Any tips, tricks, or hacks when it comes to taking baby out and about, alone? I’ve literally only been out alone with my almost 9 month old maybe four times! It seems so much easier when I bring another adult along. Or is that just me? TIA

  • Andrea
    Jan 31

    Maybe start small - go for a quick walk. Then ramp it up - find a destination that’s a longer walk away - maybe a coffee shop or a favorite store. Then maybe a quick drive. It’s really not so bad once you get comfortable with it. You just need to build up your comfort and confidence.

  • Maya
    Jan 31

    When my baby was smaller i would wear him (using solly wrap) and take him for a walk or grocery shopping. He feels super comfortable in it and he enjoys being wrapped around me. Also I used the wrapper because I could never figured out how to use the ergo baby. Agreed with starting small. Take a walk around the neighborhood and then gradually make bigger trips if you want. I would say don’t worry too much, people are nicer when you have a baby with you. To me it felt refreshing to go out once in a while.

  • Nikola
    Jan 31

    What is it that makes you anxious? Start to walk around the block every single day. It takes 5-10 minutes to be back home in case of a diaper blow out or whatever might happen. Or go get the mail, talk to a neighbor,... It's so important for everyone's sanity to get outside, especially once baby becomes a toddler.

  • Rachel
    Jan 31

    I think after you’ve mastered short walks, etc., going to the mall is a good next step if you have one that’s only a short ride away. If you’re breastfeeding, you can use dressing rooms for some privacy (and for diaper changes too), and I’ve found it less stressful knowing I can take my daughter, who just turned 5 months, for some quiet time when she gets fussy. Plus being indoors makes dealing with the cold easier as well.

  • Bunny
    Jan 31

    I have mastered 9 alone this last summer I took 7pf them to California on a 7 day trip. Just know in your head you can do it :)

  • Cassandra Fujii
    Jan 31

    Always bring to go bottles or pre-made bottles, wipes, diapers, binkys, and a change of clothes in your diaper bag or purse. It's super helpful for me!

  • Andrea
    Jan 31

    Oh, and most if not all baby stores - Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, etc.. have mommy rooms where you can go to nurse, feed, change, or just get out of crowds for some quiet time.

  • Sarah
    Jan 31

    Me and my 3 mo go almost everywhere alone bc my husband works a lot! We like going to the mall. I feel safe at the mall and they have a family lounge with place to BF and change baby if needed. I like it because I can get my steps in and baby likes to be out and about anyway. I don’t have to worry about rushing home or not having a place to feed/change him either.

  • Christina
    Jan 31

    Baby wear. It was the only way I grocery shopped. People understand that babies cry and won’t think you are terrible if yours does.

  • Sheila
    Jan 31

    I baby wear as well - so easy!

  • shalry
    Jan 31

    Its always easier with another adult along. I always make sure that she is dry and full right before leaving my house. Id try to find activities in your area such as mommy and me classes, music classes, indoor playspaces. That way you have a nice clean place to change and feed your baby. You and your baby can also get some socialization time as well. Its a win win..the more you do it..the easier itll get..you got this!

  • Natalie
    Jan 31

    I made it my goal to get out of the house every day. It didn’t happen every day haha. But having a goal helps! I had really bad social anxiety when I first had my little one. I was always worried about what everyone else thought of me. The more you do it the less bothered you are. That’s the only way to get over it! Also just a little tip. You don’t need to pack a full diaper bag if your just going to the park or around the block. I used to do that and now looking back it’s so not necessary!!!

  • Siobhan
    Jan 31

    My life changed when I started using the carrier instead of the stroller when I’m alone! I realized I could go anywhere without trouble! Good luck!

  • Yopolos
    Jan 31

    one key thing: don’t be in a rush. Just pack a bag full of stuff you need, try to get the baby as comfortable and full as possible and don’t worry about what anyone thinks if you have to stop and change a poop explosion in the back of your car while the baby screams (my baby is 8 weeks old and she’s been in this situation more times than I can count already). Likely if you are in a tough moment I’ve found a stranger will help. I didn’t bf in public with my first for months, and now I’m chasing two toddlers and bfing my newborn in the mall rarely having time for a cover. Yesterday’s dr appt was three sick kids and a candy cane stuck to my clothes that had been eaten and rejected at 9am. But hell, we made it to food shore and the drs office in one morning. I did have the gracious help of another woman who helped me out my groceries in the car while I got the kids buckled in. It works out. Just keep trying. Good luck. It’s definitely intimidating with that first one your own.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 31

    If you’re going to the grocery store, park next to a cart return so you don’t have to drop off your groceries at your car, walk to return the cart, and walk back to the car. This is especially helpful if you’re baby is crying and you need to get home quick!

  • Raqui
    Feb 01

    I felt so clumsy in the beginning. Lots of great tips here. You just get better as you do it more often. You’ll be a pro in no time

  • Emily
    Feb 01

    We went out on short excursions multiple times per week. I went to target and babies r us....to return items from the baby shower as well as regain my sanity!! Also walks around the neighborhood helped. With the flu being particularly fun this year (Dripping sarcasm), you may want to skip the mall. People (especially little kiddos) seem to always want to touch/get in the babies face....so watch out for curious little ones! 😃😃.

  • Emily
    Feb 01

    Oh, and try to be a little flexible with your day....I can’t even begin to count the number of times I thought I would be able to do x, y and z errands and ended up aborting the errand run after only one or no errands were done. 🤪

  • Alyssa
    Feb 01

    🙋🏼🙋🏼🙋🏼 totally struggled with this! We had a stroller that helped out a lot! I agree about parking next to a cart return, honestly it’s a HUGE help when you’re ready to load and go! My biggest struggle was, of all things, ME! I was my own worst enemy! I figured everyone would be judging me and think I was a bad mom, who didn’t have it together. Yes, there were tears she sometimes because of me being my own worst enemy. Honestly, it took a few times, but you shortly find out the good in people who are willing to help you, who will hold the door open and wait or help you grab something! Also, like someone else said, lighten your diaper bag! Only pack what you would truly need if it’s a quick trip to the store! I had a gallon ziploc that I squeezed everything in as my “go bag”—a few diapers, wipes, an extra pacifier, and a change of clothes!- then all I had to pack was a snack or bottle/sippy and honestly I put it in my purse and went! Hope these tips help! 😘

  • Alexandria
    Feb 01

    Thank you everyone, all of this was great advice!!