Every mother, as well as a woman who is just preparing to have a baby, should know how and how much to walk with the newborn in winter, so that it will benefit the small body. The health of the baby depends on the quality of walks and observance of the basic rules.
Features of the child's body
In winter, there is a weather when even an adult can hardly force himself to go out into the street. Usually this is due to severe frost or slush. But what if you need to walk along the street with a small child?
Feature of the child's body is a weak resistance to diseases. This is due to the fact that in the first months of life the young organism has not yet fully exploited the potential of the immune system. In the event that a child picks up a virus or simply overcools, it is almost impossible to avoid the disease.
In addition, it is necessary to highlight the features of thermoregulation. In a newborn, these processes are not yet properly adjusted, so it can be supercooled or overheat if it is hea
However, staying at home before the spring is not a solution. The kid needs regular walks to form a strong immunity. In addition, from time to time you will have to visit a polyclinic. What should a new mother know?
Benefit and harm of winter walks
To realize the importance of winter walks, you can only study the benefits that they bring. First of all, it should be noted the positive effect of fresh frost air on the child's sleep. Newborns sleep perfectly on the street even in frost. During this period, the air on the street becomes more pure and saturated, and all the dust is caught by the snow. If there was a snowfall recently, you will notice that there is less noise on the roads, so there is nothing to prevent the baby from getting enough sleep.
Also walks in the winter contribute to the formation of strong immunity. The temperature regime promotes hardening of a small organism. It is recommended to gradually increase the difference between indoor and outdoor conditions to improve endurance to low temperatures and develop resistance to diseases. No wonder children born in late autumn and winter are usually much healthier than their peers born in the warm season. Contact with the sun is also important.
Only those walks that violate established rules can be harmful. For example, it is important to properly dress the newborn, and also not to be outdoors longer than the set time for a specific period. Danger can trap you in severe frosts, as well as in wind, snow or slush. In the latter case, the risk of contracting the infection increases substantially due to conditions favorable for microbes.
How to properly dress a baby
To a newborn can enjoy fresh air to the fullest and not get sick at the same time, it is necessary to properly prepare it for a hike to the street. You need to dress a baby in accordance with the weather. Dampness and wind are much worse. If the street is moderate frost and calm, do not overdo the child.
The best way to save heat is to use the principle of multi-layering. The newborn is put on sliders, swingers, and on top are already sweaters, blouses and outerwear. It not only warms up better than just a thick overalls, but also allows, if necessary, a little to strip the baby.
To ensure that the baby is always warm for a walk in the cold season, use the
multi-layer principle. As rainfall is possible, it is best to walk in a stroller with a covered top. In the cot they put a warm blanket. It is important to insulate the child not only from above, but also from below. To protect from wind, snow or rain, use a special film with a fastener or fix the gauze on the visor.
When you are preparing to go out into the street, you should first dress yourself and then put on your baby's overalls and shoes. So you prevent it from overheating indoors. Use clothes made of quality materials. There are special tissues that allow to regulate the temperature exchange of newborns.
The most important and crucial moment is getting out on the first walk with the baby. At this time, the child's body is not yet accustomed to such changes in conditions, and therefore a prolonged stay in the cold can adversely affect his condition. With a significant deterioration in weather conditions, it is recommended to wait with walks and wait for the stabilization of the immune system. In this case, the first exit to the street in winter should be carried out after the first week of life of the newborn.
Try to walk with the baby away from the roadway. Such walks will undoubtedly only benefit the baby and his mother
To prevent shock and hypothermia, the first time the walk should be short. It will be enough to go down on the street for five minutes. For the first time a five-minute sortie will be enough. You can even not use the stroller, and wrap the baby in a blanket-envelope and take it out on his hands. So it will be even calmer, since close contact with the mother calms the children. In the future, you can gradually increase the time spent in the fresh frosty air. Gradually increase the intervals by 3-5 minutes.
Where and how much to walk with the newborn in the winter?
The order of the day of the newborn before the month
To get the most benefit, you need to know how much and how to walk with a small child. If for the first time you should go out for no more than 5 minutes, then in the future you need to bring the duration of walks to 1 hour minimum. Ideally, you should spend about 1.5 hours a day in the fresh air.
In spite of the fact that in the winter the air becomes purer, nevertheless it is not necessary to roll a wheelchair with the child near the roads with a busy traffic, since it is unlikely that you will benefit both of them. But the ideal place is considered parks and "green" zones. If there is a possibility to walk under the trees near your house, you can safely go for a walk. If you get to the park for too long, do not go far from home in adverse weather.
Since most of the baby sleeps while riding outdoors, take care of your own leisure. This is an excellent opportunity to finish reading a book or look through a women's magazine. In order not to have problems with the baby in terms of feeding, do not walk longer than two hours without a break. Better split the total time into two sets.
Alternative to street walks
It's not always possible to go out with a child for a full walk. For example, do not go outside in such cases:
- heavy snowfall;
- frost more than 10-15 degrees;
- excessive slush;
- influenza epidemic;
- you feel unwell or have a child.
If a walk on the street is canceled for some reason, it can be replaced by a dream on the balcony of the
. However, this does not mean that it is necessary to deprive the baby of fresh air. You can replace skating down the street by sleeping on the balcony. In this case, you need to take care of the safety of the baby. Make sure that cold air does not show through the windows. If the balcony is open, do not leave your baby unattended. Of course, the benefit of such a walk will be smaller, but still it's better than completely depriving the crumb of such pleasure. Do not abuse this method. Use it only in extreme cases.
As for clothes, you should focus on the temperature indicators on the balcony. At the same time, keep in mind that cold air will enter the apartment from the window. Periodically check the temperature of the baby's nose and hands. If they become cold, then it freezes.
Remember that a winter walk in the air is not only a necessity, but also a pleasant pastime. Nature at this time is incredibly beautiful, and the air is uniquely clean.