When is Baby Ready for the Outdoors?
March 28, 2022The simple answer to this question is whenever you are ready, barring any health conditions that would prevent baby from going outside. To make the most of the venture, pick a time when your little one is calm and happy, like after they’ve been fed and had a diaper change.
Where to Go and What to Do
While your first adventure with baby outdoors might be as easy as a stroll around the block or a bike ride around the lake, getting out in warmer weather offers endless opportunities to expose baby to new sights, sounds, people, and adventures. Here are some activities to try that aren’t just entertaining but also are good for your little one’s social and intellectual development:
- Hike a nature trail
- Play with bubbles in a local park
- Listen to music at an outdoor venue
- Pick berries at a local farm
- Eat at an outdoor café
- Splash in a kiddie pool
There are so many wonderful things to do outside in the spring that give baby the chance to get a sense of the world and his or her surroundings.
Dressing Baby for the Outdoors this Spring
Spring temps vary from state to state, so a warm March day in Colorado is certainly different than a warm spring day in Florida! Because babies can’t cool themselves as well as adults, they’re more susceptible to overheating. It’s a good idea to dress baby in layers so you can remove some of the clothing as the temps get warmer. Also, bring along a hat to shield those tiny eyes and fuzzy head from the sun and a blanket to protect their arms and legs from getting sunburned.
What to Bring Along
Depending on where you go, and how long you’ll be out and about, bring extra diapers (and a bag to contain the dirty ones), wipes, and an extra bottle if bottle feeding. Skip the toys and let the outdoors be all the entertainment baby needs!
Also, you’ll want to decide how to transport baby on your outing. Will you be walking with a stroller? Wearing baby in a carrier or wrap? Carrying him or her in a car seat? Don’t forget to pack your apparatus!
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