7 Tips To Walk With Your Newborn

July 11, 2016

Last week I posted on the benefits of walking postpartum, so I guess its time to share some tips of actually getting out there and moving! Here are my top 77 Tips to Walk with Your Newborn tips to go on an enjoyable walk with your little one.

Buy a dedicated jogging stroller

The type of stroller really makes all the difference in the world. I have the BOB Revolution, so I am partial to that brand. If I had a different one, I’m sure i’d love that one too. The BOB is extremely agile and is a breeze to run with, so I am a huge advocate. I would be perfectly comfortable using it as my everyday stroller, instead of having the one that came with my carseat. Consider just buying a jogging stroller if you have to choose between one or the other.

Use an adapter

The BOB stroller has an adapter you can purchase so have your carseat fit perfectly in the stroller. This way you can have your infant come along with you from day one. If you can purchase an adapter, do so. You will be able to get out much quicker than if you waited until the recommend 6-8 months that most jogging strollers mention.

Feed (and change) baby right before you leave

To have the most easy going walk as possible, feed and change your baby right before you leave. The last thing you want is to get out on your walk with a cranky, hungry baby. When I feed Davis, I have about 2 hours (right now) until he needs to eat again. By the time I feed him, change him and then load everything up for the walk, the time is definitely ticking. If I walk for an hour, I end up coming up on the end of that 2 hour window once I get home. It really is amazing how fast 2 hours can fly by!

Wear sneakers

This seems simple, but wear comfortable, supportive shoes instead of your sandals when you go for a walk. Your postpartum body is working on getting back to normal and you need to make sure you are giving your body the support it really needs.

Dress for the weather

This pertains to both you and the baby. If it is warm out, wear light and breathable clothing, and make sure the baby has on light clothing too. Bring plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated, especially if you are nursing. If it is cold, put an extra sweater in the stroller in case you need it, and be sure baby has on enough clothes to keep them warm, as well as a blanket for an extra layer.

Use a fan (if it’s hot)

Purchase a fan for your baby to stay cool. The nice breeze blowing on them in the car seat makes a huge difference here in Florida, and the white noise of the fan is really therapeutic too. The fans are great for other outings too, like the park and various amusement parks (re: DISNEY!!). I have this one, but can’t say that I love it.

Stroller Fan

The batteries run down within a matter of a few days, which is kind of crazy. I do like the foam blades so there is no issue with fingers or toes getting hurt. If you have any recommendations for a better one, please let me know!

Consider the time of day

Always be considerate of the time of day you go out for exercise. If it is super hot out, leave first thing. If it is quite chilly, wait a few hours for it to warm up a bit. And of course, just stay home if the weather is extreme in either direction. No amount of exercise is worth putting you or your baby in harms way!

What other tips do you have for making the walk with your baby the best it can be?

 

Things I’m Loving Lately

July 8, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend. We are keeping it pretty low-key around here – swim lessons, the splash park, and maybe even the beach for an hour or so. We will see! Here are a few things I’m loving lately!

Any book by Liane Moriarty

I’m loving this author right now! I’ve zipped through 2 of her books and am currently on my third right now. They are easy reads and super entertaining at the same time.

Liane Moriarty books

The Beauty Counter baby line

I have become quite particular as to what I put on both my skin and my kids’ skin as well. A friend introduced me to the Beauty Counter line for babies, and I absolutely love it! They don’t use any kind of fragrances and everything in the products is completely safe. Their kids and adult lines are fantastic too!

Beauty Counter Baby

The Baby Ktan wrap

My friend Meghann let me borrow her Ktan and I am hooked. Davis loved being so close to me and it makes having the use of both hands a cinch! It’s always super easy to get on and off, which is a huge win in my book!

Inside Toddler Activities

As much as I would love to spend hours on end at the park, the zoo and other fun places, it is just way too hot. The only way to be outside these days is if there is water involved, and with a newborn, that is just really tough. We have been loving the Glazer Children’s Museum here in Tampa. There are so many activities for kids Grant’s age and he has an absolute blast. We have a family pass and have definitely been getting our use of it so far this summer!

