If all you have the energy for at this point is a quick trip around the block, we understand. Luckily there are simpler ways to take your baby out for a walk, rather than unloading a bulky stroller. Baby slings allow your baby to cuddle up against you as you stroll, while remaining secure in a comfortable wrap. They’re the best choice for babies under five months, since babies this age can’t yet hold up their heads and need more neck support. We would recommend buying a sling made of a stretchy fabric that adjusts to your baby’s size, since fiddling with a stiffer kind to make your baby secure can be an added pain.
The great outdoors can only be confined to your backyard for so long. In fact, many parents say fresh air and a change of scenery will help to cure any cabin fever you might be feeling, as well. After about a month or two, your kids will be ready to take on the adventure with you, and we’ve found some of the best ways to make sure your baby is secure and happy along the way. There are many kinds of hiking backpacks out there. These back carriers will allow your baby to turn their head and explore the sights, and will help you hike longer distances than the slings will—without hurting your neck and shoulders. They can cost anywhere from $130 to $320, but the most important factors when buying a carrier for hiking are how comfortable it feels on your back, and whether or not it’s versatile and can be adjusted as your baby grows. A couple more pro tips to think about before hitting the trails: Especially in Texas, if you opt out of dressing your little one with a hat, invest in a backpack that provides rain/sun overhead coverage.
Two words: bike trailers. Sometimes they can be a little pricey, but for good reason. Fastened securely to the back of your bike, bike trailers allow you to go for relaxing neighborhood rides with your baby in tow. Covered models can also shield your baby from rain, bugs, and other unwanted elements. Child bike seats are another popular option for older kids. You can attach them directly to the back of the bike as a second seat and strap your child in for the ride. Many models have features that keep your child’s feet away from the spokes, as well as extra padding so the strong seat is still comfortable.
Jogging strollers are a staple for active parents. Regular day strollers can get the job done just fine, but companies also sell speciality, streamlined strollers designed for jogging. If pushing isn’t your speed, though, new models are now available that you can strap around your waist—allowing you to pull your baby behind you instead. There are also versatile jogging strollers that can double as bike trailers. For the most part, however, a traditional stroller should fit most needs. If you’re thinking about what kind to purchase, here are a few things to consider as you shop: Jogging strollers should have good suspension to keep any unexpected bumps in the sidewalk from jostling your baby, especially if your baby is less than a year old. If you and your partner are both runners, you may also want to look for one with an adjustable handlebar so you can fix it to your different heights. Keep in mind while running that the big tires that make the strollers glide smoothly across the ground can also make them pretty heavy. But, if you take this obstacle in stride, it can make for a rewarding workout.