Going out for a walk
As the months go by, your baby will appreciate his walks more and more as he becomes increasingly curious about the world around him.
Every outing is an enriching occasion, giving your child the chance to see new faces, inhale new smells (flowers, etc.), and get used to new sounds (birds singing, children shouting in the park, etc.) or feelings (the wind blowing, the warmth of the sun, etc.).
You should take your baby out for a walk every day for his wellbeing.
Outings allow baby to get used to changes in temperature and stimulate his body´s defence mechanisms. They also bring him the air, sun and light that he needs to stay healthy.
However, there are still some rules you´ll need to obey!
Your baby is a lot more sensitive to heat and cold than you are.
In winter, dress him warmly and cover up his hands and feet. Also, watch out for wind or cold draughts. During the winter, it is best to take baby out during the sunniest times of day, between 11 and 4 o´clock.
In summer, make sure he is wearing a hat or has a parasol on the pushchair, and protect his skin from the sun. Morning walks (before 11 a.m.), or late afternoon walks (around 5 or 6 o’clock) are best.
Sea air is excellent for most babies (except nervous children who have trouble sleeping). You can take baby out along the seafront as often as you like, in his pram or pushchair. However, the beach (and the sun) is enemy number 1 for babies. You should always keep your baby out of the heat and direct sunlight, by giving him regular drinks, protecting his skin with sun cream and a T-shirt, and keeping him under the shade of a parasol.
In winter: it is best to remain at lower altitudes (between 700 and 900 metres), as beyond this altitude, some children can experience sleeping problems and it may not be advised for children with ear, nose or throat problems.
In summer: you can go up to 1500 metres, as long as you are careful to avoid burning and the strong sunlight at this altitude.
In summer and winter, protect your baby’s skin and eyes (sunglasses are essential), even if there is not any snow.
Never forget: hat or cap in summer; gloves and warm hat in winter!
Be attentive to your baby and you will soon realise what is most suitable for him: seaside, mountainside or countryside?