Alone? With my first, I really don't know. Probably at least that age. With my second, about 5 days (and only because I was so incredibly engorged and uncomfortable prior to that). On my own with both kids after 2 weeks.
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02-03-2016 19:27 #11
02-03-2016 19:32 #12
Two weeks. I was scared to leave the house with him but I was getting serious cabin fever so I just couldn't wait any longer. My first outing was very short though, pretty much a walk around the block to get milk with DS in the baby carrier. Each outing I got more confident and realised that I most certainly could cope.
02-03-2016 19:33 #13
I left the house the day after we got home from the hospital, but that was with DF. Not sure when I first did it alone, DF went away when DD was three weeks old so then if not before.
Maybe try going out straight after bub and been fed and has a clean nappy and start by going somewhere familiar that has a good parent room. Maybe your local shopping mall?
02-03-2016 19:41 #14
All six of mine we were out about from day dot.
I am easy going and i breastfeed everywhere doing all sorts of stuff.
Maybe try a carrier or wrap for your first outing that way you can feed her on the run or sit and enjoy a drink while you feed.
02-03-2016 19:48 #15
We took DD1 to the shops on the way home from the hospital, and I had to take them both out when DD2 was 4 days old for her hearing test back at the hospital. So pretty much straight away. Though I kept them in a wrap on my chest so people couldn't touch them.
02-03-2016 20:03 #16
2 weeks with my twin boys, though that was with hubby. I went solo for the first time at 6 weeks.
02-03-2016 20:08 #17Senior Member
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As soon as i could. If breastfeeding i put bub in pram or car straight after a feed and either walked or drove somewhere. My little one had hardly any awake time between feeds for months and i relished that time when i could actually go out with a sleeping baby.
02-03-2016 20:12 #18
I had a prem 5 weeks ago that was 8 weeks early she's not due till end of March
We took her out together the next days after she was discharged from hospital
Today I went out alone with her without dh. It was good but I know it can be a bit full on.
Are you able to meet with someone local for a coffee, it will give you a little bit of alone time untill you meet that person and then you'll have help/company if you need it.
02-03-2016 21:05 #19
I went shopping the day after I got out of hospital with my first but it was an easy birth and he was feeding like a trouper. I have had a fussy feeder before and whilst the first time out was tricky it did get easier. Maybe just stick to places you know you will have a private place to feed (like a good parents room)
03-03-2016 06:40 #20
With my first it was some months before I would go on big solo outings but that was mostly circumstantial rather than not feeling confident to do so.
I remember my first big solo trip, and also my first time driving again after a c-section was to a funeral about an hour away. I just fed and changed DD in the car when I arrived, and again before I left. Was no dramas.
I didn't tend to go out much as I really had no need - I live on property in a good sized house so didn't really experience cabin fever, would take DD for a walk in the neighbourhood most days so could get milk and bread on the way, and besides all that, and perhaps most importantly, I had a DD who had very little awake time and loved her sleep (if only she loved it as much now 3 years on lol) so I was loathe to interfere with that without good reason as it gave me time to catch up on rest, housework and TV which after however many years of working long, long hours was a real luxary!
My first real outings where I had to be somewhere at a specific time were the Welcome to Parenthood classes but DD was 4 months old by then and I was comfortable and confident heading out and about and feeding out and about.
I have fed both my bubs in the car if we are out and about. Comfortable, reasonably private with tinted windows, air conditioned and less distracting for bubs. I have a X-Trail so also change bubs in the boot as there is plenty of room and it is at the perfect height.
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