We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the second one of 2018!  We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Silver Sponsors and Prize Donors for the great prizes they provided for April’s Hike it Baby 30 Challenge (HiB 30). The winning participants were entered into the prize drawings simply by signing up to achieve 30 miles in 30 days OR spend 30 minutes outside 3 times per week with their families.

Hike it Baby hosts the HiB30 Challenge four times per year. Families from all over the globe come together to challenge themselves and encourage each other, forming a supportive and inspiring community. Over the course of April’s challenge, 920 families achieved a grand total of 13,850 miles and 785,00 minutes outside.  That’s amazing!

THANK YOU TO OUR SILVER SPONSORS FOR HELPING MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!

FIFTY/FIFTY BOTTLES

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS 

ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS

This is what our winners had to say about April’s HiB30 Challenge:

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS APRIL?

Nicole Lane: Seeing my 2-year-old’s face light up when my husband came home from work as he told my husband about that day’s adventure while my 1-year-old babbled in the background telling his own story.

Lauren Fortin: Watching my daughter fall in love with nature.

Amanda Stalder: That we were a family of four for this challenge and that my husband was able to actually do most of the hikes with us!

Marci Mason: Hiking through a local farm with all the children screaming, “CHICKENS”!!!

Lauren Illingworth: Being outside and enjoying nature with my toddler and two-month-old baby.

Suzanne Zimmer: We moved during the challenge, from a condo into my mom’s house, while we were house hunting and seeing my kids excited to go play in the yard every morning and spending hours and hours outdoors (I lost track of minutes!) happy and exploring in nature just made the whole month fly by. We did not get many miles and only got onto the trails a few short times, but the backyard time was so important and something I have been wanting since my kids were born.

DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

Nicole Lane: We were sick with a gnarly virus the first two weeks of the month, which is why we didn’t meet our goal of 30 miles. We did, however, have outside time every day. We had “porch parties” on our large back porch. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were eatem outside, followed by playtime.

Lauren Fortin: Definitely. I was super pregnant during the challenge.

Amanda Stalder: Weather was a big challenge this month, but we got out every opportunity that we could.

Marci Mason: My husband was gone on business for half of the month. So planning time for hikes was a bit more difficult, but extremely important.

Lauren Illingworth: Getting out of the house with a 2-year-old and two-month-old wasn’t always easy, but with being organized and taking a little more time to prepare, it is completely possible to accomplish getting outside.

Suzanne Zimmer: We had to move during the challenge and we were house hunting too, so finding opportunities to actually hike was much harder. We did over 80 miles last April; I don’t think we got to 30 this year.

WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHER FAMILIES UNSURE ABOUT GETTING OUTSIDE FOR 30 MINUTES 3 TIMES PER WEEK OR ACHIEVING 30 MILES IN 30 DAYS?

Andrea Stetz: That the 30-minute goal is really so easy to hit. Go out in your backyard, take a walk around the block … the minutes add up quick!!

Nicole Lane: Go for it! The worst that can happen is you go outside a few times, and even then, that’s a few times you and your kids had fun outside!! There’s nothing to lose!

Amanda Stalder: Just get outside. It’s so daunting to think about all that needs to be done or what you need to do to get everyone ready for the hike. But once you’re out there, you’ll be so happy you did it!

Marci Mason: I promise you will feel better afterwards if you make the time! Go play outside; it’s good for the soul.

Lauren Illingworth: Start small and work your way up, even if it’s ten minutes outside in the back yard a day or a quick stop at the park on the way home. You have to start somewhere and I’m sure you, and the kids will feel better if you do.

Suzanne Zimmer: The 30 minutes 3 times per week is worth the time, even if it’s in your backyard! I know that my kids are learning so much about nature, movement and more that I find myself looking for new and fun outdoor activities.

 


Thank you to all who joined us for the HiB30 Challenge this April! Join us next time and be entered to win some great prizes, like the ones from our Prize Donors:  Hevea Planet, HandfulBaby K’Tan, My Freeloader, Terramar, Boodywear, Siama Music, Western Chief, Luv Mother and Stay Wildish.  The next HiB30 Challenge begins on September 1, so mark your calendars!

PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Illingworth

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