Backyard fun in the sun

Now that it’s getting warmer outsideImage

this energetic mum realized that we have a Jungle in the backyard. Therefor I got out this monster and tried, what people call “cut the grass”. Lucky I had some help

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and someone was carefully watching me and giving me directions, although I don’t really understand what “bababaaa” means.

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After a couple of hours…ok, minutes; we were exhausted and decided to enjoy the sun.

The importance of Sun for Babies

Vitamin D is one of the important vitamins for the overall integrity of the body systems. Some call it the “wonder vitamin” and praise it’s virtues.  Vitamin D is very important for an infant’s health and for proper development:

  • Maintains the calcium and potassium levels in the blood required by the baby to build strong bones and teeth.
  • Essential for body mineral balance and blood clotting.
  • Contributes to the heart and nervous system.
  • Maintains insulin levels.

There are several main sources that provide the body with vitamin D: sunlight, foods such as fatty fish, dairy and egg yolks, and nutritional supplements.

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So, when it comes to baby sun safety, how much sunlight is enough sunlight? Experts recommend that individuals with fair skin get about ten minutes of sunlight each day. People with darker skin tones will need slightly longer amounts of time in the sun in order for the body to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. Most importantly, for the body to make enough vitamin D, the skin must be bare and free from sunscreen. Direct sunlight is important, so go outside and skip the baby sun protection for about ten minutes each day.

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