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The Invisibilia Podcast

I don’t have a heck of a lot of time to listen to podcasts, but I do try to sneak in some time on my morning walks. Invisibilia, from NPR – is about the invisible things that control human behaviors – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. It is super interesting and really catches my attention, which isn’t the easiest thing to do these days.

Invisibilia Podcast

5 Lessons from the Past 5 Years

July 6, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve had this website for 5 whole years! Yesterday was the 5 year anniversary of my very first post, so Marcus and I worked on a little video to commemorate it. Seeing myself on camera puts me pretty far out of my comfort zone, so I thought that might be the perfect thing for the milestone!

Check out 5 lessons I’ve learned in the past 5 years blogging in the video below, or just check out the quick recap towards the end.

 

5 Lessons in the Past 5 ¥ears

  1. Write from your heart
  2. Don’t compare yourself to anyone
  3. Your blog will change
  4. Network with other bloggers
  5. Never apologize

Thanks for sticking with me the past 5 years!

The 4th of July 2016

July 5, 2016

4th of July tends to be such a fun holiday, especially since we are so close to the water and can spend plenty of time at the beach. While hanging in the ocean is usually our July 4th go to, we spent the holiday a little different this year since we had a five week old in tow!

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Blowing up the pool in the backyard and filling it with water for Grant to play in was as close as we got to the beach. He was happy either way, so I consider that a win! Marcus LOVES the 4th, so he was all about throwing on his matching trunks and spending time with Grant, splashing around in the pool.

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Davis and I joined the boys outside for a little while, but didn’t last super long because of the heat. I tend to forget just how hot Florida summers are – this summer isn’t any different.

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I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing 3 day weekend! As well as the best part – 3 day weekends lead to 4 day work weeks! Woo hoo!

The Benefits of Walking Postpartum

July 1, 2016

For someone who loves running and staying really active, the 6 week time period postpartum can be tough! The first few weeks, for me, were all about recovery. C-sections are no walk in the park and I needed to relax and just focus on me (and the baby of course). Once I hit the 3-4 week mark, it was a whole new world. I started to feel more and more like myself, and have been getting the itch to get out there again. I won’t be doing anything strenuous until my doctor gives me the go ahead, but there is one thing I know I can do, and have been doing since day one – walking!

Postpartum Walking Benefits

I started doing laps around the mommy baby ward at the hospital to get my blood moving, as increased blood flow really helps the healing process. I quickly learned how important activity was after my first c-section with Grant and was determined to heal quickly after delivering Davis too. Once I got out of the hospital, we started walking as a family around the neighborhood. At first, it was just a couple of blocks. I was exhausted after just 8-10 minutes. I slowly started increasing the time on my feet from those few blocks to a few more blocks, to 1 mile, to 2 miles, and now 3 miles of walking. It takes us about an hour to get through the walk by the time we stop for traffic, halt for a paci placement, or to move the sun shade.

Getting some time outside is incredibly therapeutic. Being inside all day with a newborn is not as easy as some may think, so starting my day with a nice walk is amazing. Here are just a few of many benefits of getting out for a nice stroll:

  • Clear your mind – I think this is the biggest benefit post baby. During my hour walk, I listen to music, chat on the phone, or listen to a podcast. It is the one time during the day dedicated to me, and I take that to heart.
  • Lose some of the baby weight faster – this isn’t super important to everyone, but I do feel better when I am able to get into some of my regular clothes (think buttons and no elastic!) and get back to feeling like my pre baby self again. By no means do I put a huge emphasis on losing weight fast, but I do like to chip away at the scale after
  • Increase energy levels – I always feel better after I get some exercise, regardless of what kind it is. With sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn, any and all extra energy is appreciated!
  • Get some Vitamin D – I am sure to get outside before the sun gets too intense, as I can’t be getting sunburnt. The morning sun still gives me the dose of Vitamin D I need :)
  • Set a great example – from day one, my kids are used to riding in the stroller and seeing mommy exercise. It is a part of our day just like getting dressed, brushing our teeth, and eating dinner. I always want my kids to see the example I set with physical activity, whether they are 10 days old or 10 years old.

Of course, listen to your body and do what is right for where you are in your recovery. Everyone has a different experience, so please follow your doctor’s advice. Your body and your mind will thank you!

What other benefits do you see from walking, whether you’ve had a baby or not?