Now, I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but up here we don’t get to go out in the sun uncovered very often in a year. Between the long Winters and the grey Falls and Springs, it’s hard to get some natural vitamin D. Given our situation, it’s not surprising that parents of a brand new baby are given vitamin D drops to give to their breastfed babies until such a time as they can start drinking cow’s milk.
Now, in my book, there’s nothing like the real thing. As such, I started researching how much sunlight I would need to expose my son to in order to meet his body’s requirements for this important vitamin without needing to give him the prescription drops. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found out.
It seems that he needs a weekly total of 30 minutes of sunlight if he’s just out in a diaper (an average of less than 5 minutes per day) or 2h of sunlight if he is fully dressed without a hat (an average of about 30 minutes per day). Well, that’s easy to do!
Encouraged by this knowledge, we decided to catch some rays yesterday (because it was a gorgeous day even thought it was hot and humid). Besides having some yummy “ice cream” in his diaper on the balcony, my son also got to cool off in a makeshift pool filled with barely lukewarm water.
Needless to say, he was very happy and had an awesome time! (Plus he got all the vitamin D his body needed for the whole week!)