Since Boo was a tiny baby, I quickly understood the importance of fresh air. The days I took her out in her pram, she slept better at night.
Fast forward to the toddler years and it still stands.
Thankfully we live on a farm now (we didn’t when she was born) so there is fresh air in abundance, if you excuse the occasional ‘farm smell.’
Boo loves the outdoors. I went a bit mad last summer and bought quite a few outdoor toys-a sandpit, a water pool, a mini trampoline and a basket ball hoop.
The trampoline was a great success.
To be honest though, living on the farm has taught me one great lesson, little ones do not need ‘stuff’ to have fun.
Boo enjoys picking blades of grass to feed to the animals. She likes playing with straw and hay and making a bit of a mess with it. She likes jumping in muddy puddles (Peppa Pig style) and going seeing all of the animals. Even on very cold days we go on one of our farm walks.
Somehow we’ve got into a little routine-chickens, rabbits, dogs, horses, sheep. In that order. Sometimes we go back-say if the rabbits need water or the chickens need food.
It is so much easier in the summer.
In the winter it takes 20 minutes to prepare to go out.
My biggest tip here is layering.
Boo usually wears a vest then whatever outfit she has on. If we go outside, she wears another layer-maybe a cardigan or a gilet, her coat. Hat, scarf, gloves and wellies.
I do find wellies quite a cold shoe but with the addition of wellie socks, they become toasty and warm.
At weekend I found a mouse balaclava in the sale at Monsoon. It is a great addition to our winter wardrobe here.
It is very hard to get Boo to go in. I usually have to bribe her with something-shall we go and have a hot chocolate, go and watch Peppa, go and see Minnie (her favourite toy).
In the summer I don’t bother. We have a fenced off area so I know she is relatively safe.
We are very lucky to live where we are and I don’t ever take it for granted.
I hope Boo will grow up with a sense of freedom and to love animals and the outdoors. I also hope she realises how lucky she is.