march for babies blog

6 Feb

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?


How to March with Babies

Comment by Susan — February 6, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

LOL they do pick everything up. One word: purell. And a plastic bag for all the mess!!!

How to March with Babies

Comment by Kim — February 7, 2009 @ 2:49 am

Last year I was so envious of all the families with those Radio Flyer wagons with the canopies. What great sun protection. I’m hoping to pick one up for this year!

How to March with Babies

Comment by Vanessa — February 7, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

I’m concerned about bringing my 5 year old to the walk, he hasn’t been in stroller for two years, so I don’t think he would want to be in one. And I think 3 miles is a long way for him to walk. Any suggestions?

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Comment by Elizabeth — February 8, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

Vanessa, I am not a parent but a nanny and plan on bringing the kids I nanny for. One of which is a five year old girl. I agree that 3 miles is to long for that age to walk but she has one ofthose razor scooter things that she loves and is going o use! Perhaps your son has one he could use? It is still far but there are alot of stops along the route for them to stop off and rest. Also, I did the walk with my mother and aunt when I was younger and they always pulled me in a red wagon when I could no longer walk. Hope this helps!

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Comment by Angela — February 9, 2009 @ 9:34 am

Vanessa, physically, your 5-year-old will probably be able to walk 3 miles. But if you don’t normally go for long walks, he may get bored or tired. Rest at least every 30 minutes or so and take your cues from him. Even if you have to cut your walk a little short – you still shared a good time together! Some good advice from Elizabeth as well. Bringing a scooter can be fun, but don’t do it unless your kids are experienced riders. Scooter-related accidents are common and can be serious. Everyone should use protective gear! You also may want to check the terrain of your walk, or you’ll end up being the one carrying it!

How to March with Babies

Comment by Sheesh — February 10, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

We’re thnking of joining the walk in Newport Beach and we were just wondering if we could bring our puppy along too?

How to March with Babies

Comment by Angela — February 11, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

Sheesh, check out ‘Walk the Dog?’ (2/11) on this blog for the answer to your question.

How to March with Babies

Comment by Erin — February 26, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

I am a breastfeeding mom and my daughter will be 7 months by the time we walk in May (I am hoping to be nursing still by then…knowing it is up to her too). I have noticed in most of the comments that there are lots of stops…any of them have some privacy for us nursing moms??? So far she isn’t taking a bottle at all…maybe that will change by then, but just in case…any suggestions?

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Comment by Angela — February 27, 2009 @ 9:14 am

Erin, call your chapter. They’ll be happy to tell you exactly what to expect on March for Babies day. We do our best to help out our nursing moms. Many of our sites have private areas where you can nurse your baby at the start (and finish) of the walk. I’m not sure about what’s available at the stops. And that too will differ from walk to walk.


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