In our family it’s either pay for a babysitter or bring the kids along on our outdoor adventures. Honestly, we’d rather have them explore with us than sit at home with a sitter.
With a little bit of planning, snowshoeing with little kiddos can be in a cinch. Here’s a few things we’ve learned along the way.
1. Clothing. We want our kids to have positive experiences and good memories of outdoor adventures, especially in the wintertime. This means dressing them appropriately for the weather. We dress our kids just like we dress ourselves with a baselayer of merino wool (no cotton), a layer of fleece and then an outer shell. Top it off with a warm smartwool socks, boots, a warm hat, mittens, sunglasses (sometimes, our kids hate wearing sunglasses) and the kids are ready to brave the cold.
If I’m wearing our baby in the Ergo baby carrier against my baselayer and tucked underneath the ‘Make My Belly Fit‘ then I forgo his outer layer. If our toddler is riding in the Chariot I add a few extra layers or toss a sleeping bag on top to keep him warm.
2. Food. It’s important to bring more snacks and water than you think you’ll need. We like snacks that can easily be eaten while wearing gloves like chewy granola bars and apple slices.
3. Transportation. There are several options to carry kiddos. We like a front baby carrier like the Ergo for our 8 month old if it’s really cold outside and if he’s tired and going to fall asleep. But a backpack carrier is preferred since it’s more comfortable the heavier he gets. I like to use poles if I’m carrying a kid in a backpack carrier but not if I’m carrying a kid in a front carrier.
4. There are also several options to push or pull kiddos. We typically pull our Chariot but have pushed it like a stroller too. Or we pull a cheap orange plastic sled if we aren’t moving far and if looks like our toddler is going to spend more time snowshoeing rather than riding. You can also use a pulk which has the advantage of being closer to the ground and easy to maneuver.
5. Let them try. I’m a big fan of starting kids on cross-country skis and snowshoes early so they learn and because often they want to be doing what Mom and Dad are doing. Here’s a post all about teaching toddlers to snowshoe.
What tips do you have for snowshoeing with babies & toddlers?
Be sure to check out the rest of the posts in our ‘how to snowshoe’ blog series 🙂
- Introduction to Snowshoeing
- History of Snowshoeing
- 5 Reasons to Snowshoe
- How to Choose a Pair of snowshoes
- Where to Buy Snowshoes
- Essential Clothing & Gear for Snowshoeing
- What to Pack for a Day of Snowshoeing
- To Hike or Snowshoe
- How to Plan a Snowshoe Hike
- Etiquette on the Snowshoe Trails
- How to Put on Snowshoes
- How to Snowshoe
- All about Snowshoe Poles
- How Long Should My Snowshoe Poles Be?
- How to Put on Poles