“Most new moms don’t realize how much stuff is required to take a newborn out,” Dr. George sympathizes. She suggests packing up the diaper bag the night before. Have an outfit picked out and make sure you have plenty of diapers, wipes, formula, burp clothes, a change of clothes (or three) and even a snack for mom. Simply organizing yourself ahead of time can make you feel more confident and you won’t have to panic if you are stuck in a place for longer than you anticipated. So expect the unexpected.
Yup, there will be poop, spills and spit up. You’ll feel vulnerable and uncertain. So just remember tip number one and breathe. Along with the overstuffed diaper bag, you have everything you need to take care of your baby anywhere—you.
Jack and I finally made it outdoors that long ago summer day. Armed with a heaving bag filled with pacifiers, diapers, wipes, changes of clothes, burping cloths and toys, I took a deep breath and walked out the door. We made it down the elevator and I was grateful that no one rode with us. Outside, I cringed when a woman stopped me to take a peek, but relaxed when I realized she wasn’t going to lift the protective baby net. Slowly we strolled, gaining confidence with each step. I was a proud mom walking my baby and it felt great.
You got this, mom!