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Parenting Tips For Baby’s First Trip Out

I had a sudden realization the very first time I took my newborn daughter out of the house on my own for a quick errand: My husband was the only person who had taken her out of her car seat carrier up until that point, and I had no idea how to do it. The carrier had a very clever and cute clip on the front that I had simply never tried to unclasp before, and as I stood there trying to figure out how to get my daughter out of the carrier she started crying. Any rational adult would take a deep breath and try to figure out the clip or maybe even just put the whole carrier into the shopping cart and let the baby cry while dashing through the errand, but seeing as I was that great combination of exhausted-hormonal-nervous-terrified that moms of newborns get to experience quite frequently, I decided on my newest tactic to stressful situations and just stood there and cried right alongside her.

Ah, the good old days.

For some reason I thought that my maternal instincts would guide me through my first solo trip out with my baby. I also thought that she would sleep through the whole trip, or maybe even stare in awe at all the fantastic things there are to see at Target, but no such luck. She screamed through it all. I gave up trying to get her out of her carrier and gave up on the shopping altogether.

When it comes time to take your newborn out of the house for the first time you may not experience the same mess I got myself into. You may be a calmer mom than me, or a more prepared mom, or you might have a baby who sleeps through everything. If you are like me, however, here are some tips that may help you on your first trip out.

Parenting Tips For Baby’s First Trip Out

  1. Do a practice run. If you’re out with another adult, try taking care of everything on your own including getting the baby in and out of the carrier and the stroller in and out of the car. Trying it first with someone else present means that you can get help if you need it, but also that you will have the confidence of your abilities when the time comes to do it solo.
  1. Diaper Bag Checklist. You just can’t know if your baby is going to suddenly fill her diaper with more poop than you thought was possible or if your baby is going to suddenly throw up all over you. If you have the supplies to handle whatever surprise bodily function your baby decides to try, it won’t be as big a deal as if you weren’t prepared.
  1. Be patient. There is a very good chance that errands that used to take you 15 minutes to accomplish will now take an hour. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Give yourself plenty of time and try to be patient with the process.

Maybe someday I’ll tell you about my first solo trip with my toddler and newborn. Hint: There was lots of crying involved.

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