• E
  • Collegeville, United States
  • 8 days ago

Going on outings with newborn

I have a two month old and can count the times on one hand I’ve left the house with her including doctors appointments. Are there any tips with leaving the house with a newborn? I need to get out of the house and get groceries and run essential errands but I always wait until my husband is around so I can leave her home. It’s a fear of mine she will have a meltdown and I can’t fix it right away because we are in public. Thanks!
  • J
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • 14 hours ago

I’ve gone out pretty much every 2 days for lunch or shopping trips with my son and he’s not even 4 weeks old. I usually pack the diaper bag, make sure my husband and I are dressed and ready to go at least 30 minutes in advance then feed my baby. We get out the door as soon as he’s done feeding. We bring a baby bjorn (he’ll only sleep in it if I keep on walking) and just have to be flexible about me running back to the car or a family room to change/feed him. As long as you plan to keep the trip short and time it in the middle of is regular feeds, you can do it!

  • K
  • Powder Springs, United States
  • a day ago

My little hates the baby wraps and carriers... but once you’re ready (I waited until she was about 8 weeks before going out outside of necessity) I would recommend change- feed- burp before rocking to sleep. I would then do a smooth transfer to the car seat and the car kept her asleep usually. I also started having a pacifier on hand because she would take it in the car and it would help sooth her until destination or she fell back asleep again. She got used to the car and car seat after a few trips (it’s so hard to hear them cry in the car but it does get better) and now I put her in the car awake and she falls asleep pretty quick. I also recommend a car seat cover that way if she doesn’t fall asleep she’s covered for in public so no one gets all gushy... they usually just leave it all alone. But! Remember it is also okay for him/ her to cry and you to be mommy and comfort in anyway you or they see fit. The more you go Out the easier it will be for both of you, x

  • T
  • Penfield, United States
  • 3 days ago

Don't be in a rush. There is a right time for everything for the two of you together. Remember that leaving bb home is also time for you to get your adult attention and focus back while doing a task. If there is an infant support group or baby storytime at a library in your area that's a good place to start - somewhere where you can take care of your baby's needs and see how she is out and about. But it all changes too, very quickly, no need to put more guilt into the mix for the sake of a 'challenge' or 'getting back to normal'.

  • B
  • Chesapeake, United States
  • 3 days ago

I was the same with my first. Start SMALL! Like picking up three things from the grocery store. In those early days, I kept my shopping trips small enough to fit in the storage area of the stroller, that way I could keep him in the infant car seat. Also- baby wearing! Go out to eat, you deserve to feel normal. Baby will happily sleep against your chest when in a secure baby wrap. Good luck! You’ll be a pro before you know it.

  • L
  • Seattle, United States
  • 4 days ago

Errands might be hard, but you can get comfortable by going for a short walk. I usually went and got coffee in the morning when my 1st was a newborn. When I had my 2nd I had a busy toddler so we went to the park every morning and I figured out how to nurse in the carrier. Bonus: early morning walks helped both kiddos sleep a little better at night.

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