The first few years of your baby’s life is such an exciting time as you watch them learn and grow, and buggy walks are a great way of getting fresh air for baby whilst parents and carers have an opportunity for some gentle exercise.
‘Buggy Buddies’ is a new free local buggy walking group, organised by NHS Western Isles’ Health Visiting team, which meets weekly during the summer months.
Starting from Monday 5th June, and meeting every Monday at 10.30am from the Stornoway Golf Club car park, ‘Buggy Buddies’ is open to parents and carers of babies and toddlers in buggies, prams or carriers.
Elaine MacMillan, Trainee Health Visitor, said “Buggy Buddies offers local parents and carers the opportunity to join together and take advantage of our (hopefully!) beautiful summer in the lush surroundings of the Castle Grounds.
“New parents can often experience the feeling of social isolation and are overwhelmed by the responsibility and challenge of caring for a new baby. Improving the physical and mental health of mothers and fathers is also more likely to have a positive effect on the health and development of their child.
“It is also believed that the more relaxed parents are, the more relaxed their baby will be. Buggy walks are also a great way for parents to get more active whilst caring for their baby.”
As well as improving parent and carer physical fitness, there are many other benefits for both parents and babies. This includes making new friends with parents of similarly aged children to their own, increasing parent and baby bonding time, enjoying the fresh air and nature and having informal contact with health professionals with the opportunity to seek advice without a formal home visit.
Elaine added, “No pre-booking is required for this free weekly event. We will take registration at the beginning of each walk with safety guidelines being issued. Parents are assured that the walking group will be low-impact exercise and the route will be based within Lews Castle Grounds and pram-friendly. However, we would also like to stress that any women who have recently given birth should allow a sensible period of time for recovery and seek advice from a healthcare professional if at all in doubt before taking up any exercise program.”
Disclaimer: All participants taking part in the ‘Buggy Buddies’ group do so at their own risk and NHS Western Isles shall not be liable for any injury or loss that might occur as a result of their participation.