Being a mom isn’t easy, and being a first time mom is harder still. As a new mom, there are many obstacles that will come your way but one of the most testing situations you will go through isn’t the midnight feedings or teething pains or sleep deprivation. No, what will really test your mettle as a mom and your patience as a human being is having to travel with a baby in tow.That right there is what parenting nightmares are made of and the moms who insist it’s no big deal are either delusional, have saints for kids or just haven’t traveled far enough with a screaming baby in the backseat.
So for all you new mothers out there who have yet to plunge into this particular ordeal, here are some pointers to help you along the way and maybe allow you to retain some semblance of sanity on the flipside of this experience. So take a deep breath, buckle up, and remember:
1) Do NOT forget her stuffed giraffe. She will cry the whole way there and back again if you forget that bloody giraffe.
2) Repeat after me: you can never have enough wipes.
3) Rely on the kindness of strangers, especially when you have a baby in one arm, a gynormous baby bag in the other, and are trying to turn the bathroom door knob with your hip and wishing you have a third arm handy.
4) If travelling on a plane, bus or other public transportation, be mentally prepared to bear the wrath of your fellow passengers who can’t sleep/eat/write the great American novel because of your screaming baby
5) No matter how hot it is, ALWAYS have a jacket handy because you will require it before long and panic when you have none and 6 month olds really do not take kindly to attempted swaddling. Which reminds me: always trim your little angel’s nails before starting the journey if you want to reach your destination not looking like the bride of Frankenstein.
What would you add to the list?