7 Hints and Tips on Leaving the House with a Newborn

I have been meaning to write this post on tips for leaving the house with a newborn for a while.

Baby girl is 6 months old and leaving the house has got much slicker. We have our own routine now and she knows to wait and be patient  while I pop to the loo!

Right at the very beginning, well 6 weeks after baby girl was born ( I had a c-section so wasn’t allowed to drive for 6 weeks) it used to take us 2 hours to get out of the house. I would throw my clothes onand  have a quick spray of deodorant.

Yes sometimes there wasn’t time to have a shower!7 Hints and Tips on LEaving the house with a newborn

Then there was the preparation of getting baby girl ready. I call it preparation because I used to prepare my self for any unexpected event that would put us behind.

Haha… yes those poonami’s is what I’m taking about.

That sudden poo nappy that explodes everywhere resulting in a complete wash and change of clothes. Then because I have changed her nappy she wants a feed. Time just disappears and all of a sudden you are two hours late.

It takes us only an hour now to sort ourselves out. So long as I’ve been organised and kept the change bag up to date and refilled the nappies, wipes and bibs along with lots of other bits and pieces I normally need.

But going back to that first time out, it was very scary on my own. I only went to mum and dads. So I knew she wasn’t going to starve in a 20 minute car journey! Nonetheless I was a bag of nerves.

I am now responsible for this little being.

Oh and I’m glad my husband filled up the car with diesel with me to last me a while as well, because what do you do when you need to go in to pay for fuel?

Do you leave baby in car? or do you drag baby in car seat into the garage with you?

I haven’t had to do this yet as I have gone out to fill the car up when the husabnd is home. But I think I would take the baby in with me.

So these are my 7 tips that I have learned from my own experiences of leaving the house with a newborn.

  • Make the visit quick, unless you are going to parents. When I got to mine I just relaxed, put my feet up and let my mum spoil me. Oh and my 87 year old dad make me a fried egg and bacon sandwich!
  • Avoid crowded spaces – I hate big crowds as it is. So my worst nightmare is to be in the middle of a crowd with a baby.
  • Pack changing bag in advance – so you don’t forget anything in a mad panic rush when you are trying to get out the door! Oh and re-pack when you get in ready for the next trip out.
  • Don’t stress if you are late leaving the house – Before I had baby girl I was always on time. Now it’s a struggle, but I have learned not to worry and we will get there eventually.
  • If you are heading for an appointment make it after 11am – its hard to get 2 of you dressed and organised.
  • Don’t forget baby formula if you are bottle feeding. If you breast feed maybe look up some breastfeeding friendly places. I know my local Mothercare has a fantastic little feeding and changing room.
  • If you leave the house fully dressed and showered consider it a successful mission.

These are the things I have learnt as a first time mum to a newborn.

Do you have any of your own tips for leaving the house with a newborn?

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17 Comments

  1. February 14, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I think getting out of the door is the hardest part of every day. When we are out we are fine, but to get there is difficult. Wintertime can be a nightmare!

  2. September 16, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    This really takes me back! It was only 8 months ago I had a new baby but it feels like forever and I’d forgotten how long it seemed to take to go out of the house or do anything! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

  3. September 15, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Your tips are great! It is much better when you have the changing bag organised from the day before. I agree that you just have to know that your time will never be the same anymore. It really takes ages to get out of the house. And wait until you have a 2nd child! Even now (I have 2 girls age 6 and 2 years old) things take AGES. My little one is potty training at the moment so that makes already another delay as you want to make sure she pees before she leaves the house. You don’t want accidents in the car, don’t you! lol I think we should get a medal just for being mums! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS.

  4. September 14, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I remember many a day of not even brushing my teeth! I still take my daughter who is two into the petrol station with me, it just scares me how mobile cars are! x #KCACOLS

    • Rachel
      September 15, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      Oh yes I’ve had them and showerless days! Thanks for your comment x

  5. September 14, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Life with a newborn can be soooo hectic! You’re really trying to adjust to having this new little bean around, and it can totally be tough. However, I’m not quite sure what my excuse is, haha. I’m 17 months in, and I feel that it takes me even LONGER to get out the door. Not stressing is really the best thing you can do though. I had an internship the other day, and completely spazzed out, which RUINED my morning, when there was no reason for stress in the first place. We, as moms, need to give ourselves a little grace! Thanks for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

    • Rachel
      September 14, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      It is tough I agree! Thanks for coming by xx

  6. September 13, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Great tips! It always used to take me forever to get out of the house in the first few months. It’s those poonamis that almost always seem to happen at the worst possible time! It still take a long time to get out the house now, but I’ve learned to not get stressed about it! #KCACOLS

    • Rachel
      September 13, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Now we are weaning the poonamis are all but gone, I don’t miss those! Thanks for stopping by xx

  7. Maria
    September 11, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    Great tips Rachel – it is such a mission trying to get out of the house isn’t it? Hate to break it to you that it doesn’t get much easier when they are older! They take foresee to put their shoes on or decide they want to take a toy or need the loo! lol

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see back again next week xx

    • Rachel
      September 12, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Thanks. Got years ahead of me then! haha! xx

  8. September 11, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    I really ought to take your advice abut the changing bag. There’s always something I’ve forgotten! #KCACOLS

    • Rachel
      September 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      Glad I can be of help! Thanks for stopping by x

  9. September 11, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    I wish there were blogs like this when my kids were younger, I just had to kind of make it up as I go lol. As for what to do when paying for peterol, I pay at the pump with my card, that way you are right next to the car the whole time x
    #KCACOLS

  10. September 10, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Good tips – mine little ones are 4 and 6 and somehow it still takes us ages to get out of the door – trying to get feet into the right shoe, get coats on the right way round and make sure the precious toy is with us takes forever! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Rachel
      September 11, 2016 / 9:03 am

      Thanks. I guess it doesn’t get easier as they grow up then!! xx

  11. September 6, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    The tip about making all appointments after 11am is brilliant! Yes! I used to hate that all the baby groups in our area started at 9:30am. I was never dressed and ready to leave at that time!

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