You’ve waited nine long months for your bundle of joy to arrive. Now, after you and baby had time to bond, it’s time to set out on your first shopping expedition. However, running errands with a newborn is a very time-consuming task. But don’t worry! Here are five tips for running errands with a newborn baby!
Long gone are the days of simply grabbing your purse and rushing out the door. Now that you have a baby, you’re on their schedule and going to the store is your second priority. It’s highly recommended that you go to the store right after fulfilling your baby’s needs. Babies tend to get rather fussy whenever they’re tired or hungry, so make sure you feed and change them before leaving.
Of course, you never know what can happen on your trip, especially with a newborn. That’s why it’s important that you leave the house prepared.
Here’s what you’ll need to prepare for the unexpected:
- An Extra Bottle of Formula
- Extra Diapers
- An Extra Pacifier
- Burp Cloths
- A Pack of Wipes
- A Plastic Bag for Poop Clothes
- An Extra Shirt for Yourself
The reason why you need an extra shirt for yourself is because babies don’t like keeping their messes to themselves.
Choose Parking Carefully
Trying to find the parking spot that’s closest to the store is a thing of the past. Nowadays, you want to find the parking space that’s closest to the cart return. You may be wondering “Why would I want to park near a cart return?” You want to do this because it’s very handy to be able to strap your baby in the cart and not have to lug your belongings. When you’re done your shopping, you can put your baby back in the car seat without having to make a mad dash to return the cart.
Unloading groceries is bad enough but when you also have a newborn to tend to, it can be like trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Make unloading as seamless as possible by parking close to the front door. If your baby is finally asleep you don’t want to put them in a hot or cold car to wake them up. If you have a garage, make sure you’re able to use it. Many people use their garage as storage. If it’s broken get a new garage door and utilize all your tools. You should have easy access for unloading your purchases and your baby.