~ 6 to 12 months
baby is in love with the world! Everything is new and exciting, and
there is so much to explore and discover. As part of your daily routine,
enjoy going out every day for fresh air, a change of scene, and an
introdction to all the world has to offer.
Babies don't need fancy places. The "everyday" is fascinating!
Look at the bright colors of fruit in the supermarket. Stop by a local
garden or park. Watch children playing. Visit the pet store. Rediscover
what's around you by sharing it with your baby.
Your baby feels safe and secure, if he's with you. However, he may
be uneasy if a stranger, even a well-meaning one, approaches. Talk
with your baby to let him know you are there. Be a buffer between
him and anyone new.
Find a balance between time at home and time outside. Babies need
both. Too much time away from home can be more stimulating than your
baby can handle. Time in his comfortable, familiar surroundings may
be what he needs.
Keep your equipment--stroller, carrier, or car seat--in good repair
and packed with what you need for your day's excursion. Be prepared
for a spontaneous decision to stay out longer, visit a friend, or
stop for a "picnic."