For any parent, the thought of leaving the house with your newborn or infant can be terrifying. There are so many germs out there, what if my child catches something? What if they scream or become inconsolable while I’m in a store? How am I going to manage moving them around, my belongings, and anything else I may need? These are all legitimate concerns, but none of them are impossible to overcome. Read on to see our take on getting out with multiples and how to remove some of these worries from your mind.
Have a Plan
One of the most important things you can do when trying to get out with multiples is to know where you are going, what you are doing, and approximately how long you will be out of the house. Based on the answers to these questions, you can determine when the best time is to leave, what items you will need to bring with you and how much help you may require to get out of the door on time. Try to plan your outing around your baby’s sleep schedule. Typically, if you try to leave first thing in the morning or right after your infant has awakened from a nap, they will be more content throughout your adventures.
Once you’ve figured out some of the details of your planned time away from home, it’s time to do a little prep work. Getting out with multiples requires a little bit more of everything than a singleton would require, make sure you pack your diaper bag accordingly. Be sure to color code or otherwise mark which items in your diaper bag are for which child. If you are planning to go into a store or anywhere that may require walking, make sure to bring a stroller, so you don’t have to try to juggle carrying multiple carriers or newborns. One stroller that we love is the Baby Jogger City Select.
There is no shame in asking for help, especially, from your partner. Getting out with multiples can be a real challenge, but your partner, friends, or family can help lighten the load by pitching in a little bit. Having extra hands can assist in ensuring that everything gets done quickly and efficiently which increases your chances of leaving on time while maximizing the amount of time you have out and about.