If you are a new-made mother, you are probably so proud of a little ball of happiness you have made. Many moms want to take their greatest work and show it to all world. But also, at the same time, taking your little baby out for the first time can be a little scary. Just so you could be calm, here are several advices you can try using and perhaps hopefully they will be helpful.
When is he ready to go outside?
If everything goes as planned, you can take your newborn out in the public as soon as you feel ready to do it. The fragility of your so precious baby is likely to make this quite daunting first experience for you. But you must know that fresh air and a simple change of scenery will do only good for you both. Of course, before doing it, you should definitely talk with your doctor first, just to be sure it will be safe.
Are all places safe?
If you want (it is obvious that you do) to keep your baby from catching germs and getting ill, it is best to stay away from crowded places like restaurants, carnivals or people’s liked place – shopping center at least for the first 6 weeks after birth. Also, you seemingly will want to avoid having full house. Too many visitors in those first few weeks is not very good idea, there is no doubt that everyone will want to hold your newborn, however this can expose your baby to unwanted germs. There will not be any harm to ask visitors to wash their hands before holding your baby just to make sure your baby is protected from any kind of illness.
Please, do not plan a whole day’s adventure for your first trip outside with baby. You will surely want to start with a couple of one or two hour journey and slowly build up the length of your trips out with your little one. A fantastic idea to begin is to take your child for a short walk around the local park or the quite side of the town you live in.
Supplies are the must
You will quickly get used to the fact that you cannot leave the house without a changing bag full of supplies for your baby. Point is that that starts from your first trip and also includes a short walk around the park. You will want to be ready for everything. Be sure to take change of clothing, spare nappies and a breastfeeding cover. If you are feeling a bit nervous about the thought of nursing in public you will probably want to start by taking your baby somewhere you feel more comfortable practicing it. Little extra tip - create a checklist of essentials for the future. It will help you so much to remember everything and speed up the packing process.
You need to be aware of extreme weather and avoid taking your baby out in unpleasant conditions. In winter you will need to keep your baby warm with lots of clothing layers and make sure their hands, feet and head are all covered properly too. On a hot day of summer, newborns should be kept directly out of sunlight, especially around midday, when the sun is the strongest. Their skin is too sensitive for sunscreen so make sure hats and loose covering clothing are worn to protect your baby from the UV rays.
“No” to people who are ill
It is a clear one, but if someone is unwell and it could be potentially contagious, be sure that you child is kept away. I am sure that person will understand, just explain everything.
Be careful but also, do not forget, that staying at home all his life is not an option. After some time you will get used to it. Worrying never goes away but count on your child and watch how he takes those first steps.