You know fall is quickly approaching when Starbucks brings back their pumpkin spiced latte. Along with our favorite Starbucks drink comes one of our favorite family activities — visiting the pumpkin patch. As moms, we love watching our little ones pick a few pumpkins to take home, take a hayride around the pumpkin farm, visit the petting zoo on the property, and enjoy other activities such as food and games (depending on the pumpkin patch that you go to). Taking baby for the first time can be fun, especially if you can take some cute pictures for memories. Here are some tips to help your visit go smoothly.
Pushing a stroller on dirt isn’t convenient or practical on pumpkin patch grounds. This is one of several times you’ll be thankful you invested in a baby sling carrier. Carrying your baby will allow your hands to be free to pick up those perfect round pumpkins you’re planning on taking home with you. If your baby has older siblings, it will allow you to hold their hand as you navigate through the hundreds of pumpkins and the corn maze. You’ll also be able to enjoy your time better knowing your little one is as close to you as they can be.
If you’re breastfeeding, you can also feed baby in their carrier so be sure to bring a cover with you to keep you comfortable. If you’re bottle-feeding you’ll want to bring a serving or two of formula and a portable bottle warmer since it will be hard to find an outlet on a farm. If you’re little one just started solids, a baby food bottle feeder will make it easy for them to enjoy their favorite snack on the go. By sipping out of these cups, your little one can eat their favorite pureed food without having to set up a bowl and spoon. This is also a great way to avoid cleaning up messes as sipping from a spout avoids spills.
You’ll want to check the weather before you go so that you and baby can dress accordingly, especially if you live in a cold climate. For babies, it would be best if you can go during the day when it’s warmer so that you don’t have to expose them to the cool crisp fall air. Be sure to bring an extra outfit in case baby has an accident. You’ll also want to dress in layers. If it’s cold, the layer will be warm and comfy but if it’s warmer then you can just take a layer or two off so that it’s perfect for the temperature.
Other items you’ll want to be sure to pack with you are sunscreen, cash in case they or the other vendors on site don’t accept cards, and anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.
To make the most out of your visit, it’s best to go around nap time so that your baby isn’t cranky, and again, when it’s warm during the day. The best thing about going during the day is that most parents are working and kids are in school so the crowds will be smaller and that’s always much more pleasant isn’t it?