The first few months with a newborn are an exciting time for many mothers, but it can also be very challenging. Mother's groups often help new moms navigate the challenges of caring for their child and leave the house to do things they want to enjoy as well. In this blog post, we'll talk about some of the considerations that you should make when starting to get out of the house solo, so you can take your bub with you with confidence!
First, let's talk about the baby bag. Baby bag's come in many forms, but it is essential to plan for your outing ahead of time. Make sure you have everything that might be needed before leaving the house - nappies and wet wipes are a must (however many you think you'll need be sure to add at least one extra just in case!). If formula feeding or bottle-feeding your newborn make sure you include their bottles with water ready to heat up (or a thermos of warm water) while out if necessary. Necessary items when planning an outing with a new born also include a changing mat, spare clothes (for you and bub( plus suitable clothing depending on weather conditions. Don't forget to pack socks! Make sure you always have a warm layer of clothing for bub in case it's cooler than you realise too. And those muslin cloths that you were gifted a million of before bub arrived? Perfect for all kinds of accidents, covering up, keeping bub warm or shaded and made a perfect place for them to lay on.
A carrier is another great option for leaving the house with a newborn. While a pram is great, having both options for when bub is still small can mean that you're not juggling with a baby in one arm while pushing the pram with the other if they're unsettled. A carrier also comes in handy when travelling on public transport.
If you are feeling a little anxious about leaving the house with your newborn, start off by taking short trips - to the local shops or park or popping down the road to see your friend over coffee in their home. Mother's groups or postnatal exercise classes are a great way to get out and about as you'll be with other mothers who are in the same boat.
Don't forget that not every trip will go according to plan... But don't let this deter you from getting out of the house before it becomes second nature either! Remembering what works well at home usually helps in these situations - which brings me onto my final point; accepting that not every trip will be a success. Mother's groups are great for this as well, because you can share your experiences with other mothers who have been there and done it before so they'll know what to expect!
I hope these tips help on your journey of leaving the house with a newborn. Leave yourself enough time to get where you need to go (much longer than you used to give yourself pre-baby) and remember that all new mums feel like this! We promise it gets easier and easier as you go along!
You've done your Pregnancy Yoga and learned your breathing. You've completed your Active Birth Course. It's almost time to head to the hospital and meet your little one! It can be hard to know what you will need when preparing for labour - you need to pack for both you and bub! You want to get everything you need, but don't want to over pack or forget something important. While every mum swears by a different list, here are our top tips for getting through labour!
If you'll be labouring:
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What are your essentials for packing in your hospital bag to meet bub? If there's something we're missing please let us know! At Nascent we're all about empowering you for an epic birthing experience! Why not check out our Birth Education offerings too :)
Do you have a little one on the way? Whether it's your first birth or your fifth, preparing for birth with an education workshops can make all the difference in helping you have a truly empowered birth! A birth education course can help you prepare for your baby's arrival and make the process as comfortable as possible.
The following are our top 5 reasons why you should sign up to a birth education course:
1) You will feel more confident in your body's ability to give birth naturally because you are educated about it all!
This is an empowering thing. Knowing what to expect during pregnancy, labour and delivery can give you the confidence in your body's natural ability to birth without unnecessary interventions that come with an uninformed decision or one based on fear or lack of knowledge about what it takes to bring a baby into the world naturally.
Having prenatal education helps reduce many fears women have around giving birth! The more informed you are about how things work physiologically, the less fearful you will be...and isn't that something we all want when it comes time for our little one's arrival?
2) You will learn about labor and delivery techniques, such as breathing techniques and positions to help everything move smoothly.
We're not going to lie - labour can often be uncomfortable! But you and your birthing partner can develop an entire toolkit of what positions, breathing exercises and tools are available to get you through the process as comfortably as possible!
When you learn about different positions to help with contractions, it can take some of the pain away and allow for a better experience all around. It will also give your partner an idea of what might be most helpful - offering suggestions and reminding you of techniques means they'll have an active role to play in the birth!
3) You will receive information on postpartum recovery .
Although the postpartum time period is often a joyous one, it can also be quite challenging as you recover and take care of your new little one. A birth education course will give you information on what to expect in those first few weeks and months - from how long it might take for your body to heal to tips on caring for a newborn.
Having a strong understanding of what you can expect in the postpartum phase will give you an edge as far as how to care for yourself and your baby during this time period! We know it's easier said than done, but self-care is important during those early days.
In addition, having knowledge about breastfeeding techniques will help set you up for a successful breastfeeding relationship with your little one.
Our Active Birth Workshops run monthly and are an incredibly affordable way to empower yourself for birth, connect with other expecting families and most of all educate both you and your birthing partner on what to expect (so there aren't so many surprises!). For more information about our upcoming Brisbane based Birth Education courses and whether it might be right for you pop us an email at email@example.com or call us on 07 3061 5050.