Taking your newborn out for a stroll
Youíve just had a baby, a healthy bouncing bundle of joy. If itís a beautiful day, taking the baby for a walk may be just what the doctor ordered as long as youíre careful.
New babies shouldnít be exposed to crowds. Babies are irresistible and everyone wants to get up-close and personal, exposing your bundle to germs. And babyís immune system is still developing.
- Noisy places like shopping malls can also lead to over-stimulation. Think about it: your baby has been warm and safe inside your womb for nine months. Too much noise, light and movement can actually lead to poor sleeping habits (even worse than they already are) and inconsolable crying. You might want to postpone that trip to Disneyland for a while!.
- Keep contact at a minimum by going to a quiet park, or simply going for a nice walk around the neighborhood.
- Dress for a successful outing.
- Big tip: Donít dress too hot or too cold. Use your own clothing as a guide. If youíre wearing a sweater, baby needs one, too. Or at least a big fluffy, cotton blanket to snuggle under.
Enjoy the sun, but be protected.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only using a small amount of baby-approved sunscreen on very small areas like the face and the hands.
- Big tip: Make sure baby is wearing a hat and other pieces of clothing that provide sun protection. Sunscreen on newborns isnít always recommended so ask your doctor before applying.
Make sure your stroller has a sun and windscreen.
- If itís a windy day, babyís precious skin can become chapped and dry. A good baby lotion with good-for-baby ingredients can help before and after being outside.
And always remember: While your baby is new to your world and this world, he or she is also here to enjoy it. You donít want to expose your newborn to any unnecessary dangers but baby should be integrated into your life and your routine. While things definitely will change with a newborn, youíll both be happier if you keep doing the things you loveÖ. Like going for an afternoon walk. Take the dogs with you and everyone will be happy!