Raise your hand if, at least once, you have not posed the problem that to go for a walk with babies is dangerous for his/her health.
Curious to know the truth?
Well.. in this article you will discover ALL the pure truth on the subject.
HOW LONG THE FIRST WALKS SHOULD LAST
New parents, if they manage to organize themselves, can bring the baby to the open air from the very first hours of life. Not only, in fact, the stimuli coming from outside stimulate the intellectual development of the little one. But the daily outings help him at the same time to relax and learn to distinguish the day from the night.
Newborn babies usually eat every two to three hours. If mom breastfeeds, especially in spring and summer, there are no problems. At any time, in fact, she can stop and feed her baby.
For the others it is necessary to organize with the feedings. Therefore if necessary you can bring with you a bottle and a pack of liquid milk that you can heat in the microwave. Alternatively in a thermos, the quantity of hot water needed and the corresponding amount of milk powder. By the way, single-dose containers are very useful for transporting milk.
Apart from these little tricks, there are no limits to the duration of the walk. If the weather is mild, the weather conditions are good and it’s not too cold, mom and dad can be around with their baby for as long as they want.
Instead, long walks are not recommended when there is too much wind or excessive cold.
Rush hours should also be avoided. When traffic is more intense and the air, particularly in large cities is more polluted and particularly crowded areas.
In the first few days of life it is good to also avoid public places with a high density of attendance (shopping malls, department stores, markets…) where the greater the possibility of contracting viruses and infections.
Going out with newborns in winter can you ? You must !
Do you think that the cold can hurt your baby by a few days or a few months? If so, nothing more wrong.
Pediatricians say it is much more harmful to keep him indoors for many hours. Perhaps with all the windows closed so as not to create currents and overheating, breathing stale air that can dry out or irritate the mucous membranes of the nose.
The recommendation is to go out at least once a day and it doesn’t matter if it has also snowed. The air will also be more purified.
It is scientifically proven that children who are in the open air get less ill than those who are wrapped up in the house.
Going out with newborns in winter is also useful for another reason. Exposure to sunlight promotes the absorption of vitamin D, essential for calcium assimilation. Therefore for the health of bones and teeth.
Even if we are in February, however, always remember to put a mosquito net on the stroller. So that the rays (if there are any!) reach your child in a more attenuated way.
The walk with the newborns in winter should be done at slightly warmer times, so in the late morning or very early afternoon. But go out however with any weather condition. Except one: the strong wind.
The raised dust can cause irritation to the child or facilitate the spread of various infections. For the rest, however, go ahead, even if it’s cold. Unless – but it is also useless to write it – your child is not in an optimal physical condition.
Cover the baby well, but do not suffocate him under duvets, blankets and scarves.
If the temperatures are very cold, or there is a risk of rain, you can use the transparent tarpaulin. That practically all strollers have included, but it would be better to let the child breathe freely.
If your baby’s skin is particularly delicate (and so it is for most children), the use of a light moisturizer is recommended before going out in winter. To be applied especially on the face, so that it doesn’t get red, and if it’s sunny always protect your baby with sun cream.
The advantages of a walk? Above all, in the little ones it increases appetite and facilitates relaxation.
Very often it is the occasion for a nice sleep, either in a stroller or in the pouch or in the sash. But it is also a way to enjoy a great deal of sensory stimuli: smells, colors, lights, noises. So why get stopped because of a bit of cold ?
After that, get ready, go and everyone out!
Go for a walk… how to dress up the newborn
In spite of what you think, even in the first days of life, there is no need to overly cover the babies. A chenille, or padded, onesie is perfect in the cold months. Alternatively the sleeping bag that is often sold with an optional extra for prams and strollers.
In addition, in spring, the chenille onesie can be replaced with one in cotton. The padded onesie you may prefer a light wool jacket and possibly a cover. Baby hats are not mandatory.
It is good, however, to keep his ears covered in strong windy conditions or if the outside temperature is very low.
In summer, a cotton headdress (or an umbrella) is necessary to protect the baby from the direct rays of the sun, the leotards, and in case, a light sheet are perfect.
Keep in mind that to be harmful to the health of a newborn is not so much the cold but the changes in temperature. During the winter, therefore, immediately discover the child when you enter the shops and cover him when you exit.
In summer, protect the baby with a sheet or, a cotton sweater from the air conditioning.
Needless to underline the obvious. When a baby is coming a thousand questions assail us and above all a thousand potential answers throw the new parents into total confusion.
Among the many doubts to be resolved, one of the most suffered by parents is:
“How do we take the child for a walk ?”
The market offers different solutions, but certainly in the end the choice is between pram/stroller, baby wrap, baby carrier.
Every “transport system” has its pros, and cons; our advice is always to inform you well to understand the one best suited to your lifestyle.
In conclusion, in order not to make a mistake in choosing which one to buy, You will find it extremely useful to read our in-depth articles on strollers and on the baby wraps and baby carriers. So as to really discover the features in detail and the usefulness of each of them.