The first walk with the newborn
Walking in the open air is useful for everyone and newborn children are no exception.
You can walk with the baby from the 8th to the 9th day of life, but you must do it correctly and take into account the weather outside the window.
The principle of gradualness is recommended, that is, we start from 10-15 minutes and gradually (adding 5-10 minutes daily) we bring the duration of walks to 2-3 hours (depending on the weather and the capabilities of the mother).
On the first walk the child can go for the second week of life (that is, almost immediately after discharge from the maternity hospital), but this applies to the warm season. If the child was born in winter, then it is recommended to wait a bit with walks. If the window frost and the thermometer shows minus 10 degrees, then the first walks are also better yet to postpone and replace them for a short walk on the balcony.
- Tempering the baby;
- Fresh air;
- Sunlight – for the development of vitamin D (prevention of rickets);
- Child development – knowledge of the surrounding world;
- Improve appetite, sleep.
How many times a day and how much time to walk with the baby depends largely on the weather, and of course on the capabilities and desires of the mother (not everyone has such an opportunity to walk with the baby for half a day on the street).