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Hiking With a Baby or Toddler: A Complete List of Resources

Hiking with a baby or toddler is an excellent way to spend time together, to enjoy nature and slow down. There are so many benefits of hiking with baby – toddlers will love exploring every rock or bug on short toddler hikes, while babies will be content to see and learn about the world as they are snuggled up to mom or dad.

We really can’t stress enough what an incredible way to experience nature that hiking with a baby can offer. Babies will love all the interesting elements of nature, while toddlers love the extra space to burn off some energy. When you stop on the hiking trail for a snack break, give your baby a chance to crawl around and explore too. They’ll enjoy playing in the grass and feeling new textures.

benefits of hiking with baby

Because our family feels strongly about getting out and enjoying nature (we’ve been hiking with our kids since they were 8 weeks old), we wanted to put together this comprehensive list of tips, advice, baby hiking gear recommendations and hiking trails to help other families have similar experiences.

Not only have we been hiking with our kids since they were babies, we have hiked with them in some of the most incredible places around the world like when we spent a week hiking in Cinque Terre with toddlers, when we took a road trip around Norway finding incredible hikes and most recently, hiking to the Lost City in Colombia.

a good backpack carrier is essential baby hiking gear for travel in Norway with kids

Whether you have been hiking most of your life or are just starting out hiking with your baby or toddler, we are sure you’ll find all the information you need here.

Resources for Hiking with a Baby or Toddler

What if you’ve never hiking with a baby or toddler? What if you haven’t done much hiking before kids?

In all honesty, hiking is just walking just a little more remote. The key is to be prepared and choose the right hiking trail. If you are planning to be outside with your kids for longer periods of time, you’ll need to be prepared for the elements.

hiking with a baby carrier in Kyoto

Hiking with toddlers or babies means you’ll need to be more prepared for not only yourself but with anything your baby or toddler might need throughout the day too.

The right hiking trail will be an appropriate distance and difficulty level for you and your family. It will depend on how much time you have and how comfortable you are carrying your baby or toddler while hiking.

This might sound like a lot, but after a few times hiking with your kids it will be second nature. With a little preparation beforehand and the right baby hiking gear, you’ll be ready to hit those trails.

best baby carrier for hiking

If you are still feeling unsure, look for stroller friendly hikes. This is a great place to start and build your confidence getting out with your baby or toddler.

We also recommend starting small. Take walks around your neighborhood to make sure both you and your baby are comfortable.

For toddler hikes, start small and see how your toddler does. You can build from there once you see how your toddler does on the hiking trails.

If you are looking for recommendations for the best baby friendly hikes or hikes for toddlers, we have a list of some of the best hikes around the world.

hiking with a baby carrier is essential with small children

Hiking Gear Recommendations

When it comes to baby hiking gear, the most important thing you need for hiking with a baby or toddler is a hiking carrier that’s comfortable for both you and your baby or toddler. We’ve used several different carriers while hiking with our babies and toddlers and we give all our recommendations in the posts below.

We also include any other essentials for hiking with a baby or toddler. While you don't need to bring a lot, preparation is key to a great experience.

Where to Hike with a Baby or Toddler

Now that you have all the hiking tips and all the best baby and toddler hiking gear, it’s time to find the best hiking trails. We have a list of some of the best hikes for toddlers and babies. These are hikes recommended by other parents who have already done them, so you know they are good!

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Resources for Hiking with a Baby or Toddler