Take baby steps this winter

Walking with your baby as part of a Buggy Walk is a great way to stay active and make new friends with other parents

Walking with others going through the same experiences you are is a win win for new parents this winter.

Not only are you out of the house, keeping active, connecting with nature, and setting healthy habits for your baby, you get a good blether with other mums and dads.

Buggy Walks are free, safe, local, and led by trained Walk Leaders.

These family-focussed Health Walks provide a welcome environment for parents, carers and grandparents who want to get moving and get talking while caring for their babies and any older children.

Last year, an award-winning Buggy Walk project supported by us in Falkirk celebrated its 10th anniversary, reuniting families who walked with the Step Forth network over the years.

The event brought home the true social, metal and physical benefits of walking as part of a friendly, supportive group.

Mum-of-two Theresa Halkett said

Even on the days you were most tired, when perhaps your child had kept you awake, the fresh air does wonders and really does make you feel 100 times better.

Buggy Walks were so good for my wellbeing as a new mum. It was uplifting and I always looked forward to it. I made friends there; we are still friends now as are our children. We continue the tradition of walks and outdoor play. 

Mum Kelly Cameron said: “Buggy Walks paid a vital role in my life physically and mentally by giving me a place where I felt safe to make friends and be myself.

“The other classes I attended with my little one never gave the option to talk to other mums but this did. You walked and chatted then went for coffee but you were still doing exercise. It really made me feel like I achieved something."

For more information about Buggy Walks, walks for mums-to-be and family walks, click here.

* While Scottish Government restrictions remain in place, please check with individual projects to make sure walks are going ahead before attending.