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6 Feb
Linda

How to March with Babies

Posted by Linda
I did it!

Yeah! I did it!

Are you walking with little ones this year? You may be nervous about what to expect – I was last year, with just one 1-year-old. But a little preparation goes a long way.

 
New mom? Congratulations! And hats off if you’re already up to walk! Leave your new baby at home with nana, or a trusted sitter. Under a month old, babies are just too young for the excitement, the sun exposure and chances of bad weather. And if your baby was born too soon, you probably want to wait an extra couple of months. Bring her along next year!

 

Older babies will be perfectly content to roll along with you in the stroller and glad to be outdoors. If they’re anything like Haden was at that age, they’ll also sleep through most of the walk. Load up your stroller with the usual: a change of clothes, plenty of diapers and a pad for changes, pre-mixed formula if you’re not breastfeeding and some clean bottles and nipples. Prepare for rain as well as sun. Even if the temperatures are not that high in April, apply sunscreen liberally and bring a hat to protect your baby’s sensitive skin from direct rays.

 

Here’s the real challenge: your toddler who’ll insist on walking at least part of the route himself. And who’ll stop often to examine a fallen leaf, discarded cup, or anything else on his path. Yep, that will be us this year. Pack enough to drink and lots of snacks and be prepared to take a little longer. Don’t be afraid of the occasional outburst or even breakdown. Your munchkin will have a lot of fun. Sure, he may become a little excited, but you’re among friends who get that!

 

March for Babies is a real family event. Your young ones are going to have a great time. And to make sure you will, too, we’ve made the routes kid and family friendly. There’s food before you leave and plenty to eat at the finish line. There are stops for toilet and water breaks. And just in case, busses to bring everyone back to the car.

 

Any veteran parents out there with more advice for rookie moms and dads?

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