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    Default Best time to go walking or in the car.

    Hi there

    Being new to all this with a 9 day old, I am wanting to start going for a short walk next week with bub in the pram or going on a small outing to get out of the house for a little while.

    I am wanting some advice on when is the best time to do this... eg before or after a feed ?? etc etc.

    We had to go out the day after I came home from hospital and found that we went straight after a feed. Bub cried after we got her out of the car though and then in the pram at the shops too.
    I ended up having to sit in the back on the way home to try and calm her which didn't really work.
    I know it was probably too much to expect but I was hoping that after feed time would be best as I thought she would be sleepy and just sleep but that was not the case.

    Any ideas from anyone on this?????

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    At that young I found going immediately after a feed was best. That gave me the longest possible time before Chloe would need another feed. But with bubs feeding every two hours, from start to start, that "window" of time to go out is sometimes less than an hour by the time a feed is done, bub is changed and into the car. So you really need to be prepared to feed whereever you go. I've seen mums abandon full shopping carts in the middle of stores because bub HAD to be fed, NOW!

    A short walk around outside is a great idea, the fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine will be good for both of you. I found afternoons better than mornings, mainly because it took me that long to get organised enough to be dressed and get out the door. Also the day is warmer by then.

    I think the biggest thing with new bubs is to try to be flexible about when you go somewhere. Start small with walks and trips close to home or where you'll be comfortable if you do need to breastfeed, until you can work out a pattern that suits you and bub.

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    Hiya,

    I found that for the first few weeks I took bub no where as the window of opportunity was very minimal and plus she was so small (2.6kg) that she was swimming in her pram and would fall out anyway! plus with the heat being 40 degrees here at that stage, going out wasn't practical so we stayed at home in the cool air conditioning. Plus I had a caesarian so I wasn't really into walking!

    If you are quite happy to feed while out and about then go for it! I know that it took me a few weeks to get the real hang of this breastfeeding thing so I didn't feel confident or comfortable to feed anywhere but at home. We also gave her a dummy to settle her in between feeds if she was grizzly in which ended up becomming a HUGE curse so don't go there if you can avoid it and trying to get rid of the darn thing later on so you don't have to get up every 10 minutes to pop it back in their mouth is a real pain.

    It's great to get out of the house for fresh air and a change of scenery but do it when you feel comfortable and when you won't be stressing that bub will start to cry! I would do it straight after a feed and when the sun was shining and I would usually go in my pj's at that stage due to lack of sleep!!

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    Hi There

    It's really good that you're making an effort to get out and about already. You can feel really lonely and isolated with a newborn. My DS is almost nine weeks old, and we started walking every day when he was about two weeks old. I found it best to go walking straight after a feed, as I started the sleep, feed, play(awake) routine pretty much straight away, and I classed the walking as his play(awake) time. Most of the time he would just fall asleep in the pram anyway. Getting out in the fresh air and the sunshine is great for you both, especially if you are having a bout of the baby blues.

    As for the shops, most large shopping centres have parents rooms that you can duck into and feed bub if need be, and then you can go on your merry way and continue shopping. I found the parents rooms a great place to meet and chat with other mums too.

    It may be possible that your baby is crying from too much visual/mental stimulation, as she is only 9 days old, and their little brains are taking in so much while they're awake that they become frazzled easily. We found that the best way to aleviate this while we were out was to put a blanket, or something similar over the cot (some cots come with covers) to block out some of the visual stimulation, light and noise. Keeping them wrapped tightly to feel secure also helps.

    I really recommend joining a group of new mothers too. Our ante-natal class has been meeting weekly since we all had out bubs, and I find it really useful for the social contact and to compare notes and experiences. It helps you feel like what you're doing is right and "normal" and was great for my confidence.

    Hope it all goes well for you.

    Kirsty

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    I took Raleigh for her first outing at a week old. I gave her a big feed and took her out for a few hours. She did get hungry while we were out but I went to a parent's room with hubby and sat down and breastfed there. Sometimes she does cry when she's in her pram but its only usually when she's sitting still.

    Try to find some music to play in the car if bub's is unsettled. Mine's favourite is Techno music. My two Ministry of Sound albums probably have holes burned in them now LOL.

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    Isn't it annoying? Everyone says "just put them in the pram or the car and they'll go to sleep even when they're really upset" - yeah right! I found it really disappointing with my bub because I wanted to go walking to get back in shape but found she screamed the 1st few times I put her in the pram and then I was too scared to go walking for a few weeks - same story with the car seat. Like everyone else I found the best time was to go straight after a feed, and also to take a dummy and not to go too far away (walking). You could even do a circuit of a few streets near your house for the first few walks while you get the hang of it so that if everything goes wrong you don't have far to go. I remember thinking it would be a great idea to walk to meet my husband coming home from work, and ending up with a screaming hungry 3 week old in a park about 10mins walk from home and major bf probs so I couldn't feed her there and I basically ran all the way home and ended up a stressed out mess! At least if you put them in the pram with a full tum you know that's one less reason for them to cry.

    I also think it's best to travel in the car when they've just been fed. I made the mistake of trying to take my daughter out when I thought she "should" be tired (ie she should fall asleep in the car) and she decided to scream instead - doesn't make for safe driving conditions. Another good thing I've learnt is that it's easier and safer in the long run to pull over and feed the baby if they're really crying rather than making them wait till you get home.

    It's all trial and error really though because it totally depends on the baby's personality, so just see what works (also, what works one day might not work the next!). If possible, try to have someone with you if you're nervous about walking or driving with the baby, because it makes it all seem much less of a big deal while you get used to it.

    Good luck with everything!

    Lucy

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    Yep - I agree with the others!
    We started going out for walks even after a few days home - I just go stir crazy being inside the house all day AND night Now it's just part of the daily routine pretty much.
    We always go mid to late afternoon (depending on weather) as I have read that research shows an afternoon walk in the daylight helps babies learn the "day / night" pattern more quickly and helps them sleep better at night.
    Initially it was just around the block or up and down the street - so if I had to feed could go straight home. We always go after a feed - but wait about 10-15 minutes usually to give her tummy time to settle a bit (and takes me that long to put onsome walking clothes & shoes & have a drink etc anyway....LOL)
    We too have always done the "feed, play, sleep" routine......bubby has had her moments in the stroller too, esp in those early weeks.......just the amount of stimulation it provides I think. I always made sure to snuggle her in tightly and put the stroller cover right over etc so she was quite "cocooned" in there and not overwhelmed by the sudden "space" factor.....iykwim?

    Other times I would put her in the sling and walk around - if you don't want to do the whole stroller thing and bub is unsettled..............

    Good on you for wanting to get out - I know that feeling and believe it's great for both you and bub - it really helped me and I found even after a week or 2 I looked forward to it - even if it was only 10 minutes........made me feel better.
    T


 

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