If you’ve spent any time looking for more information on hiking with babies and small children, you’ve probably come across an organization called Hike It Baby. Hike It Baby is a non-profit that helps parents and caretakers find like-minded people to do outdoor activities with, along with their children. “Raising a generation to love the outdoors” is one of their mottos and so far, I’ve found the meetups to be friendly and welcoming. I’ve been to a few “coffee strolls”, where we pushed strollers through parks to grab coffee together, a carrier hike where myself and the other moms packed our toddlers and babies out on the trail, and one adults-only outdoor yoga session. Unfortunately, my second pregnancy slowed me way down. I feel like I napped away the entire summer of 2016 (like seriously, I can hardly remember anything about it other than looking at some houses).
So this year, I’m back to participate in the Hike it Baby 30 challenge.
Hike it Baby 30 is a 30-day, membership-based family challenge to encourage families across the globe to get their babies and children outside for 30 miles in 30 days or 30 minutes three times a week.
Other than the challenge of 30 miles, I have a couple of personal goals to meet.
- Take both kids on a long stroller walk at least once a week (but aiming for two, with one being a HiB group hike).
- Go on one hike or stroller walk each weekend
- Learn to nurse while using my Lillebaby carrier
- Write weekly updates for the duration of HiB30 on this blog
I feel these goals will push me to get out and meet more moms in our area, and I’ve been too intimidated to take both the baby and toddler out without Justin. So getting out during the week is dipping my toes in the water.
To help with these goals, we ordered a new BOB Revolution Flex Duallie. When we were initially making a list of “stuff to get for baby two”, I decided against a double jogging stroller due to their width and general hugeness. I figured, “Hey, I can wear the little baby and T can ride in our Chicco stroller!” It did not occur to me that I can’t jog while babywearing and pushing a stroller. Doh. We bought a tandem stroller instead (Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite), which ultimately did not meet our needs and was returned. So while a double wide stroller might not suit a trip to the grocery store or mall, it will serve us much better on long walks in the park and eventually jogging in the neighborhood.
If you’ve come across this post and joining Hike it Baby interests you, you should know that you get a coupon code for a free entry into a HiB30 challenge (normally pay-what-you-can/$10) with a new annual membership. The organization is working to do so much to bring families together, educate parents, and facilitate community action that a $10 annual membership is a great contribution. Plus you get a sticker (which my husband won’t let me put on our SUV so I’m still deciding what to do with it…)!