One of the best things to happen to me this year is discovering Hike it Baby. An ad popped up in my Facebook news feed and it is one of those things that I didn’t even know I was missing until I experienced it. Hike it Baby (HIB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to getting families together and into nature with their newborns and children. It was founded in 2013 by new mom Shanti who didn’t want to hide inside her house with her newborn, but was weary of going out alone. She asked some of her friends from her local mom group if they wanted to go out for a walk, and so it began. What started with five hikers in one city turned into 115,567 hikers in over 250 cities in 2016.
I barely like to walk to get the mail let alone take a hike. Even though the outdoors was never my thing (unless you count sipping a daiquiri on the beach), I knew I had to give this a shot. With three young boys I needed to learn to love the outdoors. It’s only fair to them that I get them out there and let them explore.
I became hooked at our very first meet up! We went on 3 more hikes that very first week and a dozen more since then. There are numerous different hikes that you can attend, or lead, from a fast paced hike to kid-led wander. Each hike is detailed by the hike leader and they will note things such as ‘baby carry only” or “stroller friendly.” To find a local HIB group simply enter your zip code in the search bar at hikeitbaby.com. Along with the website, you can follow local HIB chapters closest to you on their Facebook group pages. This will help you keep up to date on hikes being offered and meet some people you will be hiking with. You may start off the hike as strangers, but by the end you realize everyone is ready to help each other out. From borrowing carriers to suntan lotion to making sure that nobody gets left behind.
Since starting our hikes, I am more confident with physical activities overall. I’m going to places that I didn’t even know existed in my own area, and I find the spectacular views rewarding. It has been an inspiring way for my family to stay active, develop life skills, respect nature, and form new friendships in a judgement free zone.
Hike It Baby has a great line up of sponsors like our favorite, Oakiwear! It only makes sense that HIB would partner up with other companies who believe in the power of spending time outdoors as a family. Not only am I a #boymom but I’m also outnumbered by my three sons (1, 3 and 5-year-old). Regardless if we are going on a hike, playing in our own back yard or running errands – it’s bound to be an adventure.
The designers at Oakiwear understand the planning and after care of being outside with children. From the amount of extra clothes used in jumping in puddles or streams, to the possibility of knee scrapes along the way. They want to make life with kids easier by providing the best possible gear for our little ones. It is no surprise that the folks at Oakiwear understand what’s important to kids and parents, because it was founded by a mother of twin toddlers. If anyone understands the need for affordable yet well-made gear, it is a parent!
One of their most popular items is their rain/snow boots. We have a few pairs of boots between all of us and nothing comes close to Oakiwear. They are completely lined with neoprene, the tread is thick and durable, and the high cut keeps the weather elements out. My favorite feature is the built in handles which make it a cinch for a child to put on by themselves. When you are trying to get out the door with several little ones anything that they can do themselves is a lifesaver! Oakiwear offers a great variety of colors for the snow/rain boots and super cute patterns for the rain boots. We went the always classic, bright red!
Both Hike It Baby and Oakiwear websites have some informative and relatable blog posts. My personal favorites are how to make vacation fun for children and Learning from a “Hike Fail.”
Do you take your kids hiking?
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Gloria Darmanin is a three time boy mom and completely outnumbered. She works hard to spread awareness for childhood cancer, authentic inclusion for persons with disabilities and gender equality. When she isn’t hiding from the kids she is off planning her annual St. Baldrick’s event and dreaming of ways to make money for charity.
I wish we had these when my kids were young, love the protection…
Those boots look adorable. And so comfy too! Best of both worlds for sure.
I take my dog hiking, but we haven’t been for a while as it’s been too hot. Hopefully as fall progresses we will get out more!
So much easier when it isn’t sticky hot!
I love that it was started by a Mom on a mission. I’ve taken my toddler hiking, but I prefer to go in the Fall & Spring. Still too hot right now.
We just had a nice break in the weather. Super sunny, breezy and high 60s. Perfect fall weather!
We started taking our kids hiking soon after they learned to walk. Of course dad did a lot of carrying.
Those boots are so major for kids! And I never heard of this brand, so its a great new shopping site to check out! Wonder what else will catch my eye there for kids?!
Love those boots! My littles could totally use those here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest). We took a small hike this summer to a waterfall, it was fun, but we all had the wrong shoes for it.
That happened to us once. Had on sneakers and the end of the trail opened to a river. It was a soggy walk back to the car! lol
These are so cool, I haven’t heard of them before! I think i will have to check these out for our little chap who is getting more into nature!
I love to go hiking and those boots look so durable and comfy for the kids!
I live in FL so hiking isn’t possible, though I wish it was. I love being outdoors exploring nature. Luckily my niece and nephew live in GA, so perhaps someday I can take them on a hike.
My son loves to hike but in FL you have to do it in the cooler months. It is to dang hot in the summer time to hike.
Those boots are adorable! Both my kids loved to hike when they were younger. Both are grown ups now and too busy with school and work.
Hiking is awesome, you get to enjoy the great outdoors with its fantastic views and you also get to spend time with the kids or with friends. I think it’s nice that you decided to continue hiking.
What a great brand! We love going on hikes as a family. It hasn’t been quite so often recently because we have a toddler who doesn’t want to be carried. But, when she gets a little bigger we will all be back out at it!
Love the boots!!!! We just started hiking with my daughter this summer!!! So much fun.
These look awesome! I’ve not much of a hiker, but I have spent time outdoors in the mountains and camping quite a bit!
My family and I hike quite often, so thanks for putting this brand on my radar. I’ll have to check them out!
I would love to take my kids hiking. I think this is such a great thing to do as a family — and just being out there and be with nature.
Now that the weather in Georgia *might* be cooling off I plan on taking my boys on more hikes. It’s just too hot during the summer but last Fall we took my oldest and he loved it. Now that he’s old enough to walk and I can carry my youngest on my back I’m excited to get back into it. I need to check out those boots though!