THE BABY BREAKOUT… STEPPING OUT FOR THE 1st TIME
Staying home and snuggling down with your newborn is bliss, but what happens when cabin fever sets in and you need some fresh air (or a loaf of bread)?
Getting out is essential for everyone’s well-being, but if you’re more shackled than delighted by the notion, it would be understandable.
What if she has a nappy malfunction or projectiles onto the Coles countertop? She in all likelihood will, however, if you’ve got a little know-how and can keep it perky, you’ll handle these debacles on your ear.
Don’t despair you will leave the house eventually. Take a look at some of these tips to help you get out (and have fun) with bub.
Tip 1. Pack the essentials and do it the night BEFORE
Gone are the days of heading out with little more than your lippy, keys and cell phone. This baby’s going to need a boatload of business in your bag. I call it your bag, but really it’s hers now.
- Nappies (2 more than you think you’ll need) and disposable bags.
- Wet wipes
- Change mat/cloth
- Spew cloth
- Sterilised dummies x 2 (if you use these, she WILL drop one)
- Spare onesie (or two)
- Bottles with sterilised water and enough formula for the day (if bottle feeding)
- Breast pads
- Spare top (so you can find your sexy again after she’s sicked-up on you)
- Sanitary pads
- Bottle of water
Re-pack the nappy bag after each outing.
Tip 2. Have a blow-out kit
Basically the above repeated but kept in your car for those more-apocalyptic poo moments.
Tip 3. Don’t over-think it
You want to be smart, but don’t bother with too much prep, besides, it keeps it exciting.
Once upon a time, I was a sharp-dressed woman who might postpone turning up at an event until the bag, the outfit, the shoes, the hair, the makeup… the whole bit was nailed. Having a baby lowered that bar for me. I’d find myself happily declaring at any party that the white splotch accompanying my shoulder was in fact just baby vomit. Nothing to see here, folks.
Perhaps feed baby before you plan to step out. This gives you potentially two hours of wandering or pram pushing before she gets unsettled – good if you need to get to the shops, but not such a big deal if you’re planning to head to the park or a friend’s house.
Tip 4. Take a friend for back-up
A mate or family member who thinks you’re great and loves your kid is the perfect second set of hands. Plus, their presence (should) keep you fun.
And don’t be afraid to ask for help whilst you’re out. Most strangers will delight in the prospect of helping you and your little cutie.
Tip 5. Tack on an extra half hour
No matter how organised you are with time, you are always left wishing you had more. Automatically add a half an hour on and you’ll applaud your smart self.
Tip 6. Keep it snappy
Short and sweet at first and keep your expedition to IKEA for next time.
Leaving expectation LOW is best too. If you have a list of essentials, keep to the first few absolutely need-to-dos. This way, if bub loses the plot (or you do), you can make a quick get-away. And, if you leave with nothing checked off your To Do list, give yourself a high five anyway! Popping a top on and getting out of that freakin’ house is accomplishment enough.
Tip 7. Know how to put down the pram!
I distinctly remember one day having had a happy and productive time at the local shopping centre (because in case you haven’t noticed, I like to shop). Everything was done that I’d hoped to do, bub was content and I even managed a take-out coffee and a feed on-the-go. Triumph!
Then I got back to the car to pack up the pram. After an I-kid-you-not 15 minute wrangling of that wretched thing, I was at the point of melt-down and baby, who was minutes earlier settled, was now hysterical. My last stitch effort was to shove that bless-ed baby mobile (entirely erect) into the boot. Crrrrunch!
KNOW YOUR PRAM WELL.
Tip 8. Have a vague idea of where you’re going
Time is truly the essence and if you can’t find accessible ramps and lifts and you’re pushing a pram, you are putting yourself in a perilous state.
If you’re the more vague type (probably typing to myself right now), get good at thinking ahead and have a vague clue where you’re going and what you need to do and you’ll thank yourself.
Tip 9. Multiple carriers on-hand
Taking a pram and a soft carrier in the car is a good idea. If you’re out for any length of time or you’ve very recently given birth, you’ll be grateful to change positions and ease your body a bit. Plus, it gives bub a stretch and a change of scenery too.
Tip 10. Keep it fun
Don’t forget to keep it fun and to see the funny in things, otherwise, you’ll never leave the house.
Meet up with another mum-friend, grab a one-handed meal and a good coffee; you’ll have fun sharing your excursion trivialities and general mayhem with each other.
Hugs into the ether…