Summertime with Your Baby
Summer is finally here and it’s a great time of the year to enjoy with your baby. You may think that having a new baby means that you have to stay inside and hide away from the sun. This is far from the truth. Summer is the perfect time to get outside with your baby and enjoy all kinds of activities. All you have to do is remember the importance of protection from the sun and the heat.
Smelling the Flowers
You may no longer really notice the wonder and delight of nature but to your baby, this is all going to be new and wonderful. Babies of all ages love to look at the world around them and this includes trees and flowers. Spread a blanket down on the ground close to flowers and plants. Let your baby crawl around and explore as much as he wants. He’ll be fascinated with the colors of flowers and the green of the plants around him. All you have to do is make sure that nothing ends up in his mouth.
Take Your Baby for a Walk
No matter how old your baby is, taking him for a walk while he sits in his stroller is always going to be a summertime hit. Most babies love being in their strollers and going for a walk, especially to a location that isn’t yet familiar to them. He’ll love looking at all the new sights around him. This is a good way to soothe your baby if he’s cranky or if he just doesn’t want to go down for a nap. A walk in his stroller is sure to relax him and get you both out on a beautiful summer day.
Playtime in the Shade
Even on a very hot and sunny day, it can be fun for your baby to get outside. Place a blanket in the shade and then bring out your baby’s play mat or a few toys that he enjoys playing with. If you’re really lucky he’ll play by himself for a while and you can either do some yard work close by or just sit beside him and read a book. Make sure you move further into the shade if the sun starts to come around. The last thing you want is to have your baby sitting in the direct sunlight on a hot day.
Playing in the Swing
Many parks have a swing that is ideal for babies. You’ll want to make sure the swing has straps to keep your baby safe and secure. Sunshine and fresh air are part of summer and you don’t want to miss out just because you have a young baby. When you first put your baby into a swing make sure to start out nice and slow so that you don’t scare him. Remember that this is a new experience for him. He’ll soon be smiling as he swings and watching the other children playing in the park.
Babies and Water Fun
Even very young babies love to play in the water. Try to find an outdoor pool where you live and spend some time with your baby in the water. If you like you can enroll him in swim classes, but this isn’t necessary if you just want to enjoy the experience with your baby. Another good choice for water fun is a water park. Even though there will be older children there, you can still sit on the sidelines with your baby and let him get his feet wet. He’ll enjoy the excitement of the other children and start to learn that water is fun and not something to be afraid of.
Your baby’s skin is very soft and sensitive and so you’ll have to take every precaution that his delicate skin doesn’t burn. Babies under the age of six months shouldn’t be directly exposed to the sun at all. This doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside. You just need to dress him in lightweight long-sleeved shirts and long pants. He should also be wearing a hat that has a wide brim all around to protect his face and neck. Babies older than six months can wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts but you’ll have to use a high SPF sunblock on any exposed skin. He should still be wearing a hat at all times to protect his face and neck. Sunglasses are also very important to protect your baby’s eyes. Be sure to choose a pair of sunglasses that provides 100 percent protection from UV rays. It may take him a while to get used to the sunglasses, but be persistent.
It can’t be emphasized enough the importance of protecting your baby’s skin from the sun. Whenever your baby is outside in the sun you’ll have to reapply sunblock every two hours. Make it a rule that if he fusses about sunblock that there won’t be playtime in the sun. Being prepared for the sun and heat is going to let both you and your baby enjoy summertime fun.