My wife and I just found out we will be parents soon! So...what are some of the outdoor essentials we need to have in order to raise a little adventurer?
@REI-EricP Congrats that is so exciting! When I first found out I was going to have a little one I bought all kinds of things that I never used so it is great you are asking first! I would say the best thing to be comfortable in any setting outdoors is a good diaper bag. You need something that can be a sling or a backpack and can also hold a few toy distractions, snacks and water for you and those all essential diapers. It is amazing seeing all of the things in nature again through the eyes of a little one. Enjoy!!
Once your little bundle of joy is able to lift their heads its time to go exploring again! Make sure you bring your favorite pair of trekking poles along, little ones get heavy quickly!
@REI-EricP First off: Congrats! This is wonderful news!
Here are my top five items for outdoor adventure with a little one:
This list could be 100 items long and not get to all the great gear available to help you adventure with your kiddo but it's a good start. I'm so happy for you and can't wait for your parenting adventure to begin!
@REI-EricP I second @REI-JohnJ recommendation for some sort of waterproof bag. You most likely will always have wet kids clothes or diapers to haul around. I would recommend bringing a spare tee shirt with you when you hike too, it saved me more then once when I was thrown up on or peed on by a little one!
Logged-in to ask the same question. My partner and I are expecting at the end of September. Can't wait to take our little one out camping with us when she's old enough!
Has anyone used one of the rocking camp chairs as a rocker for the baby at home?
We have a small house, so having a fold-up piece of furniture would be helpful!
@REI-EricP and @aggieplanner A good kiddie carrier has already been mentioned - absolutely essential, along with a good, stout hiking staff for the person carrying the kid. we came to prefer non-adjustable models for absolute dependability.
Lots of love, patience, and understanding come in handy, as well.
@aggieplanner congratulations on your soon-to-arrive new family member! A few thoughts on using a camp rocker as your primary rocker at home:
Ultimately, this will be a very personal decision - a camp rocker may work for some new parents and not at all for others. Let us know if we can answer any additional questions about specific rockers, or other kiddo-outdoor gear as you get closer to September!
@REI-EricP and @aggieplanner Mom of a now two year old - best tip I can give is to see if you have a hike it baby branch in your area! They know all the good places to get out with your baby and also where to find good used gear locally! Also - if cost is a concern watch the garage sales when they start again. The first time I went to one they had two of the nice backpack carriers in immaculate condition for way cheaper. We're not in a crazy popular hiking city so I'd expect it isn't too much of a fluke that they were there.
Also, look into soft structured carriers. I have a super short torso so a lot of the backpack / hard frame carriers really don't fit me right. I could use my soft structured carrier pretty much from birth (minimum weight was 7 lbs) and still can use it with my 32lb toddler.
Welcome to the adventure that's parenting!