Once I became pregnant, my question was, “How do I keep doing the things I used to do with a child?” It’s a question many women ask themselves at this stage in their life. There’s a quest to maintain the identity you had prior to becoming a Mother. There’s also a desire to show your child the same things you’ve seen outdoors, from the rush of a waterfall to the vast expanse from the top of a mountain peak. Over the last year and a half, I feel like I’ve managed to maintain who I was prior to motherhood as well as show my son the splendor of the great outdoors. These gear items helped us get outside:
I’ve been able to hit the trail and carry my son, who is now 30 lbs., to mountain peaks with this carrier. I am very grateful his backpack has been invented! It is comfortable for my frame and easily adjustable for anyone else who wants to carry him. The pack mirror allows me to check on him in the midst of hikes, which allows us to hike solo without me having to take off the pack to check on him. I use the Osprey Rain Cover during windy conditions to keep him protected from the elements.
This was the first item Drew and I purchased for our son! We couldn’t imagine life without a trail stroller to go running on the trail or walking the streets with. This trail stroller is the beastliest stroller on the market and it is truly ready to handle anything. The pneumatic knobby wheels and braking system handle rolling up curbs with ease, to crossing over boulders on a trail. The state of the art suspension system has made this our go-to stroller for city or trail from our son’s infancy to now.
When our son was less than 20 lbs., I brought this pack on every hike with us. This allowed me to breastfeed him while hiking. Since he’s over 20 lbs now, I carry him on my back using the Ergo. In addition to hiking, the Ergo Baby Carrier has allowed us to travel throughout airports with ease. He loves being close to us when we are on the go in busy cities. This has been the most versatile and most used piece of gear we have. Check out the detail review of the Ergo here.
I can’t imagine having a child back in the era of film! I am so thankful we have the option to capture moments with our little ones using digital because we can snap away! I’d recommend a GoPro Hero6 because of the size, weight, and ease of use. Your child also isn’t aware that you are taking pictures of him/her, enabling you to be more present in the moment. Using a gimbal with this GoPro makes capturing video footage a snap! This camera can also be clipped to anything and can easily be tucked away in your pocket. If you prefer carrying a camera body and using different lenses, the best camera out there for size and weight is the mirrorless APS-C Sony /a6000/a6300/a6500.
If you’re in the backcountry with your baby, you may not have access to a cell phone signal. If something were to go wrong, heaven forbid, you want to be prepared. I can’t recommend the InReach highly enough. You are able to send text messages to your family members while on your adventure, get weather updates, allow your family members to track your journey, and hit SOS for an emergency response. Drew and I have two InReach devices for coordinating in the backcountry, and feel they are worth their weight in gold.
Get outside with your little one! I hope this post gives you the gear to go adventuring and make the most out of those moments with your child. Happy trails!
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