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Hiking is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors, but it can be challenging to take small children hiking. Here are some tips for making your hike with small children a success:

  • Choose a short and easy trail. Start with a trail that is short and easy, and gradually increase the distance and difficulty as your child gets older and more experienced.
  • Pack light. You'll be carrying everything for your child, so pack light to make the hike easier. Bring only the essentials, such as water, snacks, sunscreen, and a change of clothes--and of course, a Kindhood should you be expecting rain, or planning to jump in some puddles!.
  • Take breaks often. Kids get tired quickly, so be sure to take breaks often. Let your child play in the dirt, climb on rocks, or just sit and rest.
  • Be patient. Hiking with small children can be slow going, so be patient and don't get frustrated. Enjoy the time together and make it a fun experience for everyone.
  • Make it a game. Turn the hike into a game for your child. See how many rocks they can find, or have them look for animal tracks. This will help keep them entertained and engaged.
  • Be prepared for anything. Bring a first-aid kit in case of any accidents, and be prepared for bad weather.

With a little planning and preparation, you can take small children hiking and have a great time.

Here are some additional tips for taking small children hiking:

  • Start them young. The earlier you start taking your child hiking, the more likely they are to enjoy it as they get older.
  • Make it fun. Hiking should be a fun experience for both you and your child. Choose trails that are interesting and engaging, and make sure to take breaks often.
  • Be positive. If your child is struggling, be positive and encouraging. Let them know that they can do it, and that you're there to help them.
  • Make it a family affair. If you have other children, get them involved in the hiking too. This will make it a more fun and social experience for everyone.

Hiking with small children can be a great way to bond with your family and enjoy the outdoors. By following these tips, you can make your hike a success.

Let us know your tried and true practices when hiking with littles! Thanks for reading, and check back soon for more helpful tips and writings from Kindhood!

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