Before Lexi was born, our folks told us that after the baby was born, it was important to take her out early morning for some sunshine. To be honest, I wasn’t completely sold to that idea. One thing, I didn’t want to be out myself. I am not a morning person and I don’t think I will be in the near future (hehehe). Secondly, when Lexi was born, she would be awake between 2-5AM. So, we would be sleeping soundly by 530.
However, few weeks later we noticed that Lexi was not exactly brown. She was a bit yellow. We took her to the doctor for a quick check-up and it was confirmed that she was having a mild jaundice.
I attempted a couple of times to bring her out before 7AM after that check up but we kept failing. We would still be asleep in our cozy bed.
Good thing that Lola Marie and Lolo Joe (if we were in Las Pinas) or Papoo Manuel and Mama Rose (if we were in Manila) would take Lexi out in the morning.
After successful sun bathing, Lexi’s skin turned brown. Her color became normal. Besides that, I also noticed that Lexi became more active. From that, I’ve seen the effects on Lexi. Well, even for me. We both got some Vitamin D.
Just a few tips:
- Best time to take baby for sun bathing is between 6AM-8AM. They say avoid sun bathing between 10AM-2PM, it is at this time that the sun is too strong. For the baby or even for you.
- Flip the over for a period of time. So that the front and the back would get equal sunlight.
- Have some fun while you and you’re baby are at it. Tour the street or the neighborhood you are in if you can. Get some fresh air.
- Do some sunbathing at least 10 minutes everyday.
Lastly, getting enough sun is bad but getting too much sun can also be bad. Still consult your pediatrician if you plan to take your baby out for some sun bathing. They might have their own preferences on how to do it.
(Featured Picture: Papoo and Lexi ready for some sunbathing)