Hiking with a toddler
I used to do some hiking before I had my son. Now that I have a kid it’s a bit difficult and different hiking with a toddler. I do plan on doing it more often. Once he gets a little bit older to be able to hike hills. Hiking is such a freeing activity and cheap too!
Recently, my son and I took a trip up one of our nearby paths. Figured I would tell you guys about hiking with a toddler! As with everything else when it comes to kids. You need to be prepared and everything will go smoothly (says no mother ever). Ha!
Being prepared is key!
Make sure to also bring your usual change of clothing for kids, diapers, wipes, safety whistles for each child and snacks plenty of water.
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Hats if you like. Light outfit.
Keep it easy and short the first few times.
Kids tend to get bored while doing the same thing for too long. Make sure to make the adventure fun and short for the first few times. They will be sure to want to go back for more! For you momma/ dad, you could bring a stroller or a body carrier. If you’re keeping it short for the few times. Let them get used to it
As your children get older, they will want to take turns leading the pack! Be sure to let everyone have a turn at it. Make sure to get a map of your hiking location. After you get used to hiking with your kids. You can also see if they would like to bring friends along for the adventure.
Plan for frequent stops
Make sure to take several water breaks so that the kids can rest. Have a drink or snack near you if they need it. Remember, they aren’t as physically strong as we are yet. It takes a lot more for the kids to hike then it does for us adults!
First Aid Checklist:
- Children’s Tylenol and Motrin
- Tweezers (can be used to remove splinters or for other tasks)
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- Epipen (if you or your child has allergies)
- Ace Wrap
last but not least you cannot for for about…
- Bug spray!