If you’re wondering when can you take a newborn out for a walk, you’re in the right place. This was one of the biggest questions I had after having my first baby.
I wanted to know when can you take a newborn outside so I could start to get into a routine, get some fresh air and be out and about.
Not that I expect it to be easy, of course! But there are so baby benefits of walking with a baby.
When I had my first baby I was living in Sydney and my parents were in the UK, halfway around the world. I had no car but I’d seen so many other local mums out walking with a baby that I knew finding a good stroller was going to be essential. I wondered when can newborns go outside and really there was no need to wait.
I asked my GP when can I take my newborn out for a walk and he gave me the go-ahead. In fact, he recommended going out with a newborn after I saw him so I could get the benefits of it.
After I had my baby, the baby stroller was my lifeline to being able to get out and about every single day. I didn’t need to rely on having access to a car, or even public transport, as all I needed was the stroller to take my baby everywhere I needed to go!
Instead of sitting in the house day in day out, we could get to appointments, get some fresh air and meet other mums who were also on maternity leave. When I said the stroller was my lifeline, it really was.
The first few weeks of being a new mum were really hard. Don’t get me wrong, they were wonderful too but I had a baby who cried a lot and slept only a little. I’d had visions during pregnancy of me curled up on the sofa cuddling my baby to sleep and staring in her eyes.
The reality was quite different and instead, those early days consisted of pacing the rooms, rocking her to sleep and certainly not sleeping when she slept. What lies that little gem of advice was.
Things started to change in a big way when I started leaving the house more. I made it my mission to leave the house every day, at least once. So whether we headed out to our local shops, to an appointment, to meet my mum’s group or just have a walk by ourselves, we went out every single day.
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The benefits of getting outside with a baby
Here were the benefits of walking with a baby for me:
1. Fresh air
Being cooped up in the house wasn’t good for either me or my baby. It’s age old advice that getting fresh air clears your mind and it really did for me. I found being stuck in the house in the early days very lonely and isolating but once we were out and about it gave me the chance to chat to passers by who loved to coo at my baby and to meet other local mums who were out getting fresh air too!
I would walk for hours sometimes and felt so much happier and more positive each time I did.
My pregnancy pounds were not going to shift themselves and whilst I was nowhere near ready to embark on a diet or exercise regime, walking for a little bit each day really helped me to lose weight as the weeks ticked by.
As I recovered more and built on my fitness, I could walk for longer too. It was free exercise, no gym fees and meant I could get a bit of exercise with my baby rather than have to leave her.
3. Encouraging sleep!
This one worked in two ways. Firstly, I would always try and time my walks for the times in the day I wanted to encourage my baby to sleep. This was generally around 12pm and 4pm on the first few months.
It meant that while we were out, the movement of the pram, fresh air and noise of the traffic helped lull her to sleep instead of me having to pace the room and rock her until she did! Sometimes as soon as she fell asleep, I would head straight back home and leave her in the pram until she woke up. This meant I might get another 30 to 60 minutes to get through some chores!
Secondly, the exercise also helped me sleep better too. Whilst I found it hard to find the time to sleep, I felt that when I did it was much deeper sleep so I felt more refreshed when I got up.
4. Meeting other parents
I’ve mentioned this above but one of the very best things I did was connect with other local and non-judgmental mums with babies the same age as mine.
I felt so much better to learn that I wasn’t the only one struggling with finding my feet as a new mum and we loved swapping parenting tips we’d picked up. I love a good nursery rhyme as much as the next person but I also loved having an actual adult conversation with the other mums too!
5. I felt less stressed
Probably a combination of all of the above but walking every day for me gave me a purpose and a routine. I’d been so used to having a set routine for many years and the early months of motherhood can be quite chaotic – they were for me at times anyway.
I loved having a plan each day to go for a walk and I felt a real sense of achievement for all the reasons above when I got home. If I’d gotten some errands completed, fresh air, got my baby to sleep or met some lovely locals then I cam home feeling so much less stressed and more positive that I was doing an ok job as a new mum.
A pram or stroller was absolutely essential to me in getting to where I needed to go and I love the Zest stroller from Silver Cross.
It’s a super lightweight and ultra-compact stroller that weighs only 5.8kgs. The extending hood has UPF50+ so great for all seasons and the five point harness keeps your little one safe and snug in their seat.
The Zest stroller even has a carry handle for easy carrying and a large basket underneath to store your change bag or shopping.
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Do you know any more benefits of walking with your baby?