So, you’ve nested, you’ve given birth, you’ve nurtured, and now you are considering leaving the safe confines of your comfortable cave to venture out, once more, into the big, wide world. A brave choice, and one not to be taken lightly. Apart from feeling like a secret service agent, as you watch the crowds and traffic, doing your best to protect your new baby from all harm and danger, there are a number of other considerations to take into account before stepping out of the house.
Leaving the house for the first time with your newborn can be a very daunting experience. Whether you are catching public transport to an appointment, driving your car, or simply walking to the shops, being out in the open with all the dangers that go with exposing your baby to the world can be enough to spur on an anxiety attack.
So, prepare yourself. Don’t just throw a few things together at the last minute as you rush out the door. Those days are over, your baby has a lot of needs, too many even for such a small human.
Invest In Quality
Having a child is expensive. Saving money where you can is a great idea, but there are a few things that you don’t want to skimp on. When it comes to your baby travelling in comfort and safety, it’s worth looking into good brands that offer a range of features. Roads are dangerous environments, so a good car seat is a must.
Since decent car seats aren’t all that cheap, look into convertible car seats that will last you a number of years (if they don’t get covered in vomit and who knows what else). The same goes for prams – get a quality pram. It will increase your child’s comfort and that means they are more likely to sleep and relax, which will help you hold onto some sort of sanity.
Babies Like To Cry
One thing to mentally prepare yourself for is dealing with your baby crying while you are out of the house. It’s hard enough to try and soothe your child while you are home, all the while stressing that you don’t understand your baby well enough and maybe you’re a bad parent. Stop these thoughts before they get any kind of footing. All parents deal with these issues, there is no such thing as a perfect parent, only people doing the best they can in a new situation.
Parenting is about trying to remember what your parents did and improving on that, or taking advice from family, friends, books (and of course blogs) and applying the tips that you feel work best for you. You have to find your own groove, and you will. So, know that your baby will cry, sometimes it can be embarrassing if they don’t stop and people start to look – but those with children of their own understand it’s not easy and those who don’t have no clue anyway, so who cares?
Make sure you have a variety of snacks for baby and for yourself. Babying and parenting is hungry work, and the last thing you want is to run out of food. If your baby is on formula, have a thermos at hand and a few servings of formula ready to go. There is a range of healthy baby snacks these days as well, so make the most of those, as well as bringing home-cooked food along. Also, make sure that you bring food for yourself, to keep your energy levels up and stave off the hangries.
So, prepare yourself and get out there! Sometimes, prolonging these ventures until you feel ‘ready’ is a big mistake. Don’t be afraid of things going wrong, you will figure it out. Just relax as much as possible and enjoy this new stage of life as a parent.