How to Care for Your Baby Outdoors?
7 Expert Things
Nature deficit disorder is a real thing, and it is a tragedy in the making. A lack of exposure to the outdoors causes stress in young and old alike. Failing to take your child outside prevents them from getting accustomed to nature.
You’re increasing the risk of allergies and a weak immune system if you keep them inside a sterile environment all the time. Yet there are risks outside, too.
The solution is preparation. Here are 7 things you need to take care of your baby outdoors.
1. Bug Protection
It doesn’t matter if you’re worried about mosquitos or other types of insects. You need some sort of bug protection for your child. Many parents shy away from bug repellant, since the chemicals themselves are a risk to your child. Stroller covers that let air reach your child but keep flying insects out are a healthier alternative.
Long sleeves and pants provide some protection, but that doesn’t prevent bug bites on the hands and face. And covering up like that increases the risk your little one will overheat.
2. Baby Friendly Beverages
This should be a no-brainer. You know the importance of hydration. You need to take steps to keep your child hydrates. It could be a sippy cup full of ice water or a single serve shelf stable package of formula that only needs a nipple attached to it.
The objective is to have a way to give your child a safe, immediate form of hydration when they’re thirsty. Encourage them to sip at a bottle or sippy cup full of water throughout the walk. It can’t hurt, and it may be just what they need to stay healthy.
3. Comfort Items They Can’t Lose
Before you take your child on a stroller ride or long walk, make sure they can’t lose their critical comfort items. For example, you might get a pacifier with a stuffed animal attached. If the child lets go of the stuffed animal, the fact they’re still sucking on the pacifier keeps the critter nearby. If the child stops using the pacifier, it doesn’t fall on the ground as long as they’re holding onto the stuffed animal.
Another option is a pacifier on a string clipped to your child’s outfit. Then they can’t throw away the pacifier as a game and then melt down because they lack one.
4. A Plan to Keep Cool
It doesn’t matter if you use a stroller fan like those reviewed at Parents Tab or a wet washcloth. The point is that you need a plan to keep your child cool. Fans have the added advantages of preventing your child from developing a sweaty rash and preventing them from being surrounded by stuffy air.
5. A Blanket
While you’re heading outside, don’t forget to take a blanket. This type of familiar item is a source of comfort for a child who encounters the unfamiliar. It can also be used to keep them warm or cover them while they fall asleep.
6. Disinfectant Wipes
Baby wipes may clean your baby’s bottom, but they are not disinfecting. Nor do you want to slather your child in hand sanitizer, since they may rub it in their eyes or try to taste it. This is why parents should take baby-safe disinfecting wipes.
They may come in a pack like baby wipes and be as convenient to use. This has the side benefit of being invaluable if your child needs first aid.
7. Child-Safe Shelf-Stable Snacks
Children instinctively put everything in their mouths. The odds of this will go up when they’re hungry. A safe alternative is bring shelf-stable snacks you can offer your child. And if you’re lucky, those crackers can be used to feed the ducks or squirrels.
Our children need to get out of the house more often. Pick up a few of these items so you can enjoy the outdoors with your child.