I consider myself to be the people for whom going out of town is not so much entertainment as a vital necessity. After the birth of a child, you don’t run especially with a backpack in the woods and mountains, – I decided and limited myself to one-day forays into nature. Fortunately, the forest is not far and Baikal is some 70 kilometers away.
When my son was several months old, I did not dare to take him on hikes overnight. And, accordingly, she did not go. And in vain. It was necessary not to listen to the grandmothers who are worrying about the child (Oh, he’ll get a cold!), But to take an aunt in his arms, put it in a sling, hang a small backpack on his back, and a bigger backpack for dad and go ahead! And the child would be healthier, and I would not suffer from constant sitting in the city.
Judging by the experience of my acquaintances who are more advanced in this regard, children on foot trips can be taken literally from infancy. There is a fairly large selection of special backpacks for carrying children, you can choose according to your taste and finances.
The smallest can be arranged in a sling. Here the best fit sling-scarf or kengurin. Sling with rings is not very convenient for a hike, with it the load is not evenly distributed, but it puts pressure on one shoulder (we just had one, I don’t know how to go with it for several hours in a row).
From four years old, the baby can easily walk with his feet. The main thing is that the crossings are not long, after one and a half or two kilometers the young tourist will get tired and start to be capricious.
What to take with you?
Of course, it is assumed here that the parents themselves didn’t see a sleeping bag, a backpack, and a tent for the first time in their lives, but they have enough experience behind them and know what it’s impossible to do in the forest. Tourist friends advised me to take a hike with you if you go there with children.
– Medical policy. It is necessary. Anything can happen?
– Insect repellent. But here it is important to know that it is not recommended to use them if the child is not one year old or if he is allergic.
– Pot, best folding. Not all kids can relieve themselves just under the bush.
– Toys. Should a little man do something during the halt. A ball, soap bubbles, some doll or little animal will be useful.
– Waterproof clothing. There is nothing to explain here.
It is desirable that the clothes were bright. One that will be easy to notice if a particularly smart explorer of the outside world wanders into some thicket.
Of course, we must understand that with a very young child you will not be able to fully relax. It will be necessary to constantly look after him so that he does not get lost, fall into the water or off a cliff, do not hurt himself with a saw or ax, do not burn himself with a fire of a fire … If you are ready for this, then everything is fine.
Some of my friends went to the mountains and took with them a five-year-old son. The boy carried all the loads perfectly, moreover, when all the adults were on their last legs, he wrapped circles around them like a small torpedo.
A hike is a new experience and knowledge for a child, it is hardening, it is an experience of overcoming difficulties. And in general – it’s great! So, next year, when the son is four years old, we will definitely go to the forest for a few days.