Hike It Baby is a website complete with Facebook groups by city (250 cities and growing) that gets families out hiking with their little ones, from newborn on up. Joining a group and participating in hikes is free, and if you can find a group near you, you’ll see upcoming hikes on Facebook and join the hike for free. There are Hike It Baby guides, but they’re not specially trained – they’re just volunteers, enthusiastic about hiking.
And let me tell you, I’m excited about hiking, too. Every time I take my little ones (my 3 year old son and my 11 month old daughter) on a hike, I realize how much they truly need regular exposure to an honest to goodness natural environment. I see their little spirits light up, their eyes wide and wondrous, and their minds focused and in the moment when we’re on the trail. Nothing calms my spirited 3 year old like a hike in the woods. And these hikes have to be real hikes, away from city sounds, away from traffic, away from our suburban neighborhood.
What we’re always seeking is the sound of birds and bugs and the smell of the trees. Hike It Baby is all about that, plus it provides a way to get together with other parents for a group hike. That’s important, because let’s say you’re on a hike with your 3 year old, carrying your baby in a front carrier, and a dirty diaper happens? You’re going to need some help. Plus, it’s a great way to meet like minded mom friends and nature loving buddies for your littles.