Now that your baby is becoming more and more interested in the world and can even sit upright in the stroller, take them for an outdoor walk whenever possible. The sun will help synthesize vitamin D in their body, which is fundamental for bone development and to prevent rickets.

Ideally, walks should be taken at times when the ultraviolet radiation is more mild, which means between 8 and 10 a.m. and anytime after 4 p.m. A short, 10 to 15 minute walk is enough to take in the benefits.

Since sunblock shouldn’t be applied until the child turns six months old, on really hot days it’s important to protect your child’s skin with light clothing and a hat or cap, aside from avoiding putting them directly under the sun.