We have a 6 year old, and a 4 week old. When our 6 year old was a baby, we stopped trying to do too much outdoors. But now, especially with the 6 year old, much of our family time/activity time is doing things like hiking, picnicking, etc.
I'm struggling a little with a few issues, taking the baby along.
First, if we are somewhere relatively stroller-friendly, I get nervous at how much the little one's head gets jiggled around, when the stroller is on grass, or a rougher gravel path. Do I need to be worried about this?
I've tended to use a moby wrap to carry her instead, so I'm not worried about her head. And then of course I worry about her overheating when it's warm here. I put her in the wrap just in a onesie, and we don't walk for too long at a time (maybe 1/2 hour), before I can take her out and let her cool off. Her back is still cool at that point, but her front is all sweaty as is mine. Is this ok?
Lastly I have no idea what I am best to do when there is no shade. Yesterday we took a picnic to a lake that my older DD loves to play at. There is NO shade there. I handled it by keeping the lo with me, and covered with a light blanket. But she is kind of restless during the day - wanting to be up on my shoulder, then down in a cradle hold, then facing out, then nursing, etc., that I get so flustered trying to keep her content AND covered. Not so fun for me while dh and dd play LOL
I'm not sure if I should limit our excursions to places with shade, or find some solution - take an umbrella with me, or something? We like exploring new places, and I'd rather not have to keep turning back when we don't find shade.