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Taking your baby out for the first time

Taking a baby out for the first time is sometimes a worrying issue for most new parents, particularly first-time parents. The concern is that a newborns  immune systems has not adequately matured and therefore will struggle to fight off illnesses. Read our guide to taking your baby out.

So, When Is It Safe to Take Your Baby Out in Public?

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t take a baby outside for the first few weeks of theirBaby Ruby life. This information is typically provided by an old-school grandparent, aunt, or uncle who claims to believe they know it all.

The truth is, most pediatric health experts agree that infants can be taken out in public or outside as soon as their parents follow basic safety precautions. There’s no need to wait until the baby is six weeks or two months old. Getting out, especially in nature, is beneficial to both parents and babies. Sunlight and fresh air are beneficial to one’s health.

Tips on Taking Your Baby Out for The First Time

Feeling cooped up? Don’t worry! It’s natural for the new parent to be nervous. Every new mum has those “what if” concerns. Pre-parenthood, you walked out the door with nothing but wallet, keys, and your cell phone. You’re now in charge of a tiny baby who requires a plethora of items. What if you’re caught off guard and don’t have anything?

To help calm your nerves, we’ve compiled a list of tips for taking your baby out in public for the first time.

DRESS YOUR BABY RIGHT

It is critical to keep your newborn at the proper temperature. It’s a wise choice to dress your baby in layers, something you can remove and put back on. Dress them with one extra layer than you do.

If it’s cold outside, keep your baby warm with a blanket and hat. Remove a layer or two when you enter the warmth of your home.

When the weather is hot, you must take extra precautions to keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun.

DON’T BE IN A RUSH!

Don’t be in a hurry to get anywhere. Gather everything without regard to time constraints. It makes no difference where you go. Make it a habit to double-check everything and get out of the house only when you are ready, even when you have to be somewhere ‘on time’!

PLEASE GET THE CARRIER RIGHT

It’s common for parents to use baby carriers to transport their child out in public. A baby carrier is one of the safest and most effective ways of carrying an infant, even when you are only going for a walk. However, we want you to be aware that you should devote more time to the safety briefing. This is because many people will make mistakes on this. You may strap your child incorrectly or even miss something important, such as a mount, that keeps the entire thing in place.

Baby Carrier

PLAN AND PACK AHEAD OF TIME

Before the baby arrives, practice using the car seat and stroller. Pack the nappy bag with nappies, wipes, swaddles and extra clothing for both of you ahead of time. For your first solo journey, don’t go too far or plan ahead of time where to feed and change the baby.

Baby bag

TAKE IT SLOWLY

Our last and the best tip: Take it slowly and cherish every single second because time goes by so quickly. There will be many judgmental people in the world, so ignore them and do what is best for you and YOUR baby!

 

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If yes, then lets chat about self care in pregnancy and ways to get your pregnancy off to the best start!

Schedule A Check-Up

First things first, schedule a check-up for yourself. During this test, your doctor or ob-gyn will go over issues, such as you and your families’ health history.

doctors appointment

Make sure to bring a list of any questions you may have. Your visit should cover anything you’re worried about, from screening for any health conditions that can affect pregnancy to screening for pregnancy fitness.

Start Eating Healthy

Tired of flipping through the never-ending pages of a medical book trying to figure out what to eat during pregnancy? If yes, you’re on the right webpage. Healthy eating keeps you feeling better and gives your baby the essential supplements needed to grow and develop.

The best food to eat when you are pregnant are those that are packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients. Sometimes morning sickness may make you feel more like a Big Mac or a creamy donut but it’s best to maintain a healthy diet as much as possible.

healthy habits

Best and Worst Foods to Eat During Pregnancy [1]

When creating your healthy diet plan, you’ll need to focus on whole foods that give you higher levels of the good stuff, for example,

Protein

Calcium

Vitamins and minerals

Healthy fats

Complex starches

Fiber and liquids

Here are a few highly nutritious foods to eat when you’re pregnant to help ensure you’re hitting those supplement goals.

Water, water, water.

Fresh fruits & vegetables

Lean protein

Legumes

Starchy foods (carbohydrates)

Dairy products, especially yogurt

Salmon

Hydration is crucial! While recommending the best foods to eat when pregnant, remember a few things a pregnant woman should remove from the menu.

Alcohol

Seafood high in mercury

Limit caffeine intake

Limit foods high in sugar

Unpasteurized (raw) milk

* Fish with high mercury, such as (bigeye fish, marlin, orange roughy, shark, ruler mackerel, swordfish, or tilefish.)

no alcohol

Exercise Regularly

Moving your body is another incredible way to stay healthy during pregnancy. Strive to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise for an average of 150 minutes every week. Exercising will help you maintain a healthy weight.

Folic Acid — food for baby’s nervous system

Folic acid or folate is a B vitamin [2] that plays a vital role in synthesising nucleic acids during pregnancy. It forms the baby’s brain and spine. Its deficiency can lead to neural tube defects (spina bifida), cleft lip, and congenital heart disease. [3]

It is essential to start folic acid before pregnancy (three months before conception) and continue until the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The recommended dose of folic acid is 400[4] micrograms per day.

Revamp Your Wardrobe

You have no clue how much your body will change during and after pregnancy. How do you figure out how to look (and feel) presentable? The answer is the proper clothes! Here’s your closet scheme:

  • Go Drapey 

A pregnant and a new mother’s body is in a condition of transition that can be hard to dress.

Wearing tops and dresses that drape over and away from your belly, as opposed to fitting firmly, is a perfect choice. Shirt dresses, Empire-waist dresses, tunics, and tops with ruching are all incredible alternatives.

pregnant outfit

  • Keep Your Footwear Comfortable

As your body transforms, you need to feel as comfortable as possible and what you wear dramatically affects that. As the months’ progress, you may see your feet and lower legs beginning to swell. This can be a significant source of uneasiness, so pick your footwear accordingly– a good pair of sandals will be both comfy and cute.

Pause for a moment and take a deep breath

This is a defining moment…, likely one you’ll think back on for a long time to come. So, get excited- the fun is just starting!

 

For more on pregnancy read our blog about Old Wives’ Tales here

References

  1. The Best and Worst Foods to Eat During Pregnancy | Eat …. link
  2. Vitamin B / Folic Acid. Here
  3. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Sep; 10(9): 4352–4389. Published online 2013 Sep 17. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10094352
  4. Taking Folic Acid Before Getting Pregnant? – Clearblue.

Taking your baby out for the first time

Taking a baby out for the first time is sometimes a worrying issue for most new parents, particularly first-time parents. The concern is that a newborns  immune systems has not adequately matured and therefore will struggle to fight off illnesses. Read our guide to taking your baby out. So, When Is It Safe to Take […]

Read more

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Read more

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