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!