Workshop Going out with baby

Objectives

  • Provide a physically safe environment at home and in the community.
  • Promote safe, secure attachments.
  • Prevent child abuse.

Background information

Do you remember a time when if you felt like going out, you would just grab your bag and go?

You might have discovered it was cold out and you didn’t have a jacket, or you’d get hungry and decide whether you’d eat or just stay hungry until you got home.

You probably stayed out for as long as you wanted (or if you were younger, maybe you needed to check in with your mum or someone else). Generally, you only had to think about yourself.

Hasn’t life changed now that you’re a parent?

Ask participants to share with another person:

  • What is your baby doing now, especially regarding their motor and social–emotional development?
  • What has changed?
  • What’s new?
  • Have those changes impacted on going out with baby?
  • If so, how?

Think about all of the things that you have to consider now that it’s you and your baby.

  • What about when you want to go out without baby — how do you manage that?
  • How do you plan, to ensure baby is safe and well cared for?
  • Are there costs associated with it?

Process

If you want to go out and have to take baby with you, you may have to think about the following.

Discuss as a group or in pairs:

  • Do you really need to go out?
  • When is the best time to go?
  • Why might timing be important?
  • What do you need to take with you if it’s:
    • hot and sunny
    • cold and wet
    • likely to change from hot and sunny to cold and wet (or vice versa)?
  • What do you need to take if you’re going out for a few hours and baby might get hungry, or need changing or a sleep?
  • How can you prepare if it’s likely to be noisy, or people might be smoking or drinking alcohol?
  • Will you be taking a bus or a train, or travelling in a car?
  • Will you be driving and might baby get upset?
  • What if you want to go for a walk with baby while you’re out?

Activities

As a group, discuss:

  • What do we know about car seats?
  • What local facilities are around for parents to use when their babies need feeding, nappy changing or a sleep?
  • If we’re bottle feeding, what is the best way to keep milk formula cold or warm?
  • How might you heat up baby’s food?
  • Are there some cafés or places that don’t welcome parents with babies?
  • What do parents need to know or do when using buses or trains?



Resources

SKIP resources

  • Tips for babies
  • Tips for under-fives
  • The tricky bits
  • Whakatipu booklets: ‘Pēpi says’ and ‘Ngā tohu whānau’ sections
  • ‘Children need 6 things to grow into happy, capable adults’ poster

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