Mommy Tips – Week 12
Out and About: Getting Around with Your New Sidekick
It can be challenging to get out of the house with an infant. Between feeding and sleeping schedules, arranging trips to kid-friendly places, and the sheer amount of energy involved, it can sometimes feel like a huge undertaking just to get out of the door.
Tips and Tricks
Keep your diaper bag ready to go. Each night, make sure to restock your supplies so that a needy baby, or an appointment you are running late for, doesn't mean forgetting clean diapers. The last thing you want while you are out is a screaming child and no bottles/diapers/pacifier to soothe him.
Consider what you will be doing, and bring the appropriate tools. Walking the mall? Bring your stroller and a sling in case she gets fussy and wants to be held. Going out to eat? Bring along the infant carrier and some quiet toys. Heading to an outside event? Put on that cute sun hat and bring an umbrella for extra shade. Once you know what works for specific situations, you can create a checklist to use when you are preparing for similar events.
Socialize and stock up. Forget sitting around a coffee shop. Meeting a friend at a superstore or a warehouse club can be a great outing. You've got an extra set of hands, time to chat, and a chance to stock up on diapers. Many stores these days even offer a small café or coffee shop inside – so you don't have to skip the latte completely. If you are still waking up with your baby in the middle of the night, caffeine is probably one of your major food groups.
Going it alone? Prepare yourself, before the sitter gets there, by deciding what he or she will need to know. There are note-pads that come formatted with spaces for specific instructions for your sitter, to take out the guesswork. Make sure you express your wishes for handling feeding, sleeping, and medical issues. Or, you can always try to plan your outings around bedtimes, so that the sitter will be there just in case your baby wakes while you are still out.