For first time mothers shopping with a baby in tow can seem overwhelming. The thought of carrying a car seat and diaper bag into the store can be daunting enough, but adding the bags from the shopping trip to the mix nearly seems impossible. Figuring in the tears and coddling babies often require can keep a new mom from taking on the adventure at all.
It doesn't have to be this way. The truth is, now that you have a child you are going to have to adjust to this new way of life and the sooner you get to it the better off you are. By the time you add a second child to the mix you will be an old pro. Carrying a car seat and diaper bag while holding the hand of your toddler will just be a part of your life. I remember when my son was born, my daughter was two. I would often have my son in his seat while his sister was on my hip. Many people looked at me like I was nuts, but I just figured they didn't have kids and couldn't fathom what is possible for us superheroes that also go by the name of mom.
Bring Things to Keep them Occupied
For first time moms you will want to be able to keep your baby busy. If you are shopping with a baby under 6 months this should be fairly easy. Instead of worrying about the toys, opt to shop during nap time. Put the seat into a cart and be on your way. The movement of the cart should prove to be soothing and you will be in and out in no time. As your baby gets a little bit older you will want to hang toys from the seat to keep them entertained during the trip. Also make sure you always have a bottle in case of emergency fits that need a quick fix.
Being prepared is not limited to what your baby may need during your shopping extravaganza. Whether you are going for groceries or new clothes to fit your after baby body, you will want to know exactly what you are shopping for. This will help cut down on time and make it more likely that little Hannah doesn't get restless. Don't miss out on that new pair of jeans you have been admiring online, just know the quickest route to them and all other items on your list. In our current society shopping is made much easier by the resources we have online. No more looking for discounts or clearance racks, using discounts like Levi's coupons you can get all the savings you need and have them mapped out long before you ever leave your house.
Shop During Slow Times
Going to the mall on a Saturday is probably not the best idea. Likewise the grocery store on a weekend day is always a recipe for disaster. Go for days when the general public is working. The mall on a Monday morning is perfect. I do recommend shopping online when possible. Finding the best Black Friday Deal 2013 is something to be done via the internet, definitely not an adventure you will want to take with your new baby in tow.
There are many challenges new mothers face; this is just one of them. Once you have taken the step to care for another life outside your own it is inevitable that the things that were simple are now more difficult. Take it all in stride as one day you will look back and laugh at the memories.
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