Top tips for hiking with a baby

Monday, November 14, 2016


Both my Fiancé and I love spending time on the trails – walking, hiking or running. I actually love it so much, that I once spent 5 weeks straight trekking in Nepal. When I had Lottie, I worried these sorts of outdoor adventures would die a sudden death. I’ve since realized, we can still incorporate lots of great adventures – including hiking – with our little one in tow.

We are yet to tackle any long day hikes, but we’ve done loads of smaller hikes locally and on our travels. Here are a few tips for tackling shorter hikes with your baby:


PRE PLAN YOUR HIKE

Our preference was to tackle routes we’ve previously hiked before and new were suitable for taking the baby on. If we were in an area we’d previously not walked in before, we’d research the track and make sure it wasn’t too steep or technical.

INVEST IN A GOOD BABY CARRIER 

When Lottie was really little we used the Baby Bjorn, and she cuddled into either one of us. When she was old enough to face forward we purchased the ErgobabyFour-Position Cool Air 360 Carrier. We specifically selected this carrier due to the heat and humidity we face in Queensland. Now that Lottie is nearly 1 year, we are looking at getting an Osprey Poco Child Carrier, so she’s off our bodies completely to avoid over-heating in the summer months.
When Lottie was little (and light!) we always carried her on our front. Now that she’s much heavier it’s more comfortable and safer to carry her on our backs.


TAKE NOTE OF THE WEATHER

We’ve avoided hiking in the rain altogether as we feel it’s too dangerous as unlike adults, babies can’t regulate their body temperature. They can loose body heat rapidly from their hands and feet in cooler conditions. If it’s too hot your baby also has the potential to over-heat, so cool them down with a little water and even take a portable fan. Always cut-short your walk if the conditions don’t feel right.


TAKE FREQUENT STOPS TO CHECK ON YOUR BABY

Stop often and double check your baby is traveling OK. See if they look comfortable in the baby carrier, and check their nappy isn’t wet or soiled.
If it’s a longer hike, make sure you stop every so often and give your little one a break from the carrier – it’ll make it a much more enjoyable time for everyone.


BE SUNSMART

If it’s sunny make sure your baby is wearing a hat and sunscreen. 


A WELL FED BABY IS A HAPPY BABY  

Look to nurse or fed your baby prior to setting off, and if your child is eating solids take some snacks along for the journey to keep them entertained.


INVEST IN A GOOD PAIR OF OFF-ROAD SHOES 
I wear my Salomon Speed Cross 3 when I hike with Lottie, as I feel that much safer knowing they have the ultimate grip in all conditions. I already owned these pre-baby when I did a little trail running, and they've been an excellent investment.


SUGGEST A HIKE FOR YOUR NEXT MOTHER'S GROUP 
Next time you're looking for something to do with your Mother's group (or Daddy's group!) why not suggest a group hike with your little ones. I've met friends with bubs locally for hikes numerous times, and we've even driven as far as Noosa to walk the gorgeous national park there together.
Tackling these sorts of adventures makes your maternity leave really enjoyable and creates an album full of memories to look back on.

Are you Brisbane based, and would like to go on a hike? Contact me, and we'll make it happen.
















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1 comments

  1. Great post Kate! It's been great seeing how much you and Kieron have been doing since Lottie's been born!

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