There’s a reason why experts advise new moms to wait until the baby turns 2 months to go outside: before that, their immune system is still fragilized and the first immune shots haven’t started working yet.

As of right now, however, you can go visit family and friends or take your little one for a stroll around the park or the playground. That being said, you should use your best judgement. For example, avoid going out when it’s too cold or too hot. Make sure to dress your baby appropriately according to the weather, without going overboard.

Stay away from crowded spaces, like shopping malls, supermarkets and restaurants. In the baby’s bag, you should always pack disposable diapers (one for each hour spent away from home), a portable changing table, your hygiene kit (rash cream, hand sanitizer, wet wipes), a complete change of clothes, bags for dirty clothes, cloth diapers or nappies, a light blanket and a hooded sweater or a jacket and a beanie. Don’t forget to also include any medications the child might be taking and that will need to be taken while your out of the house.

Outdoor walks can take about half and hour. The protective cover, which covers the entire stroller and became popular as a way to shield the baby from infections and onlookers, isn’t recommended by most experts. Firstly, because the child already has other forms of protecting, such as vaccines and by breastfeeding. Besides, it’s a tool that isolates and gets in the way of the visual and auditory stimuli the baby is exposed to. If your baby won’t even have a chance to see the world or to acquire enough immunity to be exposed to a little bit of sun, then what’s the point of going for a walk?

And, speaking of sun, make sure it doesn’t hit the child directly. Little by little, the duration of the walks can be increased. Just be careful with breaking the rules, so it doesn’t become a habit. Remember that just two hours away from home is enough to cause an impact on the baby’s routine. Many alterations to it can irritate the child and even change eating and sleeping patterns.

As you exit the car, remember the baby seat should be placed in the backseat, facing the back of the car until the child turns one or reaches 10 kgs. If you’re placing the baby seat on the stroller, position it facing you, this way you can watch your child closely. As the grow, you can turn the seat facing forward, so they can appreciate the view.