Running Errands with Your Newborn

Don’t let the thought of leaving the house with your newborn overwhelm you. With these tips and a well-packed diaper bag, you can conquer errands and keep your baby happy in the process. Let Moms on Call help make parenthood easier for you!

Welcome to the whirlwind world of parenthood, where life doesn’t hit the pause button just because your newborn has arrived. As our partners head back to work and family members return to their routines, the reality of running errands becomes inevitable. We understand that leaving the house with a newborn might seem daunting, but fear not! With a few strategic tips and a well-prepared diaper bag, you can conquer the outside world while keeping your little one content.

The Essentials: Packing the Perfect Diaper Bag

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  1. Diapers, Wipes, and Change of Clothes.
    • Be prepared for anything by ensuring you have an ample supply of diapers, wipes, and extra clothes. Accidents happen, and being ready will save you from unexpected messes.
  2. Feeding Supplies.
    • Pack everything you need for a feeding session – whether breastfeeding or using formula.
    • Bottles, formula, breast pads, and a cover, if needed, should find a place in your well-organized bag.
  3. Travel Sound Machine.
    • Create a familiar and comforting environment for your newborn by bringing a portable sound machine. It can be a game-changer when settling your baby down for a nap on the go.
  4. Extra Blanket.
    • Weather can be unpredictable, and a cozy blanket can serve multiple purposes – from keeping your little one warm to providing a clean surface for impromptu diaper changes.

Timing is Everything: Choose Your Battles Wisely

Morning vs. Afternoon: Opt for either morning or afternoon outings to align with your baby’s nap schedule. This way, you can ensure at least one nap at home and have the flexibility for one or two naps on the go.

Feed and Go: Time your outings around your baby’s feeding schedule. A well-fed baby is a happy baby, so feed your little one before heading out.

Flexible Nap Strategy: Don’t stress about official “naps” while you’re on the move. Instead, focus on feeding times and use those moments for a quick nap if your baby feels sleepy.

Returning Home: Navigating Nap Time Transitions

Half-Time Nap Rule: When you return home, assess the remaining time for your baby’s nap. If more than half the nap is left, attempt to put your baby down for the remainder of the nap. If less than half remains, engage in low-key snuggle time until the next feeding.

Embrace the adventure, cherish the snuggles, and remember – you’re doing an incredible job!