I think it’s a mama bird instinct. Something natural inside us that tells us to keep our babes close, in the warmth of the indoors and to avoid taking them out.
It isn’t always cold out there, and I’m sure you have warm clothes for your baby anyway. Maybe there’s a bear? Yeah, not in New Zealand. Nature is too bright, too scary, too damp or too outdoorsy?
So what is it that stops us from taking our babies out there?
For any reason you give me, I can (and will!) find a way to make it possible. Babies love nature! If it’s wet, put babe in a baby carrier and use an umbrella. Too cold? Pop on some extra layers and take your outdoors time in ten minute bursts. Too damp? Put babe on a dedicated easy to wash outdoors blanket or a picnic rug! Too scary? Well that’s probably just in your head hehe 🙂
So bundle up your babe, or if your lucky and have sunshine, find a shady spot and throw down a blanket and enjoy soaking in a bit of the outdoors. If you have older children dice up some fruit and have a picnic too. Listen to the birds, soak in the fresh air. It’s much better than being in those four walls.
Your baby will love you for it.