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September 17th, 2009, 06:10 AM
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Read somewhere about them and realized i've been doing them since Stephie was 4 months old. Didn't know the benefits though till i read about them. The only benefit that was blindigly visible to me was my own mental state from caring on my daughter 24/7 and needing a break once in a while and of course the fact that she always calmed down during them and fell on a 'light' sleep .....(opening eyes and looking around once and again and then closing them)...you know the veryyyy relaxed observation of the surroundings. We are lucky because even though we live in the center of Athens-Greece, i mean center of the city we are stationed in a hill that has a lovely forest around it. As big as you can find one in this city. I always jogged there (still do) so i started taking Stephie out for nature walks from month 4 in the middle of the winter. We always take 1 walk a day till today and hopefully for a long time still (depends on her weight and if i will be able to carry her in the mei tai for long because this is cross country and it cannot be crossed by ANY kind of stroller). The problem is even though we have a lot of children (many ages) in the neighborhood there is NO one else doing what i am doing and the only people i see in the forest are joggers, or people walking their dogs (and the odd lonely someone). All the children/babies are in the parks with their peers. (Why don't i take her there? NO WAY am i doing that now with the flu and what have you. Spring time is when she is gonna start socializing with GREAT care). I feel weird at times dunno. I just wanted to ask you ladies do you try nature walks with your baby/toddler? Do you/have you read anything on the benefits of it? Have you read any good articles on it? Can you pinpoint me to one? It is a great experience and very soothing for both. She is interested from the trees, to the leafs, to the turtles, birds, cats and dogs, snails (she touched and loved the way it kept pulling it's sensors inside lol) to even ant colonies................
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September 17th, 2009, 03:14 PM
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Sounds like a great idea, maybe i should try that bit more. There is a lovely hill right next to my house, takes all of 5-10 minutes to walk the circle but it's nice and peaceful and just the perfect balance of uphill and downhill.

Btw I'm carrying my almost 11 kilo girl without problems in a front carry with mei tai. I'm a fairly small/small framed person, my wrists for example are 5,5". Unless you have a big girl I would say that you can carry her until she starts walking with you.
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September 17th, 2009, 07:34 PM
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Oh yes nature walks are a fantastic idea.. I should try that....
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Sounds like a great idea, maybe i should try that bit more. There is a lovely hill right next to my house, takes all of 5-10 minutes to walk the circle but it's nice and peaceful and just the perfect balance of uphill and downhill.

Btw I'm carrying my almost 11 kilo girl without problems in a front carry with mei tai. I'm a fairly small/small framed person, my wrists for example are 5,5". Unless you have a big girl I would say that you can carry her until she starts walking with you.
THAT'S exactly what i want to do. Carry her until she is able to walk beside me.......
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