6 Tips for Hiking with Babies
Babierge is all about helping you and your child share memorable experiences that might not normally seem realistic or possible. Like long-distance travel, hiking might seem like a mammoth challenge to any parent. But this is not so! In fact, a short hike can stimulate your baby’s mind and help calm them down allowing for an extra peaceful evening. Plus, what’s a better way for a child to learn about nature than experiencing it first hand? Here are six tips:
1 – Pick super easy trails – Remember, bringing the baby makes a hike exponentially tougher than it might normally be. Pick trails with minimal elevation and sturdy ground to make sure you don’t have to lug your child up and down big mountains.
2 – Pick the right carrier for your child’s age-group
- Use a front carrier for 1 to 5-month-olds
- Once your child can sit up on their own move to a back carrier
- When your child has learned to walk they can last about a mile before they’ll want to return to a back carrier. This is a good reason to keep your hiking distance under two miles.
3 – Start hiking early – You want your child fully rested before a hike. Otherwise a midday nap might sneak up on you and make it a bit harder to complete your trip. Grumpy hikers are no fun.
4 – Pack the necessities – Expect to bring a good amount of gear to ensure your child’s safety including:
- Breast milk for children aged 1 to 24 months
- A bottle of water for each hiker
- Hearty food like granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, and fresh fruit for older children
- Thick blankets to lay down on
- A first aid kit for scrapes or other any accidents
5 – Pick the right outfit – Your child should be dressed in cotton material that covers their whole body. Long pants and a long sleeve shirt offer good protection from the elements while a brimmed hat will help avoid too much exposure to the sun.
6 – Capture your child’s interest before heading out – Before you go on your hike, maybe even the night before, tell your children a story about the wilderness, Johnny Appleseed is always reliable. Read a book about the local wilderness to prime your child for a fun day in the wilderness. Otherwise you might have to deal with one handful of a hiking companion!