You are not alone, and you don't have to be alone.
Babywearing can be a huge tool for getting out of the house. Wraps are small, portable, become super easy to use, and have the huge benefit of being a calming place for your baby! Wearing your baby can reduce crying by up to 40% ( hello conversations with friends). No more endless walks around the block in your stroller while your friends wait for you at the cafe. No more aimless trips in the car. Plus it's convenient and offers cover for nursing (if that's your thing).
Getting your baby comfy in a sling or wrap can also make it easy to hand your wee bundle off to friends, partners, or grandparents while you have a bath all to yourself (gasp!), put on makeup, do your hair, or just eat with both hands (so good)! My baby wraps allowed me to gain the confidence I needed to leave the house in a snap - or ok, less of a schlep.
Tips on finding new mom friends
- Reach out to old friends you've lost touch with who've had babies before you (and say no to the guilt you feel about losing touch in the first place).
- Join drama-free local mama Facebook groups (and avoid any judgemental groups like the plague).
- Find local mama events - meetups, sleep expert talks, baby store community events etc...
- Be friendly to other mamas you see out and about, offer help (not advice), give a smile, tell them they're going a good job.