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I remember the first time, I ventured out onto street of New York with a baby in tow. I think at that time, my first was about 6 months old. My husbands cousin was in town from London, so being a dutiful wife I felt compelled to take her sightseeing. So we packed everything we could think of and boarded the train. New mom syndrome, I didn’t want to forget anything, so I took everything; it was a rookie mistake. I’ve since learned the secret to Navigating NYC with a Baby – Travel Light – Less is More. Since, I am not much of a minimalist, it’s been interesting to say the least. However, practice makes perfect, by the time I had my second, it had become second nature. I’ve various apps on my phone from finding suitable parking spots, to locating which restaurant has the cleanest bathroom to where the closest CVS store is, in case we need extra diapers or wipes. Yes, when you have kids those things that seem mundane or trivial becomes all the more important. Read on for tips on navigating NYC with a Baby.
Navigating New York City with a Baby
With proper planning and the right essentials, I’ve been able to navigate New York City with not one but two kids in tow. Before venturing out, I make sure to pick up a few diapers and wipes like the Huggies Snug & Dry and Huggies Wipes Clutch.
Understand that you can’t take the whole house with you.
So start by packing just the essentials. Remember, less is more. Take the bare minimum, which are ready to feed formula, blanket, bib, favorite toy, diaper ointment, diaper, baby wipes, metro card or train ticket and your wallet. Thankfully, my 2nd born was strictly breastfed so I didn’t have to worry about formula.
Ditch the stroller and just wear the baby.
For the hustle and bustle of New York City, it’so much easier to move around without having to worry about stroller size or weight. So I highly recommend mastering the art of baby wearing. There are lots of choices on the market right now to fit your style. So you shouldn’t have any problem finding one you like. My favorite is the forward facing ones with adjustable straps, those were God send.
Accept that things might not go as planned.
Yes, even with a well thought out plan, sometimes things do happen. If you find yourself in a bind, low on wipes, or diapers. Fear not, CVS Pharmacy is within close proximity so you can easily run in and grab a pack. You will find the diapers and wipes in the same aisle as the baby food, you can’t miss it. If you happen to have a coupon, it’s even better.
Dress appropriately and have fun.
Make sure you’ve on comfortable shoes. You will be walking quite a bit. Dress according to the weather. Most, importantly relax and enjoy yourself. New York city has a lot to offer. It’s a melting pot with different culture, amazing food, and wonderful people.