Enjoy the Great Outdoors with Your New Baby
There's nothing quite like spending a day out in nature with your new baby. In fact, spending time outdoors is very beneficial for your little one because it helps to develop their immune system, improves sleep cycles and promotes physical development.
If you have always loved spending time in the great outdoors, then it's possible to bring your baby along for activities such as canoeing and hiking. However, even if you're not typically the outdoorsy type, there are plenty of simple activities you can enjoy out in the open air. Let's take a look at how to plan a wonderful outdoor adventure with your little one.
First and foremost, it's important to choose an activity that you'll be able to enjoy with your baby.
Choose an easy trail so that you won't need any special equipment. For example, avoid trails that require you to climb rocks or wade through streams. You should also avoid very long hikes so that your baby doesn't get tired, especially at first.
Start by planning a short hike of three miles or less where there are plenty of stops along the way. Make sure that you have a comfortable baby carrier so that your back doesn’t start to hurt and remember to keep a close eye on the weather.
Outdoor swimming pools make for fantastic family days out during the summer months. Babies love water play, and it's a great way to cool off on a hot day too. Look for public pools that have shallow areas specifically designed for babies and toddlers and plenty of shade available.
If you're not looking for anything too strenuous, picnics are a perfect way to spend a balmy summer afternoon, whether you want to head to the beach or simply walk to a local park.
They also represent a great opportunity to allow your baby to experiment with food and feeding themselves, without the hassle of having to clean your home from top to bottom afterwards.
If you're looking for a super simple way to enjoy the outdoors with your baby, why not take your usual indoor activities and transfer them to a blanket outside? Books, toys, singalong time and sensory play are all made even more enjoyable in the fresh air.
Now that we've covered a few great activity ideas, let's look at how to plan for your day out in nature.
The first step is choosing the activity and location. If you're nervous, why not start in your own back garden or a nearby public park? Then, as you gain confidence you can start to venture further afield.
It's also important to keep an eye on the weather forecast and create a contingency plan in case you need to cancel your activities at the last-minute.
You should also take your child's temperament into account. If they're particularly fussy or easily overwhelmed, then it might be best to choose a more low-key activity.
Finally, you'll also need to make sure you pack the right items so that you're prepared for anything.
What You'll Need
Of course, sunscreen is an important item for any outdoor adventure. Make sure to choose a baby-safe variety that's free from harmful chemicals and designed specifically for children.
Nappies and Wipes
It goes without saying that you'll need plenty of nappies. Keep your changing bag stocked up with extra so that you don't have to worry about running out.
You'll also need plenty of wipes, both for general clean-ups and for cleaning baby's hands and face after eating.
If you're going anywhere near water, it's important to pack bug spray. Mosquitoes can be a real nuisance in the summer months, so you want to protect your little one as much as possible.
Bottles and Sippy Cups
Make sure to pack plenty of bottles or sippy cups full of milk, cooled water or juice. It’s important to keep your baby hydrated throughout the day, so it’s always best to prepare in advance.
Pack plenty of healthy snacks for you and your baby so that you don't need to worry about mealtimes. Fresh fruit, vegetables and sandwiches are all ideal options.
A Baby Carrier
A baby carrier straps your little one safely to your chest so that you have your hands free to carry out whatever activity you've chosen.
If you're hiking, for example, a baby carrier is the best option because it makes carrying your child easy and comfortable for long distances. Plus, having your baby nestled on your chest is great for bonding.
Check the weather forecast before you leave and pack appropriately. You'll likely need a mix of short-sleeved and long-sleeved clothing, as well as hats, sunglasses and sunscreen for your baby. Of course, when going anywhere with a little one it always pays to pack spares.
Toys and Books
Babies love sensory play, so pack a few toys that allow them to explore different textures or sounds at their own pace, as well as a few books to read to them.
It's always a good idea to bring a footmuff for your pram or stroller, especially if you're visiting a colder location. This will help keep your baby warm when the weather gets nippy - the last thing you want is for their little feet to get cold!
It's always a good idea to pack a rain cover for your pram or stroller. This will keep your baby dry in the event of wet weather and protect the frame, too.
If you have an older child who will also be accompanying you on your day out, then a buggy board can be a real lifesaver. This will allow them to ride along with you without having to bring a second pushchair, or to listen to them grizzle when they get tired.
Finally, you'll need a changing bag with plenty of space for all your baby accessories. Look for one with lots of different compartments to help keep things organised and easy to find.
There's nothing like making memories outside with your new baby in the great outdoors. The most important thing is to prepare properly and start small. If you’re not ready to take your baby on a full-on hike, that’s okay! Some outdoor blanket time and a quick walk is a great place to start, and still constitutes quality bonding time.
Here at Unique Baby Store, we stock a range of high quality accessories to make sure that your outdoor adventures go as smoothly as possible. From stylish changing bags to cosy footmuffs, you'll find everything you need for a magical day out with your little one. And of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.