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Poll Results: How often do you take your toddler outside?

 
  • 6% (4)
    A long time every day, rain/shine/hot/freezing/no matter what
  • 12% (8)
    A short time every day, rain/shine/hot/freezing/no matter what
  • 20% (13)
    Most days for a long time
  • 27% (18)
    Most days for a short time
  • 16% (11)
    Once or twice a week for a long time
  • 9% (6)
    Once or twice a week for a short time
  • 7% (5)
    Less often/never
65 Total Votes  
post #21 of 37

I find THIS has been my biggest hurdle to getting outside. We live in a fairly temperate climate and I have no problem layering the kids on the few days it really is cold (or windy) but I don't dress myself and consequently don't want to stay out once we're out!!! I'm paying more attention these days and even overdressing myself - it makes a huge difference!!

 

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Originally Posted by anechka View Post

What upsets me the most is that majority of Americans do not dress appropriately for the winter and they do not dress their kids either. And this is why they are mostly staying inside. Please invest into winter gear - get yourself warm down jackets, gloves and hands and boots - same for kids AND GO OUT!!!! I just do not understand why so many people insist on staying inside in the winter. We live in Philadelphia suburb, and I take my kid outside twice a day for at least two hours. Granted, I dress her and myself appropriately. It is not even that cold here. I used to live in the Eastern Siberia where temps often drop to -30C and we were ALWAYS outside. We, kids loved, loved, loved winter!!!! There is so much fun to play with your friends in the snow. And here, in US winter landscapes are like a desert. My poor two year old daughter - who loves being outside -  is so lonely. There are no kids outside between November and April. This whole thing makes me sick. I just do not get the whole thing. Why can't you all dress up and go outside? It is not like it is -40C here, it is at most -5C here, in Philly. How screwed up and unhealthy an American lifestyle is! I actually mourn my daughter's childhood in the US. The simplest pleasuresof life such as playing with your friends in the snow are absolutely unattainable in this country. Sorry, for the long rant. But this post really hit home for me. Please, go out!  Dress up and go out: teach your kids to walk on snow and ice, teach them to love nature in all its mannifestations. Please do it for youreself and for them!!!

post #22 of 37

For me it's all about having something to do once we get outside. We have no yard, so if we don't have a destination, there's no point. We still do a few general neighborhood walks most days of the week, at least to walk the dog, but once it's too cold for the playground, it's hard to have a place to go. We do ice skate 1-2 times a week, and we try to ski a few times a year as well, so we have good winter gear. 

post #23 of 37
I can't vote because none of the options fit!

We try to go outside for a least a little while most days. Sometimes it's just running around on the lawn for 10 minutes if it's cold, other days it's 3 hours of sand/water/bike play if it's warm enough. If it's cold and we're up to it, I'll bundle them up and go on a walk or we'll take the bikes around the block. It does depend on the weather though, because in the warmer seasons we're outside daily!
post #24 of 37

We do dress for the occasion, but a ice cold see breaze in the face still can hurt, and my 14 month old toddler just cannot move as well outside, when he's all bundled up. But he enjoys being carried around outside, and then we go to the library and hang out there.

 

Has anyone else noticed, that their littles ones can't breath when the wind is too strong?

 

On a calm and sunny day we are outside, even at -20C.

post #25 of 37

Anechka, I liked your comments, it is so true. We stay inside all the time, even though my ideal is to get outside. When you said teach your kids to walk on snow/ice, I had to laugh, I sure cannot teach her that. I've become my gramma on ice, and walk in those itty bitty shuffly i'm-gonna-fall steps. How does one walk on ice? I much prefer tromping through snow, I feel safer. It's embarassing to admit that, I'm only 35, but act on ice like I'm 40+ years older!

