Just because you have a infant at home doesn't mean that you have to stay indoors all day — even with the colder months approaching. Babies need fresh air and sunshine, after all, and they can enjoy the outdoors year round with adequate protection. But, if this is your first baby, you might not know how to go for walks in the winter.
As with all things having to do with your baby, you should always use your best judgement when taking an infant out for a walk in the colder weather. Kids under age two are more susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite, according to Parents. So if you're ever in doubt, you should stay in, especially if your baby is under six months old. Pediatrician Jennifer Shu told Parents that young babies can lose heat quickly because they still aren't able to regulate their temperature well.
That said, there are many benefits to spending some time outdoors for children and their parents. Moms who are feeling that postpartum cabin fever can release some of their stress and anxiety by taking a brisk walk. Walking to your neighborhood coffee shop or bakery can brighten your spirits on a cold winter's day. Older siblings can release their energy on a walk to the playground. So to help you save your sanity ad keep baby healthy, here are some tips for taking a walk with your baby this winter.