February 13, 2013

Shopping with a newborn

Last month, Chris and I ventured out of SWPA for the first time in a long time. We didn't go far and we didn't stay long but it felt wonderful to get out of town. I was eager to hit the stores that Pittsburgh doesn't have: Saks, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdales, Loehmann's, Barney's Coop. With giftcards burning holes in my pocket I couldn't wait to hit the sales. But shopping while traveling with a newborn for the first time was way more difficult than I ever imagined.

en route to Friendship Heights

Between taking turns holding her, changing her, feeding her, and keeping her happy there was little time left for browsing. When strapped for time, I'm usually a "head directly to the sale rack, do not linger around new arrivals as they are out of your price range," sort of shopper. But sale racks are often disorganized and crowded. And for the first time in my life that disorganization overwhelmed rather than enticed me. So I wound up nursing the baby in an out-of-the-way chair while Chris looked around. BTW, thank goodness for Nordstrom. Their "Women's Lounge" was an oasis of calm for my harried, frustrated, and otherwise disappointed self. I really couldn't focus even when Chris had the baby because I spent those minutes worrying about whether she was ok, if she wanted to eat, did she need to be changed, was she on the cusp of a meltdown, etc. At the end of the weekend, I returned home empty handed.

I am sure I will get the hang of this eventually, right? Until then, thank goodness for online shopping.


Louise (whatlouwore365) said...

Not sure I ever got the hang of it when she was a newborn to be honest, now that she is a toddler she gets bored and wants to get out of her stroller to walk around rather than be strapped in and carted around the shops!

I took her to Reading when she was maybe 8 weeks old, with my Mum and sister and it was so exhausting stopping every few hours to breast feed (which meant finding the relevant room if we were in a department store or schleping off to the public toilets), checking her nappy, waiting for then getting in and out of lifts with the buggy as nothing is on the same level in Reading (we go to Newbury now as it's all on the same level pretty much, thank goodness!) I did not enjoy it one bit and nor did my sister or Mum I don't think!

Online shopping is indeed the way forward unless you go when it's her usual nap time, then you can get a good couple of hours in whilst they snooze in the buggy. I've found that I don't even mind paying a delivery charge now as when I compare it to the hassel of parking up, getting the stroller out, waiting for lifts (by lifts I mean elevators of course), placating her when she gets bored.... £3.95 or whatever is peanuts!!

Good luck Jess, I've loved reading about your parenthood adventure so far :-)
Lou x

Shari said...

I agree with Louise - my children are older (teens).  There was little online shopping and quite frankly I did not venture out of the house much.  As my children got older, I took a day off while they were at day care or school so they were in their normal environment and I did not have to worry.  I have to admit, I was probably more paranoid than the normal newborn mom as my son was VERY colicky.  Now that he is 15 and on the verge of driving and independence. I wish in some respects I could go back to the early months as they are kind of a blur.  So, in summary - ENJOY this time!!!!  It goes way too quickly and you then will have plenty of time to buy clothes (both at stores and online:).  Also note, don't worry about being a supermom and doing it all - do what is important to you!

Guest said...

In the early days, I agree it is hard to get any shopping done. Thank goodness for online shopping!  Perhaps as she gets a little older and has a more consistent nap schedule, you might be able to head to the shops, feed her, and then put her in her stroller and shop while she naps (if she is a good "stroller napper" - some kids are, some aren't). Once they hit the toddler years, I found that it's all about distractions. I would load my stroller with books, toys, and snacks galore just so I could get in a little shopping time...even though I still ended up trying on clothes at lightning speed! It takes some pre-planning (as does just about everything you do outside of the house with a newborn or toddler), but it works. You'll get a routine down soon enough and those excursions will not seem quite so challenging. The first ones are always the toughest. :)

Kathleen said...

You will totally get the hang of it. It will get easier as well. I think the hardest part about having a newborn (congrats, by the way!), particularly when she's your first, is that your life is so dramatically different that you feel a kind of loss of self. You have to re-think the way you do a lot of things (shop, eat, travel) that used to be intuitive. 

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