When you do not have children, you continuously conquer mountain after mountain even though the path is rough, slippery, steep, rain, wind, insects, … still does not matter to you.
However, one day, a little angel appears in your family, everything changes
You “crave it”, but you have a child, what should you do? The answer is very simple, take your baby with you. Whether it’s an infant or a toddler, there is a way to give you a “double job”.
How do children of all ages climb?
Each age will have suitable climbing methods. In addition to the knowledge of taking care of children in nature. You also have to prepare very well supporting tools for your child’s trip.
Mountain climbing with infants (0-1 years old)
Mountain climbing with babies may sound impossible. But actually being in nature is a great way for parents to relieve pressure after giving birth.
Should start from a young age to not only help your child adapt to a variety of environments. But also to mentally and physically you get used to climbing mountains with your baby. A 200 meter ride on a flat road beside a small river will be a great start.
Through your trips, keep changing from climbing habits to carrying items. Gradually, you will have successful trips because you have experienced many valuable lessons.
Checklist of items
Having a checklist of items to check and prepare for your trip from the night before the departure date is very helpful: Water, snacks, clothing, diapers, towels, sunscreen, hats, and even toys (flowers or cobblestones can also be used as toys). Remember to pre-watch the amount of milk you usually mix for your baby (if your baby drinks formula) because in nature, there are not enough measuring tools like at home.
Do not forget to pack for yourself
Although it is the most portable item for your baby, do not forget to pack for yourself. Especially water and food for you. A small reminder that you need to find clothes that are easy to breastfeed on the go as most standard climbing clothing will be difficult to do. Try to find out what kind of bra for mom diapers.
As an infant and exclusively breastfed. You won’t have to worry much about your baby eating more or bottle feeding. But diapers need to be changed often (don’t forget to leave used diapers on the way). Find a balanced way to carry more diapers and clothing. But not too much to reduce your backpack weight.
Of course, the most important item is the baby carrier! Until the baby can sit and control the head. You should carry the baby in front. However, that means your baby will also be absorbed by your sweat. So be careful to change clothes when needed. It’s much more comfortable to carry, but also heavier. So, alternately change it first and after to help you get tired.
Mountain climbing with children in golden stage (2-5 years old)
The golden stage of every child (from 2 to 5 years old) is an important stage in forming good personalities and hobbies. At this stage, let your child walk on their own and explore the road in ways that make them most interested and passionate. Gradually forming a child’s passion for nature exploration (a very good hobby).
This is also the time when you can start telling your baby where to go and attracting him or her to prepare for the trip. Believe me, those were great moments.
In the toddler stagewe should tend to start with short distances. But need huge rewards for completing the route to motivate them to keep trying the next time with many challenges harder. More interestingly, on the way, you may meet many strangers. They will encourage you to praise the baby, that adds motivation to the baby a lot.
At this age, it is very important that you know the topography of the road. Depending on the personality of each child, there are especially important things to note and prepare in advance. With hyperactive babies, be more careful because they will run away before we know it. Make sure the path is difficult to cause things like stumbling, slipping, or falling in the river.
Children get bored very quickly
Children get bored very quickly, if suddenly you find that they don’t have much interest and instead moaning “Mom is coming soon” then try to distract them by asking what they have seen or quiz Find something on the way. Usually, within a few seconds. They will completely forget that they are moaning and begin to enjoy what you have just said.
In addition, there should always be plenty of junk food because children love to eat junk food. There are a variety of snacks that are eaten at different times that are helpful. As they get older, let them pack their snacks and let them talk about when they will eat them.
Extra snack tip: Save for a special treat when you get off the bus or in the car. When you reach the top, you will have a tired and excited baby to climb down. But if you have a reward at the end of the ride (or even halfway), it can make a big difference.
Mountain climbing with elementary school children (7-10 years old)
When children get out of their preschool years, their coordination and endurance will improve significantly when they reach primary school. You might consider longer journeys and start considering long trips in the countryside.
Some key notes for kids to have an enjoyable climbing experience: Make sure to wear the right shoes, wear a backpack that fits and the correct weight. As with adults, the choice of suitable footwear, backpack and weight will depend on the child’s current abilities.
Mountain climbing not only helps children improve their health and enjoy the fresh air, but also gives them the opportunity to learn a variety of knowledge from biology to plants, weather, life skills, … things will be of great help in the future. Parents themselves also learn a lot because when children ask questions, they only know how to ask their parents.
Little notes when climbing with children
The backpack is as light as possible
As a parent, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you and your baby need to carry a whole box of toys. In fact, after walking for a long day with a heavy backpack of unnecessary items, it becomes easy to get the idea of wanting to throw them all away.
If it’s not a tool for survival, you should cut down on bringing, on the road ensures more recreational activities than a toy store. You also won’t have time to play as you have to complete the ride while keeping your kids hard on the tail.
Health and endurance
Common problems in children are slow. Sometimes they take up to a minute to take only one step. They zigzag, but out of the way; sometimes they ask to stop, refuse to go, while parents are still in excellent health and stable speed.
You always have to encourage, offer, and even challenge to motivate your baby to continue. At the same time, teach your baby how to move so that it is at least tired and remember to time your baby to rest.
Snacks are the savior
On a tough day, there is nothing better than eating a bar of chocolate or a bag of chips. Children feel the same way. Although they always adhere to the requirement of healthy eating at home, after a long effort you will see their eyes light up when they hear an Oreo stick in their backpack, for example.
Keep it clean
Be careful after “rinsing” in nature, because if you do not clean it thoroughly, your child will more likely to get rashes and sores. Bring enough wet tissues and a small hand sanitizer if you have one.
Take a good nap anywhere
Children have a lot of energy, but after a night of sleep outdoors and a continuously moving morning, their bodies still need rest. They may roll over on a large log or beside a stream and begin to sleep soundly. A little rest will help your baby restore energy and mood very well.
Cherish the journey rather than the destination
When you are aiming for a different world landscape or a beautiful mountain lake, it is easy to foresee what the destination is. But look at the children on the path and you will see that they will almost all find pure joy in the smallest things.
The biggest advice is to just go hiking as long as you find it interesting and helpful for your child. From there, you can take advantage of these moments to enjoy time with your children on beautiful trails.