Your challenge: You’ve just had a baby—and, yet, the world is still spinning as usual. That means there are groceries to buy, appointments to make and more groceries to buy. (Just go ahead and stock up on diapers.) While you used to manage these errands without a second thought, “running into the store” is now a whole lot more complicated.
The solution: Think of it as a fun, educational field trip for baby. What to you seems like an everyday stroll through the produce aisle is, to them, like a sensory amusement park. Maximize the enjoyment factor for both of you by strategically scheduling your errands and helping baby feel secure in the big, wide world.
Soothing baby: Babies feel most confident to explore when they also feel secure. For a little one, it may benefit both of you to run errands with baby in a carrier. That way, they feel comforted by being close to you—and you have two free hands. For longer errands, bring along a favorite toy or pacifier. Not only does this help keep baby entertained, but also give them comfort.
Stimulating baby’s sense: As you are out and about with baby, play the role of narrator by describing the environment around you. Of course, to you it may feel like a quick run into the bakery, but still go ahead and tell baby all about what they are smellings, seeing and (if they are old enough) tasting.
Strategizing: Set yourself up for success by scheduling your errands during baby’s happiest times, such as first thing in the morning or right after eating. If that still doesn’t do the trick and it’s clear that baby just isn’t feeling the outing, take a deep breath. We’ve all been there. Pause to feed baby, center them with some snuggles or postpone the errand for another time. There is no guilt in that.
Entertainment: You’re running an errand because you have to get things done. That may mean giving baby something else to keep them amused—such as an engaging rattle or teething toy. Happy baby, happy mama, mission accomplished.
Pro tip: Stock your diaper bag with a few different toy options for baby and then keep them on rotation so your little one feels like there is always something new to play with when you’re running errands.
You’ve got this.
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