A new baby brings a lot of change to a family, but the first day is especially important. It’s your baby’s first day out! You can’t wait to show them off to your friends and family, but are you ready? Perhaps you might think it is the first time they will be exposed to everything that the real world has to offer – and it can be overwhelming! However, if you take the time to plan ahead and prepare, it can make this exciting.
This is the first time they will be exposed to everything that the real world has to offer – and it can be overwhelming! However, if you take the time to plan ahead and prepare, it can make this exciting and nerve-wracking experience much easier (and less stressful) for both of you.
The First Day Out
Baby steps. Don’t leave the house without giving your baby a little practice. How? Take them out to your car or apartment. Practice holding your baby, laying them down in the carrier, and talking to them in a low, calm voice. This will help them develop a positive association with their carrier. Some carriers have reclining mechanisms, which help babies fall asleep if they are fussy or uncomfortable.
What to Consider Before the First Day Out?
Before taking your baby out in public for the first time, you need to consider and plan things:
- The baby may need extra attention
Your baby may be more aware and attentive than you realize. You might need to constantly watch to see that she’s not overwhelmed. It might be helpful for you to take her out of the stroller to walk her around a bit.
- What to Pack for the First Day Out
Every new parent brings up the subject of what to pack for the first day of a child’s life. The lists are endless and include everything from blankets and baby lotion to breast pumps and diapers.
But you don’t have to overthink it. If you know that you plan to breastfeed, then that is one thing you do have to pack. You will need extra items like pads and breast shells and more. Your baby may be born with hair, but it will likely fall out after they eat. A warm hat and sweater may be helpful on the first day too. Your little one will be amazed at how warm it is inside the car or in the back seat, for example.
Additionally, you may need to go to a doctor or other hospital or medical facility to get your baby checked out.