When baby loves the outdoors too much

Filed under: Just For Moms, Development/Milestones: Babies

Since he was weeks old, Nolan has been soothed by the outdoors. I remember bundling him in toques, woollies, and multiple blankets and looping around the neighbourhood with him in his stroller, fighting the pain of minus twenty in my nose. Nolan, however, was happy. He is always happy as long as he's outdoors.

Lately, though, I've been hesitant to play outside with him because it's always such a dramatic undertaking to get him back in the house. This morning I took him to the park down the road, where he bellowed with sheer joy and stomped around in the falling yellow leaves. He ran in circles and pushed the baby carriage and - I swear - pumped his baby hands in the air in pure triumph. All is beautiful and inspiring until it's time to put him back in his stroller, back to the house. He has a meltdown every time: squirming and crying and trying to open the door to get back outside.

I don't know if this is a normal thing or a genetic thing. My dad and my brother are both outdoor fanatics - if they could sit in a boat on the ocean and fish forever, equipped with only coffee and rain gear, they would do it in a heartbeat. Does your baby resist the indoors?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.