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infant

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The first walk

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When, in what weather and for how long should you go outdoors with your baby for the first time is a subject that bothers most young parents. Not long ago it was almost obligatory to sit at an open window or outdoors for a long time after a 2-week quarantine at home, but such practices have become outdated. More and more paediatricians recommend taking your baby outdoors as soon as a few days after birth. However, in winter, when the temperature outdoors is too low to go for a walk, it is recommended to gradually prepare your baby for the outdoors by sitting at an open window. Look out the window and see if you would like to take a walk in such weather. If so, your baby will probably enjoy it, too.

The length of the first walk depends on the season. This doesn’t mean, however, that in autumn and winter you have to stay home all the time. Windless winter weather with temperatures above minus 10 degrees Celsius is a perfect opportunity for a nice short walk. You can start with just a few minutes and gradually make each walk longer. In hotter seasons the rule is the same: every day you can stay outside a bit longer. Remember, however, that in summer months when it’s hot outside, you should avoid going out between 11 am and 4 pm. Plan the right time for the first walk. You already know your baby’s daily rhythm: how often it wants to eat or nap. Go for a walk after feeding, because if your baby is hungry, it won’t enjoy the first walk.

Another question asked by many parents is how to dress the baby so that it is warm and comfortable. You may want to follow the rules used by our mums and grandmas: a little baby should have one more layer of clothing than an adult. Remember that your baby is almost motionless in the pram, which reduces its capacity for heat accumulation. If your baby has eaten and is well dressed, you are ready to go for your first walk. It won’t be long, so enjoy every minute. Good luck! A walk outside is a good way of invigorating you, getting some fresh air and spending some quality time with your baby.

If you want to benefit fully from the walk, go where the air is fresh, away from street traffic and pollution. The best place would be a park, a forest, or a meadow. Each season is good to go outside with your baby. You can take it outdoors during the afternoon nap, so that sleep is more efficient.

Appropriate clothes are also important. It’s best to dress your baby in several layers - in case of warmer weather you can take something off. On very hot days it’s crucial to put a hat or a breathable headscarf on your baby’s head. The length of the walk depends on the weather and the baby’s age. In winter it shouldn’t last too long. You can start with a few minutes and gradually prolong the walk up to 45 minutes. In warmer months, however, you can walk as long as you like. If the temperature outside is very high, it’s best to go out with your baby before noon (8 am - 11 am) or in the afternoon (5 pm - 8 pm). You may want to take some wet wipes with you to clean your baby’s hands, if necessary.

We recommend Bella Baby Happy Sensitive wet wipes. They are perfect for sensitive skin, as they contain no alcohol, and the aloe vera extract moisturises and conditions a baby’s delicate skin. They are available in packs of 10, so you can easily put them in your pocket or purse.

A long walk is also beneficial for the mum. Regular walking helps you lose weight and makes you feel better, thanks to endorphins, known as the hormones of happiness. Often, young mothers do not have enough time to exercise, so spending time with the baby outside can be additionally beneficial.

So walk for health!

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