That first outing with your newborn baby is always a special one, whether it is your first baby or you have a whole brood of them. It is the first time your baby experiences the world outside, and for both of you, it can be quite daunting if you don’t go well prepared. Here, we have put together some tips to help your first outing with your baby a smooth and happy one for both of you.
To begin with, we assume you have the perfect pram for your lifestyle. You probably spent a large chunk of your pregnancy asking yourself which egg pram travel system to choose? Now you have it, and have the baby to go in it, you need to think about what to take out with you – babies NEVER travel light, but being prepared for every eventuality is always better than being underprepared.
A good-sized changing or pram bag is a necessity. If your baby is bottle-fed, you will need to carry a bottle with you. You will also need a supply of nappies and wipes, and a fold-up changing mat is always a good idea for when you have to change them in a manky public toilet. Any comfort items that your baby has – blankets, toys and dummies need to go in there as well. Muslin cloths are usually a godsend as well – they can be used as a burp cloth, wiping up spit-up, a light cover-up for feeding or even a blanket if necessary. A change of clothes is essential; you can pretty much guarantee that the one time you go out without a spare is the day they have a nappy explosion or vomit everywhere.
Now you have packed the bag up, it’s probably bedtime. Yes, get used to never being able to get out of the house at short notice! Seriously, though, once you’ve packed everything up, it is time to decide where you want to go. Whatever the weather, you will probably want to keep your first outing with your new baby short and sweet. They get easily overwhelmed and overstimulated, and you are still recovering from the birth, as well as dealing with the sleepless nights that come with having a new baby. A simple stroll around the neighbourhood, with perhaps a quick pitstop at the local coffee shop, is always a good call for the first trip. After that, you can increase the time you are out, until one day, you’re jumping on a plane and jetting off for two weeks with them!
As we said earlier, it is always better to be over-prepared than underprepared. You might find that your first experience with packing a pram, a changing bag and dressing baby to go out could take longer than the time you are actually out, and that’s fine. In fact, it’s quite normal. Just be sure to give both you and your little one plenty of time to learn the ropes, and you will both be ready for any adventures – and minor hiccups – that may come your way.