopy diapers. Generations have done it before you and have survived to tell the tale, so you will too. All you need is some preparation and baby steps to getting comfortable taking your baby out of the house.

Baby Bag
Inside your baby bag you should always keep diapers, change pad, wipes, and cream for your babies bum. Many places sell travel sizes of your baby essentials, so go ahead and get yourself travel sizes to leave in the baby’s bag for outings. Before you go out you should pack a change of clothes in case the diaper fails to hold of the waste. Also have blankets for keeping baby warm or for spit ups. In winter make sure you’ve got warm blankets, hats and mittens. In summer make sure you’ve got a bottle of sunscreen, you and your baby will need to wear this. Once you’ve got all these packed in your baby bag, it might look ready to explode, but you’re ready for anything, literally!

Stroller
Where you keep your stroller can make life easy or difficult. I used to keep mine in the trunk of the car that way I never forgot it when I went out, and it was already outside when I wanted to go for a walk. Your newborn can wait in their car seat as you get your stroller ready, so go ahead put them in the seat, even if they cry you can still comfort them by talking to them. ¬†Though be sure to cuddle them before placing them into the stroller if they’re really upset about being placed in the car seat while you get everything ready.

Outings
You might feel that you have no where to go with your newborn, I know I felt this way for a long time. The truth is that there really isn’t anywhere you can’t go with your newborn! The best places to take your baby are places that are baby friendly, like classes for mommy and baby (yoga, swimming, or fitness groups). You can even attend baby friendly events events at your local library, special movies for mommies and babies, and even walking around your neighbourhood or mall can make a great outing.

Doing these activities allows you to get outside the house and meet other mothers which is great for socializing yourself and your baby. Just remember that if your planning an outdoor outing to be sure and cover the baby during the day’s strongest UV rays, between 10am-3pm.

Feedings and Changing
You can breast feed your baby anywhere. Of course you might feel self conscious of people staring at you, but the truth is no one’s really looking at you. If you feel like covering yourself you can always buy special blankets made for breast feeding mothers that attach behind the neck to secure a private place underneath where you can feed your baby without baring your breasts in public.

If your baby soils themselves while your out, just change them like normal. The change pad can be used anywhere and washed at home if you have a washable one. Place the change pad on the change table in the washroom or on the floor. I routinely changed my children on the floor, this way they never fell off a change table and I could always keep track of them. Get your babies new diaper, cream and wipes all ready before you take your baby out of the stroller, this way you can clean your baby and get them back in the stroller before you clean up the diaper mess.

Hopefully after reading this you’ll feel better about taking your baby on outings. You and your baby need to get out of the house. Staying home all the time can be lonely, so get out and enjoy life with your baby! Find baby friendly places and meet new people with babies. It makes the world feel like a bigger place after being confined to your house with the baby. The happier you are, the happier your baby will be.