Welcome to Melissa Edge from adventuretykes.com who has been kind enough to share her story about Adventure Baby. While Melissa has an online store, we invited her here to share her story and a few tips and tricks about getting into the outdoors with a very young child. We hope you enjoy her article.
Enjoy it while you can.
You won’t be doing that much longer. Your life changes after you have kids. Do you remember hearing those lines from family or friends or actually saying them? We heard them constantly about how we wouldn’t be able to camp, hike, backpack or road trip anymore once our little munchkin came along.
I have to say with a smile, we proved them all wrong!
Our son is 17 months old. He went hiking when he was 6 weeks old, went on a 3 week road trip to the Pacific Northwest at 5 months old, camped at the Grand Canyon at 9 months old and has been to 7 National Parks.
He is the Adventure Baby!
We just got back from a 2 week camping trip to Glacier National Park and what fun we had. We hiked 50+ miles, took a boat ride, hiked to the Granite Park Chalet (backcountry chalet) for 2 nights, saw 4 grizzly bears, 1 black bear, many many mountain goats, 2 big horn sheep, ate tons of huckleberry ice cream and the Adventure Baby did all of that with us.
Life definitely does not need to stop and neither do your adventures. You just take a little bit more gear, plan a bit better and slow your pace. It has taken some trial and error on our trips and hours and hours of searching for appropriate gear and clothing for our son to get things right, but we have done it, and we have provided a place to share all this valuable information with you- www.adventuretykes.com
All of our hours of research and accumulated knowledge is found in one place on the web – www.adventuretykes.com. During our searches we couldn’t believe how scattered the information was and lack there of for outdoor activities with infants. There are few companies that make appropriate outdoor clothing for infants and very few articles about hiking, camping or backpacking with a wee one. 17 months later there is more information but you have to dig and search, but no need to anymore. Adventure Tykes is one stop for information and shopping.
The website has been up since March so it is still fairly new and we are constantly adding new information, clothing and gear. We love feedback of any kind and hope that you find the website helpful, motivating and inspiring.
With all that said it is time to get your tykes outdoors no matter what their age. Even if it is just for a scavenger hunt in the backyard, a walk around a local pond or camping in your own backyard.
Start your adventure today!
Thank you Frank and Sue for inviting me as a guest on Our Hiking Blog.
And thanks back at you Melissa!
Ok dear readers, many of you have children.
When did you start taking them hiking or camping?
Have you got any advice for people with young children who want to take them out into the bush?
We took ours when they were babies and they have all grown to love getting out into the bush camping, climbing, hiking, kayaking or (especially) sitting around a fire and having a drink of two ……. (now they are 19, 22 & 25!)