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Parenting on-the-go: getting out and about with a ...

Parenting on-the-go: getting out and about with a newborn

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Your first few trips out and about with a newborn can seem really daunting. What if you have a nappy explosion? Will your baby sleep peacefully on-the-go? And what about feeding in public…

There will always be things that don’t go to plan, but a little bit of preparation can make those first trips much easier. From making sure you have the right stroller, to packing everything you need, here are some tips to help you navigate parenting on-the-go with your newborn.

Plan your outing

The key to a successful trip out with a newborn is always in the planning! It can make getting out of the door a little bit slower, but it’s worth it to make sure you take the best route and have everything you need. Take into account your baby’s feeding and nap schedule, and try to time your outing to minimise disruptions.

Pack a changing bag with essentials such as nappies, wipes, a wipeable changing mat, extra outfits, muslins, dummies and formula (if you’re using them).

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Choose the right stroller

Investing in the right stroller makes getting out and about a lot easier. If you live in the city, a lightweight stroller that’s easy to manoeuvre on public transport is essential. If you live somewhere where you’ll be driving a lot, opt for a travel system that incorporates a car seat.

Giving you the best of both worlds, we love the Doona X. Effortlessly transforming from a stroller to a car seat, the innovative design features three adjustable recline positions. It transitions smoothly from the upright position to lie-flat, giving your little one a safe and comfy ride – whether you’re using it as a stroller or car seat.

Dress your little one comfortably

Choose something comfortable and weather-appropriate to dress your little one in. Layers are perfect if the temperature outside is changeable. Don’t forget sunscreen and a sun hat if it’s hot, and warm snuggly outerwear for colder days.

Go somewhere that’s baby-friendly

Choose places that are baby-friendly and easily accessible with a stroller. The compact and lightweight Doona X makes this much easier, as it’s a breeze to steer through narrow entrances, hop on public transport with, and doesn’t take up too much space.

Doing short trips out and about in your local area will help to get your confidence up at first. Parks, shopping centres with family nursing rooms, and baby-friendly cafes with big squishy seats and plenty of room for you to spread out are all great options where you’ll be able to meet your little one’s needs. Local baby and parenting classes are also brilliant for meeting other new parents who are experiencing all the same things as you.

Prepare for feeding

If you’re breastfeeding, the first feed in public can seem a bit daunting! Make sure you’re somewhere warm and cosy, where you can relax. A nursing cover can make you feel a bit more comfortable, especially if you’re new to breastfeeding.

If you’re formula feeding, pre-measuring your chosen milk into individual containers makes things easier on-the-go. Or bring pre-made formula in an insulated bottle bag instead.

Think about nap time

Newborns sleep so much that it’s likely your little one will be napping on-the-go whilst you’re out and about. Make sure they have somewhere safe and cosy to sleep.

The Doona X is great for this, as it reclines to a flat position. Designed in collaboration with medical experts, it mimics a natural foetal position, supporting baby’s spine during the crucial development stage. It also has additional padding for newborns, making it super comfortable as well as safe.

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Go with the flow

Things don’t always go to plan with a newborn, so be prepared to just go with the flow. Your little one’s needs come first, and friends and family will understand that. So don’t stress about sticking to your schedule if their nappy needs changing or they need a feed.

Even if you’re not driving, the Doona X can give you more flexibility when you’re out and about. If you suddenly need to hop in a taxi, we love how quickly and easily it converts from a stroller to a car seat.

Look after yourself

Don’t forget to take care of yourself whilst you’re out and about with your newborn. Pack some mama essentials in your changing bag, including snacks and water. It’s important to keep your energy levels up by staying nourished and hydrated.

Enjoy the moment

The first few weeks and months with a newborn are so precious. You’ll be exhausted, so take things slow and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to keep up with your pre-parenthood social life.

Simple things like strolling around your local neighbourhood or walking in the park will become treasured memories, so just enjoy the adventure of bonding with your new baby.

This is a Paid Partnership in collaboration with Doona