Diapers, wipes, umbrella, sunscreen, extra baby clothes, extra mommy clothes, stroller, on and on and on. Getting out of the house with a new baby for a few hours can feel like you’re packing for a two week vacation. But every mom would tell you that getting out of the house will do wonders for your mood. Every time you leave the house, you will shed a few items from your list that you can go without. You will get quicker! Instead of 10 diapers for a 2 hour outing, you might end up taking 2. Or instead of the big diaper bag, you will take the small one.
Once you’re out, where should you go? Here are my three favorite things to do in the summer with nursing kiddos.
Find a close walking path. Most towns have some sort of walking trail available or you can find one in a town nearby. However, if you do not have a designated walking trail, the sidewalk will work just fine too! Breathing some fresh air in the sunshine will help with any sort of cabin fever a new mommy may be experiencing.
Head out to your local farmer’s market. Summertime is the perfect time to do your grocery shopping in the fresh air. Local food tastes amazing and usually doesn’t cost much more than buying from the supermarket. Here’s my tip: Wear your baby in a baby wrap or carrier, and use your stroller to load up your goodies.
Don’t be afraid to go camping with your nursing baby. Our daughter was nine months old the first time we took her camping, and looking back, I would have gone with her even earlier. It was surprising how easy it was to go camping with a nursing baby. You don’t have to worry about bottles or sanitizing. Milk on tap makes it easy to enjoy nature for extended periods of time. Don’t forget your pack and play for a clean safe place for baby to play (or nap).
Having a nursing baby only adds to the outdoor fun! Go ahead and try big things, momma! Start with a walk around the neighborhood and move your way up to a day at the zoo. Every time you leave the house will get easier than the last and some day you might get out of the house in 15 minutes. Miracles do happen!