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Help me go somewhere with my baby. ANYWHERE.

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purrpurr Wed 10-Jul-13 17:16:57

Typing on an apple device so apologies in advance for the inevitable inappropriate autocorrects...

I have a 7 week old DD. I had an EMCS so I've spent a fair amount of time on the sofa. Roughly 7 weeks, give or take... I am about to spontaneously combust from boredom but I'm being a great big tit about leaving the house with my baby, thus:

- I can't take her in the car. I daren't. I'm getting 4.5 hours of sleep every night and I can't seem to nap during the day. Sometimes I'm so tired I nearly fall off the toilet, I despair of ever trusting myself to drive in the car. Is there any way around this - what do other sleep deprived parents do? The issue is made more tricky by the fact that I was a fairly new driver pre DD and I really don't like driving, I'm always scared I'm going to crash.

- I don't understand how I can have DD with me on public transport. Don't they make you fold up your buggy? So how do you possibly do that with one hand and not drop your baby? Is it easier than my over active imagination is making it out to be? I am so scared I'll drop her. And what about at train stations, most of them round me have lifts, in a way that means they can advertise they have lifts, but you practically need to write in advance to ensure there will be someone around on the day to unlock the thing so you can use it. Do you call the station beforehand and see if they have operational lifts or do they expect you to carry the buggy with one hand and the baby with the other up various flights of stairs?

- Where is good to go with a baby that needs to be fed every 2.5 hours?

Any advice greatly received.

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Fri 12-Jul-13 15:19:51

purrpurr - There are places online that offer 'try before you buy' on slings. Petit Poppet is one but I am sure that there are others. Post on the slings board if you want advice. Also worth posting there if you want some thoughts on what you'd like to try first.

Gooders79 Fri 12-Jul-13 15:35:11

Our local sling library will do a postal hire system, yours might too?

MrsHoarder Fri 12-Jul-13 16:35:28

Before I paid I would have asked customer services if I could park my trolly behind their desk whilst I take the baby to the toilets. They never mind, but I wouldn't want to chance out with shopping I'd paid for.

noblegiraffe Fri 12-Jul-13 16:57:32

I normally abandon my full but unpaid for trolley in the middle of a quiet aisle while dashing to the loo with my toddler who has just loudly announced that he wants a wee. It's always there when I come back!

GEM33 Fri 12-Jul-13 17:33:47

Most nappy changing loos in supermarkets are big enough to take your trolley in and have loos in.

MsPickle Fri 12-Jul-13 19:35:07

Excellent work purrpurr!

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