Are you a first-time parent, or are you just looking to hone your skills for the next little one to come? In both cases, raising a healthy child may seem like rocket science these days, and rightfully so. It seems like everywhere we go, there’s a baby fidgeting with a smart device that’s nearly their size.

Upbringing is a primary factor when it comes to physical and mental wellness throughout life, as researched by psychologist Erik Erikson. For many years, kids look to their parents to learn reasoning, which leaves the parents with all of the decision-making for a while. And if an adult’s behavior is faulty, this can badly influence their young.

Listed below are some helpful actions you can incorporate in your child’s daily life to promote a thriving childhood.

Physical exercise
Keeping an infant active means caring for their health without leaving the fun behind. Instead of letting them interact with virtual games and places, why not take them to the park or playground for enriching experiences? Going for daily walks and even playing tag outside can promote wellbeing in the long run.

It takes as little as 30 minutes of sunlight a day to give them a boost in vitamin D levels. A little goes a long way, so a bit of daily exercise should be enough to improve blood circulation, immunity, and sleep. For babies, even a tickle monster session can be an exciting exercise. Really, anything that keeps them happy and moving.

Try to make exercise a family habit. Adults are their kids’ role models, so help them grow accustomed to an active lifestyle.

Aromatherapy consists of using essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils are generally safe and have varied uses when it comes to a baby’s wellbeing. They can be applied to treat diaper rashes and other skin conditions when diluted in a carrier oil, as they’re not harsh on the skin and don’t cause skin thinning, like it may happen with topical steroids.

These oils can also be diffused around babies, to promote faster healing of colds or seasonal allergies, and also to calm anxiety. You should avoid using them if your baby is less than three months old, since pediatricians don’t recommend their use around newborns.

When used as directed by a health care practitioner, essential oils pose no risk for your baby and can be extremely beneficial. Safe-for-children oils include chamomile, bergamot, lavender, sandalwood, and pure rose oil.

Regular medical visits and exams
Pediatricians are parents’ best friends. It’s common for first-timers to fret over a common fever or a mild cold, especially with newborns and toddlers. Though the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that fevers are generally not a cause for concern and should resolve on their own, periodic appointments are necessary to clear any doubts.

Furthermore, screenings and x-rays can spot the early onset of certain illnesses, as well as prevent them from developing. Though your child might find the procedures scary at times, rest assured the devices used for this purpose (like the Pigg-o-stat) are totally safe and tailored for infants.

Proper nutrition
All children come to this world with an unprepared immune system. We can only do so much about it, but you can start by properly sustaining your little one. After a baby stops breastfeeding, a lot of parents are unsure of how to proceed with the diet. 

Around four to six months, babies can start ingesting baby food, which are usually purees with soft yet solid pieces. However, that doesn’t mean you should always buy ready-to-eat food--there are easy and nourishing recipes available online.

Feeding them nutritious portions at the right time may reduce the risk of allergies, so get a heads up from a pediatrician to start incorporating veggies and fruits to your baby’s diet. Starting early will get their palate used to eating healthy throughout their entire childhood.

Happiness will follow a regimen that’s abundant in health. Parents who care for their children’s wellness and teach them to do the same are bound to enjoy the best and most playful years of their lives.