You may have developed a routine for caring for your new baby in the home, but the time will come soon when you need to take your little one out and about in the big wide world. If you are looking for some child care tips about how to prepare for taking baby out for the first time, read on.
Try to make your first outing with baby at a time when you aren’t stressed or pressed for time. Getting two of you ready to get out and about will take much longer than you’re used to and you don’t want to be rushing or panicking as you will want to be as safe as possible. Pack your diaper bag the night before going out, making sure you have all the essentials such as spare diapers, wipes, nappy bags, a change of clothing and a pacifier. Remember to take extra formula if you’re bottle feeding and some burp cloths to wipe up any mess. You don’t want to be worrying about missing items once you’ve left the house.
Try To Make It Quick
If your first trip out with baby could be a quick one, that would be best. You may find the whole experience quite tiring so use it as an opportunity to see how well you handled being out in public together. Both of you will benefit from a short outing for the first couple of times.
Apart from the fact that taking a stroller into a public place can be a challenge for the inexperienced new parent, you are also more likely to encounter germs which can cause illnesses in an infant who has not yet been immunized. Also, you are more likely to be approached by strangers who want to touch your little one. If this happens, don’t be afraid to be firm and ask that they do not handle your baby. You are even more likely to meet with unwarranted attention if you have twins, however you will find that the best double stroller options usually have the option of fitting a breathable cover to protect your little ones from the prying eyes of strangers.