Having a newborn baby around in the summertime can make things a little bit tricky when it comes to getting out. Infants can’t be exposed to direct sunlight until about 6 months of age — the age at which they are cleared to wear sunblock. It’s also even harder to get away without stressing, if you are nursing and feeding on demand. But that doesn’t mean a new mother should be trapped indoors all season! There are many activities that baby can partake in, you just have to be a little savvy about it.
Here are 4 simple activities mommy and baby can enjoy during the sizzling summer months:
1. A Walk in the Park
A simple stroll around the local park (or block) is a great way to get some fresh air and a change of scenery. Just plop baby into stroller and make sure he has ample shade from the sun’s harmful rays (which can still be present on a cloudy day). The soothing ride will usually put baby right to sleep — and if he’s awake, it’s a chance for him to explore the new world!
2. Picnic in Backyard
Your backyard can be the perfect solution to “getting away” when you can’t actually go too far away. Just find a shady area, throw down a comfy blanket and grab a few snacks — baby will enjoy the nature sights around him and mommy can unwind for a little bit while taking time to smell the roses.
3. Mommy & Me Classes
Whether it’s yoga, a baby gym or swim lessons there are quite a few options when it comes to mommy and me classes. All of these classes are a great opportunity to bond with your baby through movement while offering him a number of developmental benefits. Plus, you can make some new mommy friends in the process! (You can read about all the benefits for new moms in taking mommy & me yoga here.)
4. A New Mom’s Group
This is my personal favorite and area I’ve been learning more about recently. It is very important to have some sort of support group to turn to after giving birth to avoid a host of issues like postpartum depression. Participating in a mom’s group (especially as a new mother) gives you the opportunity to share personal experiences with others going through the same thing. You can share stories about things like nursing, bottle-feeding, swaddling, crying babies etc. and even cultivate life-long friendships. What better way to stay cool and meet others in the same boat? It’s definitely something worth exploring and contacting your hospital about.
Don’t get cooped up indoors all summer! Trust me, I know it can be challenging with a newborn on board but there are ways to enjoy even the hot days :)!
What are some activities YOU like to do with baby during the summer time?
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