Getting around town with your new addition to your family can be challenging. New babies are so little and need special care in the car, in a snugli, or sling. Make sure to support the babies’ head in any situation. For car seats they make car seat head supports that you can throw into the wash. They are well worth the investment for your babies’ comfort and you can find them for under $20.
A sling is a wonderful way to walk around with your little one and keeps them right up against your chest. The sling continues into toddler years. Slings come with diagrams of many different ways to position your baby to toddler in comfort and a sling frees you up to use your hands. A sling supports your posture too. Make sure the support around your back is wide and padded for your comfort.
Other recommendations for you and your baby:
- Take your baby out of the car seat when you are parked. You will be giving your baby air, connection to you and best of all, divesting yourself of 15 pounds that you do not need to carry around. You will get adept at getting your sleeping baby to and from the car without putting unneeded strain on your back.
- Simple umbrella strollers are great to keep in the car for Dads, baby sitters and grandparents too. Find the ones that you can open and lock together with one hand, pushing a button just like a traditional rain umbrella. Make sure it is light- weight and the handles are adjustable.
- If your baby is struggling to sleep, then you might want to look into sleep training. There is nothing worse than sleepless nights, for you or your baby; we’ve all been there.
- A sunshade for your car window is a good idea. These shades are sold by QuikSnap and will help to keep your baby cool and protected on car journeys.
- A large blanket or quilt can be put down anywhere. Keep 2-3 in your car for impromptu park picnics, or play dates.
Remember natural and simple is always best. Follow your health care providers advice when it comes to you and your baby.