 

I voted once or twice a week for a short time, but even that's generous. Mostly we're inside. I will start today with at the very least a walk around the block.

post #26 of 37

Teenytoona,

 

if you feel insecure on ice, those yaktrex or similar "spikes" for the shoes can be great. I use them, when I go through town while carrying my child, because I feel safer and don't want to slip with him on my back.

post #27 of 37

24 month old DS goes out with me almost every day.  But in bad weather it's usually just to run around the barn while I clean stalls and do barn chores.  I bundle him up and he's in a full snow suit, but his face and hands (usually because he's constantly taking his gloves off) still get cold after 20 minutes or so if it's in the teens or below.  I can't imagine staying outside for hours with toddler's or younger.  Their extremities seems to chill much faster than an older child's and unless all of their exposed flesh is covered they're going to get cold.  If anyone has seen face masks for toddler's please let me know where I could get them.  I frequently have to rush chores in the winter or go back out after he's gone to bed to finish.

post #28 of 37
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Originally Posted by lari View Post


24 month old DS goes out with me almost every day.  But in bad weather it's usually just to run around the barn while I clean stalls and do barn chores.  I bundle him up and he's in a full snow suit, but his face and hands (usually because he's constantly taking his gloves off) still get cold after 20 minutes or so if it's in the teens or below.  I can't imagine staying outside for hours with toddler's or younger.  Their extremities seems to chill much faster than an older child's and unless all of their exposed flesh is covered they're going to get cold.  If anyone has seen face masks for toddler's please let me know where I could get them.  I frequently have to rush chores in the winter or go back out after he's gone to bed to finish.




 


I don't know how crafty you are, but I found a pattern for a toddler-sized balaclava on Ravelry: Wee Balaclava

Thanks for the idea! cold.gif
post #29 of 37

My rule is the day care regulation rule: if it's 20 degrees or colder, we don't go out.  So he hasn't played outside in probably a month.  I did find a great new indoor playground though.  Too bad it's across town.  Do what you can.  :)

post #30 of 37

I'm a wuss in cold weather, and I'm in Texas, so it's not that cold, but when it gets cold it often gets rainy which is just unbearable to me. But DS is only 2 and doesn't have a strong opinion on whether we go outside or not yet. I'm sure as he gets older I'll be more motivated to get out with him simply because he'll be asking me more I'm sure. Plus, I'm pregnant and I know I should be outside with DS exercising or whatnot, but I just can't get motivated. We do go out alot though, so we are outside, just not as much as we could be.

post #31 of 37

you know.....I'd do everyday if I could get over this one hurdle. My neighbors (many with children) love to comment that I'm freezing the baby or my parents say, 'You took him outside? It was FREEZING today!' I know I dress him VERY appropriately with an extra layer just in case, extra mittens in case we lose them etc... I guess I don't like feeling that taking my boy to enjoy the frost is illegal and dangerous. I feel defensive and I barely have the energy to get dresses, let alone bundle both of us us, trudge out in the snow, and get crap from parents whose babysitters are busy with their kids indoors.

End rant,lol

post #32 of 37
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Originally Posted by anechka View Post


What upsets me the most is that majority of Americans do not dress appropriately for the winter and they do not dress their kids either. And this is why they are mostly staying inside. Please invest into winter gear - get yourself warm down jackets, gloves and hands and boots - same for kids AND GO OUT!!!! I just do not understand why so many people insist on staying inside in the winter. We live in Philadelphia suburb, and I take my kid outside twice a day for at least two hours. Granted, I dress her and myself appropriately. It is not even that cold here. I used to live in the Eastern Siberia where temps often drop to -30C and we were ALWAYS outside. We, kids loved, loved, loved winter!!!! There is so much fun to play with your friends in the snow. And here, in US winter landscapes are like a desert. My poor two year old daughter - who loves being outside -  is so lonely. There are no kids outside between November and April. This whole thing makes me sick. I just do not get the whole thing. Why can't you all dress up and go outside? It is not like it is -40C here, it is at most -5C here, in Philly. How screwed up and unhealthy an American lifestyle is! I actually mourn my daughter's childhood in the US. The simplest pleasuresof life such as playing with your friends in the snow are absolutely unattainable in this country. Sorry, for the long rant. But this post really hit home for me. Please, go out!  Dress up and go out: teach your kids to walk on snow and ice, teach them to love nature in all its mannifestations. Please do it for youreself and for them!!!




