Taking your minis outside to play isn't just a good way to get them out of the house, it's also beneficial for their development!
Babies learn all the time. They don’t have words to describe what they encounter but they learn about their world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing. Your mini will be mesmerised by sounds and movement and there’s a plethora of unique sounds, colours, lights, sensations and textures to take in and experience outdoors - the crunch of dry leaves underfoot, the rustle made by grass or leaves blowing in the breeze, the sensation of wind or grass on skin, the interest provided by flowers that can be smelled and picked, the texture and smell of the garden after a rain...
When these experiences are shared with a loving adult who can share a baby’s sense of newness, wonder and awe, the entire experience is enjoyable and memorable. It is also critical to babies’ brain function, overall development and to the early experiences of achieving a positive sense of self.
And if you want to give it a try, follow 1000 Hours Outside, an online community encouraging families to (you guessed it) aim to spend 1000 hours a year in the great outdoors.