Taking Baby Out For The First Time? Tips For A Successful Trip
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The first few weeks after you leave the hospital with your baby can be nerve-wracking. If they are not eating enough, they are crying a lot. You may have all these questions which can be overwhelming especially for a first time mum. Here are tips that will make your baby’s first outdoor experience smooth and successful.
- Maintain your baby’s personal space
Sometimes strangers may stop to take a peep at your baby. They may mean well but it will still be awkward. Though you may be hesitant about telling strangers to keep their distance, you must politely insist that they do not handle your newborn.
Your baby should remain protected in the baby carrier or in a breathable cover over the car seat or stroller when out in public. Such protection is more important during the cold and flu season. You can decline by saying that your baby is tired but in any case, this is your baby and you are in charge.
- Make the first trip outside short and quick
It is quite fun for a mommy and baby to spend some time outside the house but it can be quite exhausting. Avoid planning for a big excursion immediately. Try a few small trips for starters like walking around the neighborhood. Make it short so that you and your baby are back in the house as soon as possible.
- Avoid crowded and enclosed places
If you have had the experience of being in a crowded place, you know how uncomfortable it can be. So, how then will your baby feel? It is not advisable to take your baby to crowded places. Places like malls tend to be less clean and increase the potential for viruses. Also, avoid enclosed areas that can cause suffocation.
- Pack your diaper bag in advance
Parents and toddlers need only a few essential items in their bags before going on an outing. On the other hand, newborns need quite a lot of gear. There is nothing as unfortunate as being stranded somewhere without the one thing you really need. Do yourself a favor and pack up the diaper bag long before you leave the house. Include everything that you would possibly need including extras of everything. You never know.
- Ask your pediatrician
It may seem like you are being too cautious but there is no harm in that. You don’t necessarily have to schedule an office visit, but it is important that you check with your pediatrician before going out on your first excursion with your newborn.
Your pediatrician will tell you whether your baby is healthy enough to go out or whether it may not be the best time to do so. For example, the doctor may be reserved about taking the baby out after they have been immunized because of the side effects of immunization.
It has taken 9 months and a lot of pain for you to be able to hold your bundle of joy in your hands. Take care of him or her with all you’ve got.