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9 Tips for Safe Stroller Walks

Aug 16, 2018
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9 Tips for Safe Stroller Walks

Summer is in full swing which means longer days, beautiful weather and more time for walks! I love grabbing my water, throwing on some sunglasses and loading Ayla into her stroller. We take off down the street wave every time a car passes by. I love spending time outside and the fresh air gives me energy!

Walking is a relaxing, peaceful and a great way to keep your body moving all summer long. Anyone can do it and it requires little equipment -sneakers and a stroller! There’s also a bunch of benefits of walking:

But there are a few things to remember before taking off! For your safety and the safety of your children, it’s important to take the proper precautions before you hit the pavement.

  1. Always notify someone where you are going: I make sure to call or text a family member if I’m heading out for a walk. I let them know where I’m heading and approximately how long I will be out. It’s nice to have someone nearby too, just in case you walk too far, get thirsty, or have a diaper emergency!
  2. Find the right location: Look for local parks that have a loop. Sometimes they’ll have a playground for playing afterwards and a bathroom too! I like to find a nice quiet road or neighborhood – sidewalks are preferred! There a tons of trails nearby but I try to walk with someone if I’ll be in an isolated area, which brings us to #3.
  3. Grab a buddy: If you know another mom or have a friend in the area, ask them to join you! It’s a great way to catch up and chat while getting in some exercise! They will be glad you asked.
  4. Protect yourself: Lather on the sunscreen and bug spray and always check for ticks! Wear protective sunglasses and hats. Make sure your baby is comfortable and shaded, out of direct sunlight.
  5. Stay cool:Walking early in the morning before the sun gets hot will help you stay cool. Or you could go on a stroll before or after dinner to unwind from the day. Try to avoid walking when the sun is at its peak for a more enjoyable stroll!
  6. Follow proper walking etiquette: There are a few things every walker should know:
  1. Pack a bag: Pack a small bag that can fit on your stroller. It doesn’t hurt to have a spare tissue, snack or toy just in case! Always bring water!
  2. Keep track of time: It’s easy to get caught up in conversation or your surroundings. I like to walk away from my house for 15-20 minutes, and then turn around and beat my time coming back! Time your walks and pay attention to your speed! Walking faster will get your heart rate up and energy pumping!
  3. Keep them engaged: I use walks as a learning experience for Ayla. I love singing the ABC’s to her, describe the surroundings, or counting our steps (only for 30 seconds or so!)

Now get out there and enjoy some quality time with your little ones! See you on the streets!

Article Courtesy of Kim Perry.

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