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 7 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!
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.
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?