8 Reasons The Great Outdoors Is Good for Baby
Being outdoors and in nature is not only good for the senses, it's good for the soul. And it's not only beneficial for adults who want to get away into the wide, open spaces, but it's good for all humans, even babies. As I was raised in Idaho, surrounded by scenic beauty and outdoor fun, I want to give my children an appreciation for the outdoor life. We recently made a trip back home to our cabin in Idaho and visited my favorite, surrounding areas while we were there. My son always loves his time there, but this was my 9-month old's first summer trip to the cabin. We all relaxed, bonded and took in the wonder of nature. And my baby daughter could not have been happier to be there. Here are 8 reasons the great outdoors is good for your baby.
Your baby will be surrounded by beauty.
Nature gives us true beauty. From marvelous landscapes in Grand Teton National Park to a cluster of Indian Paintbrush wildflowers, it’s all a feast for the eyes. And everyone loves to look at beautiful scenery. Even baby.
Your baby will get to breathe the clean, fresh air.
Maybe you live in a beautiful, sparsely populated locale where the air is always crisp and pure, but living in Los Angeles, we value the opportunity to breathe clean air. Like, air that you can’t see. That’s not chunky. I’m kidding. L.A. rules.
She'll learn about animals.
Ok, I can’t guarantee your baby will see two bear cubs playing over a giant wooden spool, but she will definitely see wildlife. From hawks flying overhead, to fish rising and jumping in the river, to chipmunks playing tag, the outdoors is full of animals which your little one will enjoy viewing.
Baby will enjoy mental stimulation from nature.
There are so many things in nature that will spark baby’s interest and attention. On our daily outings, we didn’t have to pack the flashing, noise-making baby toys, our daughter was too busy watching butterflies and pine tree boughs swaying in the wind. Though she was pretty mesmerized at the Old Faithful stop of our Yellowstone visit, I’m pretty sure it was more from the array of fanny-packs the tourists were wearing than the spout of the famous geyser.
Your baby will sleep like a charm.
How about a real-life babbling brook or chirping birds sound to lull your little one to sleep? Not only do they fall asleep without a fight, but they sleep like a log.
Your baby will be happy that you are relaxed.
Babies pick up on the energy of those around them. When I’m feeling stressed, my daughter starts to act agitated and fussy. When I’m happy and laughing, she is smiling and clapping. When I’m angry, well, even my baby knows to crawl away. Being out in nature, spending days outdoors is incredibly relaxing for me. Pretty much anything can happen, and it’s no big deal. Except for when the baby blows out up her back. That still really sucks, even in the wilderness.
It's calming for your baby.
We all know that as much as we want our babies to be able to adapt to every day life and sleep through the sound of traffic or the music from the party next door, it’s always nice to be in a completely calming, tranquil environment. A sunset over a lake through a row of lodgepole pines? And you thought Hawaii had relaxation covered.
The wilderness is innocent, full of simple pleasures.
You won’t be tempted to turn on Doc McStuffins or grab the iPad, you take the baby on a nature walk instead, or let her join her older sibling and cousins for a water fight or boat ride on the lake.
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