Leaving the house after giving birth might feel like a big deal. Especially with your first child, it feels like a big step to leave the house and go outside where it is just you and your newborn baby. I personally found it so scary and felt anxious when I was going outside too. So I decided to make a list of 5 tips every new mom should know about leaving the house after giving birth. But before we start with the tips, I will share my opinion on how long you should wait to go out after having a baby.
How Long Do You Have To Stay At Home After Giving Birth?
There is no clear answer which can be seen as the right thing to do for everyone. You just need to listen to your own body. Just do what feels right and stay at home as long as you want.
Although, experts are saying that trying to stay in bed as much as possible for 48-72 hours after giving birth is great for the skin to skin time with your baby and to learn the breastfeeding process.
The advice that I personally give to friends and family is to stay at home for around two weeks after having a baby. But as said earlier, it’s really up to you and how your body feels.
Going Out With Your Newborn: 5 Tips Every New Mom Should Know
Leaving the house after giving birth isn’t a big deal at all for the baby since it will probably sleep most of the time you’re outside. It’s you that will be stressing! But these following 5 tips will help to keep yourself a little calmer. But don’t get me wrong, it will be tough the first few times for most new moms.
1. Dress Baby Properly
Dress your baby in layers, if it’s cold. Cover his/her head. A onesie is one of the easiest outfits for both cold and hot weather since it is one of the most easy and convenient outfits. Especially in the cold winter days it’s one of the best outfits for your newborn since it covers their whole body. The baby’s back gets exposed often with activities such as picking them up out of the car seat. So, a onesie will prevent this problem and will keep the baby warm when your outside.
Another helpful tip is to choose the outfit of your baby the night before. This might sound a little stupid, but it will take a lot of stress away. In the morning, I am trying to get myself ready while at the same time my kids need attention too. So when I have plans the next morning, I always try to choose the outfits of my kids the night before.
2. Prepare Your Diaper Bag
It’s ridiculous how many times I left the house without the right things.
With a well-prepared diaper bag, the big deal of leaving the house with your newborn is becoming way less stressful. For example with a nursing cover, which is one of the things I found the most important with packing my diaper bag. In the first couple of months, your diaper bag will be packed with a lot of stuff. But if your baby is 6 months old you can just take a diaper, wipes, and snacks with you and you will be fine.
Here is a list with everything you will need when leaving the house with your newborn.
(Take a screenshot so you can check it whenever you leave the house)
What To Pack When Leaving The House With Your Newborn
- Breast pads
- Nipple shield/cream
- Feeding cover (this is my favorite)
- (sanitizing) wipes
- change of clothes for baby
- plastic bag for dirty diapers
- bottles + formula (if using)
3. Plan A Short Trip
If possible, plan a short trip to start easy. Your first trip shouldn’t be a long hike because a technically have a big internal wound for up to six weeks after giving birth. Too much activity could restart bleeding.
Don’t mind cutting your plans short if the trip is requiring more effort than you thought at first. If you’re tired and ready to go home, just go home.
Going to a restaurant might be a good thing to do as one of the first trips. It is nice and quiet and you can rest while being there.
4. Avoid Noisy Crowds
This is an important thing to consider. Avoid noisy crowds with your first few times going outside. It’s better for both you and your newborn to go to a restaurant instead of a big shopping mall. You can also go for a short hike around your neighborhood if you live in a quiet area. Again, just listen to your own body!
5. Tell yourself, “it’s okay if my baby cries.”
You might feel embarrassed and it seems like everyone is looking at you when your baby has an outburst in public. But this simply is what babies do and it’s okay if your baby cries. You know your baby best, so is he/she hungry, does he/she need a diaper change, or is he/she just tired? Follow your gut and try to help your baby and that’s it.
Nobody will judge you, especially other moms wouldn’t. So don’t feel embarrassed!