Best Hiking Baby Carrier Backpack for Petite Moms

Hiking with a kid carrier can be one of the most enjoyable phases of outdoor time with your child.  Now that my youngest is 6, my family is past this stage.  Although at the time, I occasionally pitied myself for being loaded down likka pack mule... now I truly miss these days. The days of hiking a nice long trail, without needing to turn back after .5 miles for a tired child who can't keep up. The days of knowing you are transferring a love of the outdoors to your child at a precious age.  Even as your baby dozes off for a nap in the fresh air, to the lull of mom's cadence on the trail. There are so many fantastic benefits to hiking with your child in a backpack carrier!  It's truly one of the best pieces of gear we owned for our babies/toddlers. But wait... what if your pack doesn't fit, causing you back pain and greatly hindering your enjoying of the experience?  No bueno. Calling on the [Petite!] Hiking Pros Although I've written about MY experience and tips for … [Read more...]

Hiking With Babies and Toddlers ~ Child Carrier Tips

I've spent many fond hours hiking a trail, with my baby or even toddler children right along with me, in a child carrier on my back. This is an ideal activity for many reasons.  Babies and toddlers generally love being outside, and are so content when they are in motion. Hiking with them in a child carrier allows them to enjoy themselves, while you are also able to have fun and get some exercise in the process. We’ve hiked with a few different child carriers now, with a couple of different kids.  We've tried an inexpensive carrier, and a couple of higher-end styles, so can offer some feedback on each. Here are my child carrier tips and best advice from our experience in hiking with babies and toddlers over miles of terrain and with a variety of gear. (Note:  This is NOT a sponsored review post for a brand... just my authentic hiking mom advice!) When Can My Baby Start Riding in a Child Carrier? For safety reasons, it's always a good idea to check the manufacturers … [Read more...]

Moms Guide to Wearing Baby On a Hike

I am a firm believer in "Baby in a Backpack".  Babies and toddlers are generally very content when they are outside and in motion. Plus it gives mom the opportunity to release a little stress and get some beneficial, and oftentimes much needed, exercise.  Great combination, wouldn't you agree? When I was pregnant with my first child, I was thrilled to find a used child carrier backpack at a second hand store.  To this day, I don't know what brand it was.  But it was, by far, the best spent $30 baby gear purchase I ever made. If you'd like more information on child carriers, check out my post Hiking With Babies and Toddlers - Child Carrier Tips.  But here I'd like to talk about the business of mom hiking alone with a child carrier. Mom Hiking Alone With a Child Carrier - My Best Tips When my daughter was a baby (my first and only child at the time) - I was a stay at home mom, and frequently took her on hikes alone.  There were some challenges to this, for which I'd be happy … [Read more...]