When you're home with a newborn, it's tempting to cocoon. After all, even a trip to the grocery store can be daunting: Do I really need to pack a change of clothes if I just need a carton of milk? We sought out veteran mamas for advice to help you get out of the house, from those first small steps all the way up to an overnighter.
Short Stops: Shop for groceries, pick up a prescription, deposit a check
Naptime Is Primetime
“I take the long way to the grocery store to make sure my 4-month-old falls deep into sleep,” says Amanda Grimm, a stay-at-home mom from Kettering, Ohio. “This way, I can take him into the store in his infant seat. I'll at least make it to the checkout line before he wakes up.” Once he's down for the count, you can extend naptime at the store. Gently pushing the cart back and forth can keep baby asleep while you wait at the pharmacy.
Before you head out the door, take a little time to plan your attack. Comparison shop by plugging in your ZIP code on groceryguide.com, selecting two grocery stores near you and comparing prices on items you need. Get coupons from dropdowndeals.com, a free browser add-on that displays current coupons on shopping websites like Kohl's and Target.
Shop Smarter, Not Harder
If you're already out, use the Google Shopper app to compare prices on everything from DVDs to diapers. Scan the barcode of any product and the app lists what sites carry the product and each website's prices on one screen.
“All you need: a boob, a sling and a diaper clutch for the essentials.” — RACHEL FROST