Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador
I am a first time mom to a 9-month-old daughter and snowshoeing has become our weekly activity. People always said, “your life will change” before we had our baby and they were right. Things did change but what they forgot to mention was that our life would change “for the better”. We like to spend time as a family and since our daughter can’t downhill ski or ice climb (yet) snowshoeing has become the PERFECT family activity.
While I am still new to motherhood I do have a few tips for snowshoeing with a baby.
- Start off with short, close to home trips. You have lots of time to work up to longer hikes.
- Invest in a good carrier. This is important. You want to be comfortable while you are snowshoeing and you want your baby to be comfortable as well. A good carrier is worth the extra money and you can easily find a good quality carrier used for half the price.
- The rule of thumb is that you dress your baby in one more layer than you would dress yourself. But you must remember that while you are carrying around an extra 15+ pounds on your back, sweating, your baby is sitting there with little movement. You want to dress them so that they are warm but not overheating.
- Check your baby’s temperature. A good way to know if your baby is too hot or too cold is to feel the back of their neck. Their feet and hands will get the coldest fastest so make sure they are fully covered. We put a pair of down booties on our little one and her snowsuit covers her hands. It helps to keep them warm.
- Pack snacks and water (for yourself). Depending on how long you are planning to snowshoe you may want to pack food for your baby as well. Make sure to have a wipe to wipe food from the face as well as something to dry your baby’s face off afterwards so that she/he doesn’t get cold.
I’m still learning as I go but what I have learned is that taking our daughter on snowshoe adventures has created some of the best memories (and photos of course).