I love getting away from the hustle and bustle of life to enjoy some beautiful scenery and serenity. So this memorial weekend we took our 9 month old on his very first hike. We did the Red Rock Canyon trail in Calabasas. The hike was moderate with some open space, a little shade, cool cave, and a picnic table for lunch. We had a great time enjoying each others company and the beautiful weather. So I thought I would share some must haves for a day hike with a baby and some pictures from our day. The items I recommend are great for a short day hike. If you are planning an all day or over night hike you can look at some of the extra resources I have at the bottom of the page.
DAY HIKE ESSENTIALS
2. Baby Carrier/Day Packs:
- I personally love the Organic Ergo Baby with a Day pack or The Ergo Baby Performance Carrier and Performance Cargo Pouch. They fit babies from newborn up to 45lbs. The day pack is perfect to store the days supplies plus baby essentials. The performance pouch is perfect for a shorter trip and can hold snacks, a couple diapers and couple other small things.
- Another option is an all in one carrier backpack. A friend recommended the Kelty carrier which she loves and is an all in one carrier and back pack and is perfect for older babies and kids up to 40lbs. I would love to try this one out!
- Other Day packs (for supplies, lunch, snacks etc): The Challenger Kipling bag and the Hiker Kipling bag are awesome and known for their durability and cool colors. These would be a great addition if you are have more kids which means more things to take with you. They are great because they are small enough and light enough for a hike.
3. Lifefactory Water Bottle with extra water in car for after.
4. Clothing for baby:
- Brim Hat
- Cotton Pants
- Light weight long Sleeve Shirt or short sleeve with a light sweater.
- Extra Change of clothes (leave in car)
5. Light Blanket: Love Aden & Anais. They can be used as a changing table, play mat, to cover the sun, to cover baby while they naps etc. You get so many uses out of them and are definitely a must have.
6. Plenty of Snacks (fruit, granola, nuts, dried fruit are all great choices)
7. Lunch for a picnic (We did Sandwich for mom & dad, Pouches or homemade for Baby).
10. Disposable Diaper & biodegradable diaper sack. Or cloth diaper with wet bag. For wipes: I use paper towels with water
- I change the baby just before the hike & take one with me.
12. Biodegradable Toilet Paper in case you need it. (You can leave in car or unravel some and bring it with you)
- We didn’t have any with us and we were fine. Just make sure to use the restroom before you leave home.
11. Hand Sanitizer Wipes. I like these Clean Well ones or just bring paper towels with water.
12. Cell phone for map and emergencies. (If your hike location doesn’t get cell reception bring a compass & a whistle in case you get lost.)
- Make sure you all use the restroom before you leave home if they don’t have one on the hike.
- Feed and Change the baby’s diaper just before the hike so you don’t have to stop unnecessarily.
- Go on the hike just after your baby’s first nap to make sure they get at least one good nap in. Or if your baby naps fine on the go you can go after your baby wakes for the day so it’s less warm. Either are fine options.
- If you have a toddler have him wear a whistle around his neck in case he gets lost.
- You can look up hikes reviews and tips on YELP.
You really don’t need that many things for a short day hike. So don’t worry. Have fun and enjoy yourself!
Other Great Articles with lots of info & help:
Babes in the Woods
Book: “Babes in the Woods” by Jennifer Aist.
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All Photos by Josefa and Quinn