As a parent, your child is a reflection of yourself. This is because an infant is born with no knowledge of this world and any of his or her action will be a replica of his or her surroundings. The child feeds from the surroundings and it’s up to you to provide them with an ambiance of virtuous fresh air and beautiful sites that come from hiking.
Hiking helps the parent, as well as the infant, toddler and kids, relax both physically and emotionally. There is no doubt that parenthood, especially for new parents, can be stressful and exhausting, but fresh air inhaled during hiking is perfect to release this pressure.
However, it goes without saying that kids infants and toddlers are a delicate bunch and planning must be done accordingly before embarking on a hiking trip. Safety always comes first, and it’s important to have the tips and tools with you to avoid accidents and incidents.
So let’s look at some of the tips on how to successfully hike with infants, toddlers, and kids.
General Tips For Hiking With Kids Of Any Age
1. Keep those bellies full: Hiking is energy consuming and so regularly feeding your kids is recommended. Also, carry sufficient food amounts to last the whole adventure.
2. Always be on the lookout for weather changes: Always keep an eye open for changes in weather patterns while hiking, and be prepared (packing tools to combat inclement weather) to ensure your kids are protected from any extreme weather condition
3. Research the route: With kids on board, it’s recommended that you first hike familiar routes. This is the route you have been to and can be able to predict both the terrain and direction.
4. Keep your kids hydrated: You MUST keep your kids hydrated by regularly giving them a gulp of water.
Hiking With Infants (0-12 Months)
Well, the younger they are, the extra care you have to take. But don’t be discouraged, nothing looks cuter than a picture of an infant on a hiking trip. Since you’ll have to carry the infant, choosing the best baby carrier is essential to the success of the hiking trip. Pick a baby carrier that is perfect for you. It can either be at the front or back as long as it is comfortable to the baby as well as to you.
Hiking With Toddlers (1-3 Years)
As any parent will tell you, this is the age of curiosity, and it’s best to feed that curiosity with nature. A toddler at this age can make a few steps crawl and say “Mum” or “Dada.” At this age, make sure you dress your toddler to combat the weather of the day and carry backup attire in case of any changes. Make sure to also pack the right shoes and a bag pack to make him/her look and feel like an experienced hiker.
Hiking With Kids (5-12 Years)
Now, these are the smart little fellows. Filled with school knowledge, they will be looking forward to go tell their friends about their hiking adventure. As such, you must ensure they enjoy themselves fully. The best thing about this age group is that things are a little easier. Just explain to them the general rules and pack their bag packs with the right stuff. The key thing is to let them enjoy nature. It doesn’t have to be a long hike- just a short but fun-filled hiking experience.