 



Ok so I don't really know how to use my Christmas gift yet so I can't bold it but the part about teaching your kids to walk in the snow and ice sorta struck a nerve for me. My ds would. Not. Walk. In then snow until just this winter, two and a half years old. Teaching him to do so was impossible and he usually ended up in tears. Trust me, I tried to get him to walk so I didn't have to carry him AND his newborn brother to the van. I really never expected a kid not to even walk to the driveway at almost two. Anyway, sometimes it is easy for us to tell people how easy things should be for them/their kids when maybe we were lucky things worked out so well for us?

Eta: think I figured out how to bold smile.gif

As for the original question I take the kids outside a couple times a week. I wish it were more often. DS2 is just barely walking and has a hard time crawling in his snowsuit. I was taking them with me while I went running in the mornings but DS1 would cry to walk and DS2 would just cry. We were taking em for sled rides, which they really liked but there is not enough snow now. Does anyone have any ideas? Any boots that would be easy for DS2 to walk in?
post #33 of 37
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Originally Posted by Laur318 View Post

you know.....I'd do everyday if I could get over this one hurdle. My neighbors (many with children) love to comment that I'm freezing the baby or my parents say, 'You took him outside? It was FREEZING today!' I know I dress him VERY appropriately with an extra layer just in case, extra mittens in case we lose them etc... I guess I don't like feeling that taking my boy to enjoy the frost is illegal and dangerous. I feel defensive and I barely have the energy to get dresses, let alone bundle both of us us, trudge out in the snow, and get crap from parents whose babysitters are busy with their kids indoors.

End rant,lol



Ha-ha, same thing. I get those comments as well. But I am Russian, so I can get away with it:)) People in my neighbourhood probably think that I am some crazy Russian mom who does not know any better. My husband even wondered once if they could call police on us. I mean, my dd is dressed appropriately, so why would anyone callthe  police on us? It is not like we send her out in her summer dress. I was kind of hoping that when my neighbours saw us out in the street, they would let their kids out. My dd would often stay in front of people's windows where the kids she knows, live and she would call their names. That is how I did it when I was child. You call kid's name and the next second his parents let him outisde. Not a chance. No one ever came out to play with us. But you know what. I don't care what these people think; I am out with her every single day. Few days ago we got lots of snow; so yesterday she was walking or rather trying to walk in deep, deep snow. Falling down a lot, I would pull her up right; she makes few steps and falls down again. I laughed and she did too. I think it is important to show your kid that IT IS NOT a big deal when she falls down. When my dd falls down in the snow, she could hardly hurt herself: she is all bundled up and probably hardly feels anything:)) Of coures, ice is different thing.

post #34 of 37
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Ok so I don't really know how to use my Christmas gift yet so I can't bold it but the part about teaching your kids to walk in the snow and ice sorta struck a nerve for me. My ds would. Not. Walk. In then snow until just this winter, two and a half years old. Teaching him to do so was impossible and he usually ended up in tears. Trust me, I tried to get him to walk so I didn't have to carry him AND his newborn brother to the van. I really never expected a kid not to even walk to the driveway at almost two. Anyway, sometimes it is easy for us to tell people how easy things should be for them/their kids when maybe we were lucky things worked out so well for us?Eta: think I figured out how to bold :)As for the original question I take the kids outside a couple times a week. I wish it were more often. DS2 is just barely walking and has a hard time crawling in his snowsuit. I was taking them with me while I went running in the mornings but DS1 would cry to walk and DS2 would just cry. We were taking em for sled rides, which they really liked but there is not enough snow now. Does anyone have any ideas? Any boots that would be easy for DS2 to walk in?


 

post #35 of 37
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Ok so I don't really know how to use my Christmas gift yet so I can't bold it but the part about teaching your kids to walk in the snow and ice sorta struck a nerve for me. My ds would. Not. Walk. In then snow until just this winter, two and a half years old. Teaching him to do so was impossible and he usually ended up in tears. Trust me, I tried to get him to walk so I didn't have to carry him AND his newborn brother to the van. I really never expected a kid not to even walk to the driveway at almost two. Anyway, sometimes it is easy for us to tell people how easy things should be for them/their kids when maybe we were lucky things worked out so well for us?Eta: think I figured out how to bold :)As for the original question I take the kids outside a couple times a week. I wish it were more often. DS2 is just barely walking and has a hard time crawling in his snowsuit. I was taking them with me while I went running in the mornings but DS1 would cry to walk and DS2 would just cry. We were taking em for sled rides, which they really liked but there is not enough snow now. Does anyone have any ideas? Any boots that would be easy for DS2 to walk in?


