New mom here need tips. How do you get around with new baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@SamanthaLovesJames:  it’s more time consuming and will continue to b even when they walk but just be prepared honestly you learn as you go. what works for one won’t work for another. Be ready for exploding diapers hunger and sleepytime, the rest falls into place

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

@SamanthaLovesJames:  I haven’t had my baby yet, but advice I read somewhere was to only plan one thing a day. Target OR the grocery store until you get the hang of things. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@SamanthaLovesJames:  Yea I agree I have two kids ones almost 4 and the other is 2 and I learned best thing is to just try to tackle one thing at a time if your doing shopping and getting only like two items use a stroller but if not try to take hubby with you and you take the stroller and him the buggy or vice versa. As for other outings take plenty of formula or a cover if you breastfeed,more diapers then you think you will need (trust me on this lol) and as she gets older toys and things to keep her entertained. Good luck.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Give yourself some extra time! I used to do one errand a day and now we do multiple things. Sometimes I use my stroller other times I use a carrier (ring sling, k’tan or ego we have all 3)

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I usually did my shopping when it was in between naps and feedings.  Always have a diaper bag handy.  I usually took the infant carrier with me and had it sitting in the cart along with diaper bag.  Usually if go shopping say at a mall then stroller would be along also.  Always try to have extra diapers, formula/extra bm or coverups if need to feed.  Toys/pacifiers/wipes. 

Honestly I think was eaiser when he was a baby, compared to toddlerhood.  Now days have to worry about little boy either trying to take his shoes off, to trying to stand up in the cart, to having him get really crabby.  To a full blown tanturm…

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@SamanthaLovesJames:  PLAN. I would make sure to feed baby right before we left home and try to be home before she needed to eat again or I would have a planned place to stop and feed her again. Plan around nap time and figure out exactly where you need to go. It gets easier!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a 6 week old and we are out and about all the time! So this is what I do errand wise. I started right away going out and running errands (I think we did the first grocery shopping trip when she was 4 days old) so that I wouldn’t get scared to leave. For the first little bit my husband came with me on the errands, mostly because I had a c-section so I couldn’t lift anything or drive, but it was also nice to have someone there, because if I panicked and abandoned a shopping cart in the middle of grocery shopping there would be someone there to finish the shopping (that never happened, though!). For really quick errands – like in and out of a store, I leave her in a carseat and carry the carseat in and out of the store. I do this for quick grocery trips too, and then just put the carseat in a shopping cart on the bottom. This only works if you’re not buying too many groceries – the carseat takes up like all the room. For longer errands like a Costco trip or a big grocery shop, I keep her in an infant carrier – I have a bunch but my favourite is the Ergo Baby because it’s the most comfortable to wear for a long time. Only for things like the mall where I am actually trying on clothes do I use the stroller, because I find the stroller to be way more difficult to get around with than the baby in a carrier. 

I try to pack as little as possible in her diaper bag – burp cloth, blanket, a couple of diapers, and a sleeper. I feed her before I leave if she’s hungry, but otherwise I don’t force the issue. I think the number one thing about baby on the go is not being scared to (a) feed in public; and (b) make an ass out of yourself (or feel like you are). I am breastfeeding, and I use a cover, but I practiced feeding her under the cover in a variety of different positions and so forth in the house before I left so I felt comfortable in public that the girls were covered. Now I have mad skillz – I can breastfeed her in a grocery line-up while unloading groceries with the other hand. And the second part is that I def feel like I make an ass out of myself because I am still clumsy and not skilled at all things. Earlier this morning I was trying to get the baby into the carrier in public while sitting on a bench with nowhere to put her down while I snapped up some buckles so stuff was falling everywhere while I shifted the carrier and the baby and the bags around until I figured it out! But I did, and I don’t care if people think that I don’t look like I know what I am doing, because I really don’t! 

Good luck out there! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh and I second either doing errands one at a time, or if I have a bunch I do them in order of desire to get them done and then pull the plug when I get tired or lose desire to finish them. I have never got through all my errands in one day, but I usually get through all the important ones! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Honestly for me, a newborn baby sort of just fits into your lifestyle… yes, it takes a little more time to leave the house as you have to pack a bag with all the essentials.  But young babies tend to sleep a LOT.  You could run a couple of hours worth of errands and get back home and baby is still asleep.  Try to feed your baby before you leave so that she won’t be hungry and cranky while you’re out and about.  

Most newborns fall right back to sleep after a feeding anyway, so just plan accordingly.  If you need to be out the house at 10am, start getting things together around 8 and feed baby around 9.  Try to do your errands as quickly as possibly, around 2-3 hours.  If baby wakes up while you’re out, a quick feeding should do the trick.  But after 3 kids, i find it’s not so bad or hard getting around with just 1 baby.  I also carried my babies alot which they loved, and it kept my hands free and baby feeling snuggled and secure.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Get a good quality baby carrier.  I have an ergobaby and love it.  For quick trips out it’s way easier to just strap the baby on than trying to deal with a stroller or lugging a car seat, especially if you’re out by yourself.

And no matter how quick I think the errand will be I always bring a diaper bag with plenty of diapers and wipes and a change of clothes for baby.  A massive blowout on a “quick” trip to the grocery store taught me that much.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Babies are VERY portable, in fact I just came back from vacation with my 11week old (was 9-10 weeks during the vacation). She flew with us easily, just carried her in my sling and she ate and then slept the whole time. I took her to the movie theater also in a sling, and to SeaWorld in her stroller. Most restaurants are very accomodating and have little slings that you can put infant car seats on if the seat wont fit in a booth. Basically she’s either in her sling carrier or the car seat/stroller, though we did take her along to a baseball game where we just held her for part of the time and then put her in the sling to sleep. It is surprisingly easy to tote them around 😉

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Baby wearing.

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