Feel like it is impossible to you leave the house with your newborn(s)? Obviously this is a huge issue for us and we think it is so important. Here are what we consider to be the WHY, HOW, and WHERE of leaving the house with little ones.
*Little ones are incredibly portable. I think the unpredictable schedules of newborns and the mountains of newborn essentials make leaving the comforts of your home daunting. For me, however, getting out of the house did so much for my spirits and sense of normalcy. And once we were out, they were typically content or asleep as long as we were moving. These mini-escapes broke up the day and quite simply helped me feel like a person, not just a nursing machine.
*Every day for the 3 months of my maternity leave, I snuggled our newborns in their stroller and took a walk. I had a c-section so at first our "walk" was a slow (read: snails zooming past me pace) walk around our block, but by the end of the 3 months we were regularly making it 1 1/2 - 2 miles. Heading out into our community followed soon after and nothing, as much as I adored our little newborns, perked up my day more than an hour or so of being out and about around other verbal people.
*Timing: It is super hard to predict what a little one is going to need and when. (This gets easier with time!) For newborns, once your baby is fed and changed, get them in the carseat and GO! This means you have to have your diaper bag ready to go before you start feeding them (or have a handy helper) so that once they are in that magical happy fed, clean diaper stage you can take advantage.
*What to bring: There are two schools of thought on this. As the mom, I tend to pack for all possible eventualities. My husband on the other hand is more of a wing it - there's always a store nearby - kind of guy. If you are more his speed, you with have a lighter diaper bag with a bottle, milk or formula, diapers, wipes. If you are more my speed, here is a complete list of what I carried in my diaper bag.
*Expectations: Expect that you will be late. Expect that your newborn(s) will want to nurse at the least convenient moment. Expect that someone is going to need a change of clothing. Expect that you will somehow survive any and all challenges and you and your babies will make it home in one piece.
Beyond a neighborhood walk, here are some other places that are stroller friendly and simply nice, quieter places to get out of the house with your littlest ones. Some will be busier on the weekend - but all offer spaces to walk and thing to look at.
Snack & Stroll (meet a friend for coffee or snack to go and walk together)
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