A lot of parents worry about taking their baby outside for the first time. In a number of cultures mum and baby are isolated inside their home for a month of longer. However if your baby is fit and well there is no medical reason not to take your baby out of the house. Fresh air can be good for both mum and baby, can aid in sleep and development of a routine for your baby. Social interaction has also been shown to be beneficial for mum and to aid in the reduction of postnatal depression. Exposure to other people, particularly those who are unwell can however expose your baby to unwanted germs. Try to stay away from anyone who is sick and limit your time within crowds. If anyone wants to hold and cuddle your baby kindly request they wash their hands first. As your baby develops and grows older, he will be interested in his all the new experiences outside, the sounds, smells and new people. This experience will also be good for your baby’s social and emotional development.
Try to time your outings with a time when your baby is generally happy and content. After a feed is often a good time. He will be in a good mood and more than likely will take a sleep whilst out and about. If you are intending on venturing out for a longer period of time, you will want to ensure you’re prepared. Stock up your changing bag with spare clothes, nappies, wipes and feeding equipment. When venturing out be sure to dress your baby appropriately for the temperature, If the weather is slightly cooler cover your baby’s hands, feet and head. As a general rule dress your baby in the same number of layers you would wear. Then add a jacket of blanket to be extra sure your baby will be warm enough. During summertime protect your baby from the sun with sunscreen, a sunshade and lighter clothing.
So now you’re all ready to venture out of the house, how will your baby travel? Whether this be in a carrycot or pushchair with a fully reclining seat, it’s important that your baby lies flat.
Laying your baby flat on their back is beneficial for a number of reasons, related to their spinal development and breathing. Firstly, lets look at spinal development. Adult spines are ‘S’ shaped, and feature four slight curves that assist with balance and flexibility. Babies are not born with ‘S’ shaped spines; instead they have a long ‘C’ shaped spine. This is why babies appear curled up, because gravity has not yet lengthened and altered their spines. The ‘S’ shape develops as your baby develops and grows.
Newborns need to lie flat until at least 3 months of age to support and protect their backs. Once able to hold the weight of their head you can slightly raise the back of the pushchair; but wait until your baby can sit up fully by himself before using a pushchair with a more upright position, roughly around 6-8 months of age. Pushchairs are only suitable for young babies if they have a fully reclining seat to allow the baby to lie flat. The iCandy Raspberry is ideal to use from birth as it features a fully reclinable seat allowing you to protect your precious newborn’s back.
The second option would be to consider a travel system with a carrycot. A carrycot will allow your baby to lay flat whilst out and protects your baby’s spine. You can then switch over to the pushchair attachment when your baby is able to sit unaided or weighs 9Kgs (6 months approx). This option is also particularly useful if you are looking for a carrycot that you can utilize for overnight sleeping. All iCandy carrycots are suitable for overnight sleeping. A great option whilst your baby is young.