 



 

O.K. No one suggest here that a young child would be able to walk on snow/ice as a “pro” during his first winter. It might take him one, two, three winters until he gets it. During her first “walking” winter, dd fell All . The. Time. I would try to keep her upright but many times this was not possible. So she fell and fell and fell... However, this winter she runs and walks much better. Clearly, practice paid off.  Also, when she fell, I never made a fuss over it. I would sometimes let her lay down in snow for few seconds before pulling her right up. This seemed to calm her down and it made her feel more comfortable with her surroundings. Also, I DID NOT put snowsuit and snow boots on her when she was younger.  Because all this staff is so heavy. I never wore that when I was child: so why would I put that awfully bulky clothing on her?  I layered  wool  over wool or fleece over wool, and that keeps her warm without weighing her down.  Also, wool is somewhat water repellent; so she does not get wet as fast.  And of course, I got her warm boots (They were ecco and I got them at a thrift store) they were light and very, very warm.  

 

 



 

post #36 of 37
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Ok so I don't really know how to use my Christmas gift yet so I can't bold it but the part about teaching your kids to walk in the snow and ice sorta struck a nerve for me. My ds would. Not. Walk. In then snow until just this winter, two and a half years old. Teaching him to do so was impossible and he usually ended up in tears. Trust me, I tried to get him to walk so I didn't have to carry him AND his newborn brother to the van. I really never expected a kid not to even walk to the driveway at almost two. Anyway, sometimes it is easy for us to tell people how easy things should be for them/their kids when maybe we were lucky things worked out so well for us?


Yes -- my DS isn't specifically opposed to walking in the snow though -- he's opposed to walking at all, in any weather, when we're outside. Sometimes I can get him to walk to the car, but if we're outside just to play, he stands there & cries for me to pick him up. Carrying around a 2yo while both of us are in full winter gear is not only annoying, it's nearly impossible. I would love if he'd walk around or even sit in the sled & let me pull him, but he wants to be physically in my arms all the time, so it makes it very hard.

post #37 of 37
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O.K. No one suggest here that a young child would be able to walk on snow/ice as a “pro” during his first winter. It might take him one, two, three winters until he gets it. During her first “walking” winter, dd fell All . The. Time. I would try to keep her upright but many times this was not possible. So she fell and fell and fell... However, this winter she runs and walks much better. Clearly, practice paid off.  Also, when she fell, I never made a fuss over it. I would sometimes let her lay down in snow for few seconds before pulling her right up. This seemed to calm her down and it made her feel more comfortable with her surroundings. Also, I DID NOT put snowsuit and snow boots on her when she was younger.  Because all this staff is so heavy. I never wore that when I was child: so why would I put that awfully bulky clothing on her?  I layered  wool  over wool or fleece over wool, and that keeps her warm without weighing her down.  Also, wool is somewhat water repellent; so she does not get wet as fast.  And of course, I got her warm boots (They were ecco and I got them at a thrift store) they were light and very, very warm.  

 

 



 



 



We're not talking about his first winter here or even his second. My ds was fully walking in Januaury of 09 and refused to walk in the snow at all through all of 09 and the beginning of 2010. This winter is the first time he was willing to walk. And there was no practicing because he would not move. Literally just stood there. In fact, he was in daycare for a couple weeks and I pulled him out becaue I happened to drive by and he was standing completely still on the playground. I drove by and saw that he wasn't moving, drove by again, went to the bank and drove by again and he hadn't moved. He refused to move in the snow at all. I went and grabbed him off the playground but I still have terrible guilt over it. All I am saying is that teaching and practicing doesn't work for every kid and your posts make it sound like it might be hard to see that when it works out so well for you. For my i just had to give him time and not try to force it.
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