My grandmother always said that there’s no problem that a little fresh air won’t make better. It turns out, science agrees: the health benefits of outdoor play for children span from improved vision and concentration to decreased stress.
If you’ve got a newborn, you may wonder if it’s okay to take your infant outside. As long as you take care to protect the skin and not overdress or underdress your infant, you’re good to go. The benefits of outdoor time for babies are huge as they embark on the development of their senses through exploration. Where else can you smell the salt in the ocean or feel the soft grass beneath your feet for the very first time?
Richard Louv, in his classic book The Last Child In the Woods, discusses Nature Deficit Disorder. He says:
The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable.
When you get outside with your kids, you give the whole family a little boost of extra happiness. Tell us about a fun outside time you had with your little one this summer.