Tips for Teaching a Toddler to Snowshoe

I'm a big fan of teaching toddlers to do things early. Last winter we first strapped cross-country ski's on our son when he was 17 months old. The only reason we didn't start him on snowshoes last year was just because we didn't have any for him to use. This winter our 2 1/2 year old has had a fun time on both his cross-country skis and snowshoes. Here's what we've learned about teaching a toddler to snowshoe. Keep It Simple. If we say "Get ready, we're going snowshoeing" our toddler tends to pout. But, if we say "Let's go for a…

Hiking with Babies & Toddlers: Frequently Asked Questions

I've had so much fun the past several months working on our hiking with babies and toddlers series. The response has been overwhelming! Who would have thought that our most popular post would be how to change a diaper on the trail? In case you've missed it, here are the previous blog posts from this series: How to Hike While Pregnant How to Dress Babies and Toddlers for Hiking How to Choose Equipment to Carry Babies and Toddlers on a Hike How to Pack for a Day Hike with Babies and Toddlers The Trailhead Routine Tips for Breastfeeding on the trails How…

4 Safety Tips For Hiking with Toddlers

We're back with our hiking with babies and toddlers series. Today we answer a question from a reader about how we keep our toddler safe on the trails when he isn't being carried in a backpack carrier. http://youtu.be/n90DalTvdcc Our 4 tips are: 1) Keep your toddler within reaching distance. We like to let our kid wander as far as we feel comfortable. This means on a wide open trail in a place without too many hazards he has more room to roam than on a trail over challenging terrain with more hazards. But, we never let our toddler wander so…

Tips For Hiking with a Baby in a Backpack Carrier

We're back with another episode in our hiking with babies and toddlers video series. Today we share a few tips on hiking with a baby or a toddler in a backpack carrier. You may notice that in this video our carrier tends to push my neck and shoulders too far forward-that's a disadvantage of getting a screaming deal on a used carrier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-pcsK0UPSc&feature=youtu.be What tips do you have for hiking with a baby or toddler in a backpack carrier? And in case you missed it, here are links to our other videos in this series. How to Hike While Pregnant…

How to Pack for a Day Hike with Babies & Toddlers

Two years ago when I was trying to figure out how to hike with a brand new baby I scanned the internet for advice on what to put in my daypack. I read an article written by a woman who packed her breast pump (along with her breastfed baby) up a mountain and realized that I was better off developing my own packing list based off of our route, location, the weather and the needs of our baby. Here's a short video with what was in my pack during a hike on Monday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXLE9awtT70 My packing list has evolved over…

How to choose equipment to carry babies & toddlers on a hike

When it comes to hiking with babies and toddlers one of the most difficult things is trying to figure out how to carry them, especially when you've got 2 kids that need to be carried (but, we'll get into that later). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n3wg1O60FY As part of our hiking with babies and toddlers series, today we're talking about ways to carry kids. A few highlights from the video: Here's what's worked for us, if you've tried something else, agree or disagree let us know. New babies (<1 month old): We hike with new babies in a wrap. It's not the most comfortable…

New Blog Series: Hiking with Babies & Toddlers

We're taking a break today from our backcountry navigation series to announce a new blog series that starts tomorrow! We've been getting a several questions lately about how we manage to hike with a new baby and a toddler. Since we spend a lot of time out on the trails exploring with our little ones we thought we'd throw together a video blog series with a few things that we've learned. We've decided to make this a video series because as busy parents we may not have time to read a long, detailed blog post but we can find 90…