is four months too early?

Nellie - posted on 10/11/2010 ( 233 moms have responded )

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My daughter is four months old and I like to take her for walks n a trail in the woods. I have her in the sling and I always bundle her up so she`s warm. But I`ve gotten a few comments such as you`re getting her used to the woods awful early. I only ever go in the daytime and it`s a flat trail. Is she still too young?

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Sarah - posted on 10/13/2010

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I dont understand why this would be seen as a bad thing? Getting you and your daughter out of the house in the fresh air....only positive in my book x

Christelle - posted on 10/12/2010

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What better than fresh air, birds singing, exposing her to new sounds and surroundings. The best therapy for a child is to sit on the grass and play with the dirt. Thats the only way to learn different textures, smells and tastes. As long as she is dressed according to the weather. I have never heard of anyone dying of fresh air. Good luck and enjoy.

Rachel - posted on 10/12/2010

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No! Sounds fun to me! It's never too early to teach your child to appreciate nature. Good for you!

Stifler's - posted on 10/12/2010

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No. I took my kid to Blackdown Tableland at 3 weeks old. It's like a national park with a 2km walk to a 200 step thing and a water fall. Don't worry about other people, get out and do things you get bored and resentful sitting home doing nothing.

Rebecca - posted on 10/12/2010

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every parent is different and we are all entitled to raise our own kids the way we want and to the best of our abilities, when they are older then you will see all your hard work pay off i see other children and how they act and think i did a good job with my kids without any help from hypocrites

Megan - posted on 10/12/2010

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Perhaps they are related to the person who was highly offended my son didn't have a cap and socks on in the middle of July when it was 95 degrees and we were at the park when he was about 4 months old. She actually told me "he will get cold without them."

Rebecca - posted on 10/12/2010

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no they are crazy it's a great idea we all need some fresh air i wish i could get out more with my three kids i love trails and being in the woods

Alexa - posted on 10/12/2010

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No girl i definitely do not think so. My daughter will be 4 months old on the 23rd of this month and I take her in her jogging stroller on a flat trail by our house. As long you protect her (which mommy knows best!) from mosquitos or anything you might have in your area than your good to go. i think that outdoors are good for babies and my daughter really enjoys it and she is always calm outside!

Rosie - posted on 10/12/2010

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um, no it's not to early. tell them to piss off, lol!! i cannot stand the way people think they need to keep babies in a bubble, babies are people too!! as long as you and your daughter enjoy it, i see no problem, at all. :)

Jessica - posted on 10/12/2010

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she's fine. One of the most important things you learn as a mother is to ignore most of the advice you get!

Seanne - posted on 10/12/2010

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No way! Babies need fresh air and the exercise is good for both of you! Enjoy!!

Marion - posted on 10/12/2010

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I don't think 4 mth old is too early. As long as the infant is properly attired, and some sort of protection from insects, no harm done. I know my daughter in law took my grandson out in a carrier and snow suit with in the first month of life. He was born in New England, in February. My kids went camping from birth, and my mother use to put my brother, who is now 50, out in his carriage to nap, in a snowsuit.

Jenn - posted on 10/12/2010

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Why would it be a bad thing? Some people worry about the strangest things LOL!

Iridescent - posted on 10/11/2010

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Lol! There's lotsa stuff in the woods, but generally not bears (although, occasionally...). Anyway, I doubt she's mountain climbing with the baby in the sling and a pork chop tied to her neck! I love the funny picture that gave!

Renae - posted on 10/11/2010

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Why would she be too young to take for a walk in the woods? Am I missing something here? Maybe I just dont know what "the woods" is. I am Australian and we dont really use that term but I'm likening it to going for a walk through the park. I dont understand why taking her for a walk would be a problem. Are there bears in the woods or something? lol :)

Firebird - posted on 10/11/2010

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I'm sorry to be so blunt, but that's just dumb. I think it's great that you take her with you when you're out on the trail.

Rose - posted on 10/11/2010

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I don't think so, I think it would be great for both of you. i took my daughter with me every where i've never hidden her from anything She is now 10, My mum done the same with me it doesn't hurt them. My mum always told me not to let the kids run your life you shouldn't stop doing things you enjoy just because you have kids. i also have twin boys and they go every where with me too. I hope this helps.

Charlie - posted on 10/11/2010

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I was out and walking bubba around a few days out of hospital , i find that a very strange thing for a person to say to you.

Shona - posted on 10/11/2010

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my son was out and about after a week and he was perfectly fine she is four months old why dont you try put her in a stroller so she can look at the outside it wont hurt her and no one should have the right to tell you what you should do with your chikld i think its fantastic

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I think it's awesome that you get your daughter out into nature so often! Bravo and hat's off to you. Pssshhhhh to anyone who gives you one ounce of crap for it. She'll be the healthiest girl in the neighborhood when she grows up. Good way to teach her healthy habits too :)

Sherri - posted on 10/11/2010

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Heck I took my youngest to my kids school the day he got out of the hospital. I brought him to each of there classrooms and let all the kids gather round and show him off. I never sheltered them from going out in public or outside ever.

Andrea - posted on 10/11/2010

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I think it's great to get our kids outside however old they are. As long as she's warm, I don't see a problem.

C. - posted on 10/11/2010

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As long as she's dressed appropriately for the weather.. What's the big deal? I think it'd be fine.

Sneaky - posted on 10/11/2010

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My question to these people is: how, exactly, is she getting used to the woods? She is strapped to her mum and she is looking at pretty trees (which I am pretty sure she sees every time you leave the house . . . ). Now if you were trying to teach her what to do if a bear attacks I might be concerned :o)

And the answer is NO. She is not too young to go for walks with you! Geeeez, I stuck my two day old in a pram and took her shopping, lots of people confused her for a doll apparently (I must just look like the type of person that would push a doll around a shopping center in a pram!) but no one ever said to me: Your getting her used to shopping awful early! It would probably be best if you could just nod and smile at the crazy people and then completely ignore what they say :o)

September - posted on 10/11/2010

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No way she's not too young! We had our son out in the woods as soon as we were able. I think our son's first walk in the park across the street from our house (which is surrounded by woods) was when he was like 5 weeks old. I say go for it! There is nothing wrong with a young baby enjoying the outdoors. Our son will be 2 October 26th and I think he would live outside if we let him! :)

Alana - posted on 10/11/2010

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I took my child outside after 6 weeks - walks outside are great for their lungs! Just make sure you don't let a lot of people touch them at that young age so they don't get too sick. Be proud that you're walking in the woods with your baby - good for you!

LAQUETTA - posted on 10/11/2010

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nope as long as you got her covered u gud dont take her n late evenin like 5 n6pm do it like round twelve n three pm

Krista - posted on 10/11/2010

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As long as she's dressed appropriately, I think it's fantastic that you're taking her out into the fresh air.

"Getting her used to the woods"? Cripes, it's not like you're LEAVING her there with some bread like Hansel and Gretel's dad.

Krista - posted on 10/11/2010

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Wait.... you're taking your child into the fresh air in proper clothing and people are giving you crap for it? That's the most retarded thing I've ever heard! My daughter was born in July and she spent A LOT of time outside and still does. The fresh air is actually good for them. Don't listen to anyone when they say you shouldn't be doing this. You're getting exercise for yourself and spending time with your child. I'm at a loss to explain how stupid those people sound to me.

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What reason do people give for that being a bad thing? I think it's great! Think of all the babies the LIVED in the woods for thousands of years throughout the history of the world.

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