Many parents worry about taking a very young baby outside the house. In fact, in some cultures moms and babies are sequestered inside for a month or longer. But there’s no medical reason not to take a healthy baby out of the house.
Fresh air and a change of pace can be good for people of any age, including babies. It’s exposure to other people that can cause a baby to become sick.
To avoid exposing your baby to unwanted germs, limit the time you spend in close quarters with crowds. Make sure anyone who wants to hold or touch your baby washes his hands. Finally, stay away from anyone who’s sick.
As your baby gets older, she’ll be interested in everything outside, including the views, sounds, and smells. Try to time your travels to coincide with periods when she’s content. After a feeding and diaper change is often a good time. She’ll already be in a good mood and may relax enough to take a nap while you’re out and about.
If you’re going to take your baby out for more than an hour or so (and cross over a naptime or a feeding), you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared. Stock your diaper bag with changing supplies, extra clothes, and feeding supplies if needed.
Dress your baby appropriately if you’re spending time outdoors. If it’s cool, be sure to cover her head, feet, and hands. Dress your baby in roughly the same number of layers as an adult would wear, though you may want to add a light blanket or jacket for good measure. And protect your baby from the sun with shade, sunscreen, and a light layer of clothes.
Watch out for temperature extremes. Depending on the age of your baby and the climate in your area, 20 degrees would probably be too cold and 90 degrees may be too hot for your baby to be outdoors.