Bet that title got your attention 😉 now what I really mean is babies, bambinos, babas, petite humans, whatever you might call them they’re cute (hard work) but cute!
Getting outside with young children is something I care very deeply about, immersing them in nature and all it has to offer from a young age, there is so much to see and do. However when it comes to younger babies (I’m talking under 1 years) often we feel that it might be too cold, too windy or unsafe for them to explore the great outdoors. Over my years as a nursery practitioner, nanny and family support practitioner I have experimented with many ways to do just this and want to share my passion with you. So here are 5 easy ways we can rewild out babes 👶🏼
2. Bring nature inside - if it’s super unsettled outside or pouring with rain it might not be the most fun experience so I where possible try to bring nature inside to our activities. Dried petals, pine cones, seeds or twigs make beautiful sensory bottles and are safe for even teeny ones to explore.
3. Nature walks, for this you need nothing at all! Just you your babe and pushchair, sling or our arms. Mother Nature provides us with such an enriching sensory experience sometimes keeping it simple is all the resources you need. Your baby will love being close to you, watching the contrasting colours and shapes of trees, branches and birds against the sky. If you’re feeling adventurous why not pull out a blanket and lay for a while. Feel the grass on your toes drink in the fresh air - amazing how good this is for the soul!
My saltless recipe is not only taste safe (although probably quite yummy) it’s also safe for wildlife should any land on the floor
1 cup of plain flour
1 tablespoon of veg oil
1/2 cup of hot water
Mix together slowly to form a dough, you may not need all of the water. Then knead well. As there is no salt in this dough to preserve it, it may only last a week max in the fridge
Here is my honey and oat saltless dough with drawme bee board and colourme bug crayons
5. Last but not least - sleep! Nordic naps are a regular and quite normal occurrence in Scandinavian countries. Babies and toddlers are often bundled up to have their naps outside in the elements. This is something we can replicate easily here too! Dress for the weather (stay cosy) and maybe take your little one for a walk for their nap time. Or with supervision of course why not pop their moses basket or crib outside whilst you enjoy a hot cuppa and make a page or two of a book or scroll of the gram. Fresh air can help with deeper and more restful sleep. So take those well deserved 5 mins and drink in some nature mama/dada you earned it!
Something I’m always asked about is or a response I’m always faced with is “its too cold/too wet/too hot”
Most of the time my mantra of “no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing” comes into play with our delicate babies we need to take a safer approach. I always recommend layers, baby should usually wear one more layer than you. Don’t forget a hat in cold weather and if you’re uncomfortable then chances are your babe is too, same goes for hot weather, stay hydrated and always wear sun protection. Follow your instinct and go with the flow!
Always remember you know your babies best, stay safe, explore and be wild 💚
By Katie Hilton @the_play_adventures_