The Chinese New Year is around the corner. It’s a time for families to come together and celebrate!
If you're a new parent, you're likely excited to take your baby out to participate in the festivities.
However, preparing for a day out with a little one can be overwhelming.
So, here are some tips to help make the experience comfortable and less stressful.
1. Plan ahead for your day out.
Before you head out, make sure you've packed everything you'll need for the day, including diapers, wipes, extra clothes, snacks, and a spare pacifier if your baby uses one.
It's also a good idea to map out your route and plan your day in advance, so you know where you're going and what you'll be doing. This is especially helpful if you are planning to pump or breastfeed.
Carrying a nursing cover is a great idea so that you can pump or nurse anywhere by instantly creating a private space for yourself. It’s also helpful to carry some snacks in your bag since it is advisable to eat frequently while breastfeeding.
2. Dress your baby appropriately.
Chinese New Year can be a busy and crowded time. So, it's important to dress your baby in comfortable, breathable clothing that's easy to move in.
Avoid thick fabrics as babies can quickly overheat in the crowds. You can choose to dress the baby in comfortable layers so that you can add or remove layers depending on the weather.
3. Prepare what you are going to say to everyone.
For some of you, this might be the first time meeting lots of people at once with your baby.
The more people you meet, the more you might be exposed to their opinions on childcare. You might find yourself receiving unsolicited advice and comments on the dos and don’ts of parenting.
When you are just looking to have a good time with your loved ones, these comments can feel overwhelming.
Prepare beforehand what you are going to say to people you meet about raising your baby. Keep your responses short and polite, but firm.
4. Keep your baby close.
In the crowded streets and busy markets, it's important to keep your baby close to you at all times. Use a baby carrier or a stroller, and make sure your baby is securely fastened in.
5. Take breaks as needed.
Chinese New Year celebrations can be tiring for both you and your baby. So it's important to take breaks throughout the day.
Find a quiet spot to sit and rest, or head back to your hotel or home for a nap.
6. Dress comfortably yourself, too.
Just as it’s important to take care of your baby during this new experience, don’t forget to be mindful of your own comfort! Wear a nursing bra or a pumping bra depending on whether you choose to breastfeed or pump.
Also, dress comfortably in appropriate clothes that help you nurse on the go when the baby is hungry. A nursing camisole with a nice cardigan or a kimono can be the perfect outfit for the festivities.
If you face milk leaks, you can carry breast pads to feel more comfortable during your day out.
The Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate and enjoy yourself. Don't be afraid to take your baby out and participate in the festivities. But also be prepared to take things at your own pace and make adjustments as needed.
After all, it’s all about having a good time as a family and giving your baby exposure to a new experience. With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy the celebrations with your little one in tow.
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