So, it’s finally time to welcome your baby into the wider world and leave the confines of your home! This is an exciting milestone in every young parent’s journey, and it can be tricky knowing where to start. To help out, we’ve put together a ‘baby’s first outing’ list to ensure that you and your little bundle are happy and excited to embrace the great outdoors.
1. Find a suitable pram
Looking for prams online is an easy enough endeavour if you have even just a rough idea of what you’ll need. Ask yourself what you’ll be using your pram for well before you make your purchase. Are you going to take your baby out on your morning jogs? Do you think you’ll be spending a lot of time off-road, or under the sun? Do you see yourself needing a lot of supplies when you’re out and about?
Many active single and double strollers will come equipped with flexible storage options, to ensure that you’ll have plenty of room for both your baby’s everyday essentials as well as your own personal belongings. But with some lower end strollers, these storage options may come at the cost of manoeuvrability, which can be tricky if you have a running route with a lot of turns or bends. High-quality active strollers will possess a lightweight, sturdy build that will allow for extra weight without sacrificing agility. Look for premium design features like heavy-duty wheels and integrated suspension for smooth, all-terrain travelling. Models that comes equipped with a canopy or is compatible with multiple different canopies are always a good bet as they’ll help keep your bub safe from exposure to harsh UV rays.
If you’ve found an active pram with plentiful storage options, now is the time to explore what you’ll need to prepare for your first outings. You’ll always want to keep food and water on hand to keep your baby happy, so packing a small bottle bag is key. It might be helpful to keep an insulated bottle bag in your pram at all times. Alongside this, any comfort items like toys, pacifiers, and small blankets, should also be included in your selection. Even some extra clothes or added layers like a beanie and some mittens can make a world of difference when it comes to keeping your baby happy outdoors.
Naturally, what you pack largely depends on the length of your outing. If you’re planning for a full day out, it makes sense to pack around three or four extra nappies, as well as your baby wipes, changing pad, and other toiletries you feel you might need. It’s good to try and keep all your bulky items at the bottom of your stroller, under your baby, to keep your pram’s centre of gravity as low as possible and ensure that your child has a comfortable journey. For smaller trips around the block, wipes, some food, and a comfort item or two might be all you find yourself using. Even so, it’s always best to be over-prepared than underprepared.
3. Outings calendar
Finally, it’s good to keep in mind that introducing your baby to their wider world is a delicate process, and there’s no such thing as going too slowly. Your ideal first outing should be a simple stroll around the neighbourhood, that’s short enough to still be a pleasant, curious experience for your baby. You want to keep your baby’s early experiences within their pram as positive as possible so that you’re less likely to get public tantrums further down the line.
A surefire way of ensuring that your baby develops positive connotations with their stroller is by creating an ‘outings calendar’, which will help you plan longer and longer trips until your baby is comfortable with being out of the house and in new and unfamiliar environments for whole days at a time. When you reach this point, it’s time for you and your family to start considering taking your little one on long trips, or even overseas! If you handle this introductory process well, you might just find yourself with a little jet setter!
As we said earlier, it’s always better to be over-prepared than underprepared. You might find that your first experience with packing a pram could take well over an hour, and that’s okay! In fact, it’s quite normal. Just be sure to give both you and your little one plenty of time to learn the ropes, and you’ll both be ready for any adventures that may come your way.