The first few weeks at home with your newborn can be nerve-wracking. Your mind may be filled with a lot of questions: Are you feeding the baby enough? How many times do you need to bathe her? Is he sleeping enough?

Whether you are going out on a diaper run or going out with the whole family, when it is time for you and your baby to have an adventure outside, you need to prepare to make everything go much more smoothly. Here are five tips when taking your baby on his first adventure outside your home.

Maintain the Baby’s Personal Space

A stranger stopping by and greeting your baby can be normal. Although a passerby so close to your newborn can be scary and awkward, do not be afraid to speak up and politely insist that the stranger not to touch or handle your baby.

You can smile and tell the person politely that you are not comfortable with germs or that the baby is already tired. When out in public, keep your little one protected in a baby carrier or use a breathable cover on top of a car seat.

Let the stranger know that the baby may not be comfortable.
Let the stranger know that the baby may not be comfortable.

Consult Your Pediatrician

Before you go out on your first excursion with the baby, be sure to check with your pediatrician first. Your doctor can inform you if the baby is healthy enough to go outside and bring your attention to any issues.

Pack the Diaper Bag

Older babies may need just a few essentials in the diaper bag when going out but newborns need a lot of things. You do not want to be stranded somewhere without the things you need so you need to pack your bag before you leave the house. Include everything you possibly need: extra diapers and baby wipes, changing pad, diaper cream, face cloth, plastic bag, tissue, change of clothes, a bottle with formula, and pacifier inside the diaper bag.

Before going out, make sure that you prepare the diaper bag. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Before going out, make sure that you prepare the diaper bag. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Make It Quick

Going out can be fun for the mother and the baby but it can also be exhausting. Do not plan a big excursion straight away. Instead, try and make a few small trips first like walking around the neighborhood or visiting a friend’s house so you may know how your baby reacts outside.

Avoid Going to Crowded Places

Short walks are advisable, but crowded places like malls are not. Crowded public places can increase the potential for viruses. It can make the baby sick and uncomfortable too.

A stroll is ideal as a first trip outside your home.
A stroll is ideal as a first trip outside your home.

Going out with your baby can be a fatiguing and tiring experience but it is a ton of fun. It lets your newborn discover the outside world and have fun.