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Do you make quick trips to the store or supermarket to pick up a few items? Have you perfected your quick “get set, ready, go” method for getting dressed to go any place from church to a concert? Well, when baby arrives, you’ll find that that the words quick, easy, fast will fade from your vocabulary. Although I didn’t always feel this way when my daughters were infants or toddlers, I now believe one of the best things that young children teach us is to slow down, appreciate each moment.
When baby arrives, your quick trip to the supermarket or any errand requires more planning. You pack a bag for baby, which includes everything from extra diapers to extra milk to extra bibs. You pack a bag for yourself, which includes more of baby’s things and your wallet.
Depending on your personal preference, you may decide to wash and change baby before or after his or her bag is packed. In reality, it matters little because no one can possibly know when your little blessing will poop or spit up while giving you the most adorable smile that you’ve ever seen.
I would suggest to any new mom when she is taking her baby on her quick errands, to allow at least 30 minutes to 1 hour extra for preparation. I would probably suggest more time if she is taking her baby on a longer trip.
What helpful advice would you give an expectant mom to help her mentally prepare for a new baby?