Well the big day has come. It’s time to take the baby out of the protected household for the first time and into the world. This seems especially scary when you’re a first time parent. So far the few trips to the doctor have not been that bad, but now you’re getting ready to go to grandma’s house two hours away; or perhaps on an airplane, or even just the first venture to the park. What if you forget something? What if the baby’s needs are not being met? What if someone coughs on the baby? Should you carry the baby in a sling, use the stroller, or hold the baby in your arms? Do you have enough diapers, food, and supplies?
I’ve put together a few survival tips that should help you and your baby have a successful first outing.
Be Prepared: In my world – thanks to Mrs. Daddy Nickell, we come fully prepared! She has a “Plan for the worst and hope for the best” mentality that hasn’t failed us yet. .. We have found that being extremely prepared helps alleviate a bit of stress and pressure, so we can focus entirely on the baby. First things first. Pack a diaper bag with all of the essentials and then some. A burp cloth, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, ointments and creams, a blanket, an extra onesie, rattle, pacifier and a bottle. Having all of these items organized and easily accessible in your diaper bag will help you and baby enjoy the outing a bit more.
Have a Plan: Make a plan ahead of time, so you know what to expect and what to prepare for. Always allow ample time for changes; remember to be flexible. Whether you and baby are going out for coffee with a friend, making a run to the grocery store to pick up dinner, or just going for a walk in the park – be prepared for a few hiccups along the way. Your new baby might need to stop to eat, have a diaper change, cry for a bit, etc. Remember Baby always comes first, so if you need to reschedule or make a change – go ahead and do that guilt free.
Enjoy Each Moment: It might not be easy, but be sure to enjoy each and every moment. From the very first outing on, time is fleeting. It will go by quickly, so take lots of pictures and make incredible memories as often as possible along the way.