Post # 1
My baby will enter this world in about two weeks, and I live in Canada… His first months are going to be cold ones! I don’t want to stay inside all winter and am looking at activities like snowshoeing, anything that will get the family outside.
My problem is that I only find information and equipment for babies that are over 6 months old; is it because no one takes their 1-4 months out in the winter?
Am I crazy for considering it?
If you did it before, what kind of equipment did you use to get outside with your very LO? (sled, baby carrier, …?)
Post # 3
My parents did and I turned out fine. I was small enough that they were able to carry me inside of their coats and backpacks, which probably wouldn’t fly today with all the safety regulations. But they lived in the mountains and winter clothes for a newborn would have had to be handmade so they used what was available, and the same went for the other kids who lived in the same area.
I wouldn’t have any issues with it.
Post # 4
I would have no issues taking a newborn out in the winter, and I have done it. I know that Canfields and Cabela’s carries infant outside winter wear. They do have special baby back and front packs for them. I even saw a stroller that had ski attachments for it, not practical for here, but still really cool.
Post # 5
my baby is 8 weeks now, but i take her everywhere i go… she is been fine
i recomended you take precautions:
keep your baby warm, dont take him or her out of the car seat, while you are out in the cold.
cover the car seat with a blanket, while you are outside or from the car to a house..
gloves might be a good option to keep your babys hands warm, wipe warmer,
cover your babys ears.
and you should be fine, i think the most you keep your baby away from the world,(cold weather,noise..) the most he is gonna get sick..
Post # 6
Sure, as long as you’re not going sledding for 5 hours or something. Babies have been surviving and thriving in cold weather forever. Just make sure you have the proper attire and keep it brief.
Post # 7
You might ask your pediatrician about taking the baby out during those first, cold months, and what kinds of precautions you need to take. I think there’s a lot of concerns about taking a newborn out in cold weather: 1) they can’t regulate their own body heat, 2) exposing their lungs to cold air can cause health issues, and 3) snow and ice are major slipping hazards if you’re carrying the baby. Also, you might find that for the first few months you’re not really up to long/physical excursions with a newborn because they are so physically demanding in that stage.
Have you looked into inside activities you can take your newborn to, instead? For example, we go to the library’s free storytime every week and we also hit up the indoor play gym when it’s too cold to go outside. You could look into mommy and me classes, as well, that would probably be a lot more suitable for newborns.
Fwiw, we took our daughter out snowshoeing and for walks all last winter, but she was 6 months and older. I don’t think I would risk it any sooner.
Post # 8
I probably would not do that until the baby was a little older, especially any type of extended trip like snowshoeing. At least for me, that is cold and cumbersome. I would wait until the baby was 6 months personally. If you do decide to do it, definitely invest is some proper warm baby wear!
Post # 9
I wouldnt want to be outside in the cold for extended periods of time with a new born baby.
Post # 10
Yes, as long as they’re properly dressed. I’m not a mother or anything, but I’ve heard stories about how mothers didn’t want to take their babies out. The doctors say that the cold air is the best for the baby as long as they’re properly dressed and kept warm. I wouldn’t keep a baby outside for too long though. But if you’re going from car, to building, etc – then the baby will be fine. =)
Post # 11
I think short trips are fine. But if you want to go snowshoeing, a babysitter would probably be a better idea than taking the baby with you.
Post # 12
oooh! I was reading an article about babies outside and how great it is and how the european moms know all about it. Let me find it! Found it! It’s babies in Denmark!
Post # 13
I think it would be fine even on extended trips if you wore your baby carrier and zipped a very large jacket around you both. Then the air your baby was breathing would be warmed slightly by your body heat and would stay warm from all the heat mommy was putting off. I say go for it!
Post # 14
I wouldn’t, but I live in the south where 40 is enough to piss me off for freezing.LOL
Post # 15
I don’t see anything wrong if you take some basic safety precautions (don’t go out 40 miles from anywhere on your own with the baby, dress baby extra warmly, etc.).
I’d be a little more hesitant in the first month or 2, but if you’re up for snowshoeing with the whole family within a few weeks of having a baby, well then more power to you. I imagine you’ll want to recover for a while though, so by the time you’re up for that sort of thing, baby will be a bit less fragile.
Post # 16
Yeah I have 3 kids and took them out but not for an extended period of time while I was in MD during winter with the first 2 then JAX,FL it was pretty cold with the 3rd one… I would bundle them up and not be out too long. IMO they might get sick or really cold fast! Plus they eat every cpl hours !!