How the Introvert Can Build a Real Community with Hike it Baby

When Social Anxiety Hits Everyone begins walking down the trail. Parents are asking each other questions and swapping stories. You […]

What to do if You’re Aging Out of Hike It Baby

Our kids grow up, and it happens fast. Faster, in fact, than we as parents can anticipate, and certainly faster […]

Hiking Challenges to Motivate You and Your Family in 2020

Looking for hiking challenges to motivate you to get outside all year round? We’ve compiled a list of awesome, family-friendly […]

Outdoor Family Instagram Accounts We Love to Follow Right Now

Inspiration for the Outdoor Family There is a wide range of amazing outdoor families on Instagram that will make you […]

How Hike it Baby is Starting a Movement for New Parents – As Featured in the Washington Post

Parenthood is an Adventure. Bring it Outside. Shanti Hodges, founder of Hike it Baby, just wanted to get outside after […]

Creative Ideas to Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Young Children

What is the Winter Solstice? It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter in many places across the United States. […]

Support a NonProfit That Creates Community and Connection this #GivingTuesday

A Letter from Hike it Baby Founder, Shanti Hodges I’ll never forget how I felt in October 2013, pulling into […]

The Six Ways You Can Support Hike it Baby This GivingTuesday

We are so excited for Giving Tuesday this year. It’s hard to believe it’s just around the corner! Donate Now! […]

The Top Five Experience Gifts for the Outdoor Family

The Benefits of Experience Does this sound familiar? You gift your child a toy for a holiday or their birthday. […]

Scientific Proof That Will Motivate You to #OptOutside With Your Family

Doctor’s Orders, #OptOutside on Black Friday Ask any Hike it Baby family and they will share the positive impact outdoor […]

The Ultimate 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families

Hike it Baby Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Shopping for those outdoor lovers on your list can be hard. Which brand […]

National Take a Hike Day – Insider Advice to Get Your Family on Trail Successfully with Hike it Baby

Celebrating National Take a Hike Day “Hipsters tend to stick to hiking backcountry rivers. They’re less mainstream.” We at Hike […]

5 Insider Tips to Booking a Stress Free Family Camping Trip

Plan Ahead, They Said. We’ve all been there. After a seemingly endless winter springtime arrives, the weather warms up and […]

Test Your Courage on These Spooky Trails

From haunted houses to haunted objects, there is no shortage of scary things you can explore, especially at this time […]

Thanks for Making the Hike it Baby 30 September 2019 Challenge a Success

Thank You to Our Challenge Sponsors! We just wrapped up another successful Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the last […]

Six Benefits of Renting Camping Gear for Your Next Family Camping Trip

Take the Guesswork Out of Packing for Your Camping Trip Summer may be coming to an end, but your camping […]

Fall Hiking Trails Across North America That Are Perfect for Families

The Fall is for Hiking There is no better time to hike than the fall. The crisp autumn air cuts […]

Inspiring Ways to Celebrate the Fall Equinox with Your Family

What is the Fall Equinox? Also called the Autumnal or September equinox, the fall equinox marks the beginning of fall […]

How We Get More Families On Trail With the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge

The goal: thirty miles in thirty days or thirty minutes outside three times a week. Twice a year, the Hike […]

National Teddy Bear Day

National Teddy Bear Day is September 9 and a great way to celebrate is to host a Teddy Bear hike! […]

How one mom is breaking racial barriers to find her place on trail

When I think of all the things that I am, a writer is not at the top of the list, […]

Nature Babies: Why Having Young Kids in Nature Is So Important for Their Health

Nature Babies: Why Having Young Kids in Nature Is So Important for Their Health By Judy Klein, MD I was […]

An uncle’s quest to foster a love of adventure

My wife and I have never had children. However, I feel blessed to have been able to share so many […]

Together We Hike: Trail Cleanup with Hike it Baby and Deuter

Six years ago this month, Hike it Baby completed its first hike. Since then, the organization has grown tremendously. And […]

Celebrating the changing seasons: the summer solstice

  What is the summer solstice Summer is here! That means long days, short nights and rising temperatures to enjoy. […]

3 Strangers connect through the love of hiking

I have always felt at peace in nature. The quiet serenity, the beautiful sights, the feeling of being at one with […]

Hiking out and back: Finding life after loss

My father always said his favorite color was sky-blue-pink. It’s the color that appears in those perfect sunrises and sunsets, […]

Learning in nature: the benefits of forest school

As I reached the entrance to the group camp site at a local state park, I was greeted by my […]

Celebrate parenthood through books

In May and June, we get a chance to celebrate mothers and fathers. Here are some books you can read […]

April 2019 HiB30 Winners – Mid-level Sponsors and Prize Donors

We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the first one of 2019!  We’d like to […]

Bonding and building confidence one adventure at a time

I’ve always been an adventurer. Before my daughter and before my marriage, there was the mountains. Yosemite was my first […]

Creative ways to cure the nature blues when on bed rest

Hiking is a vital part of my family. When my oldest, Jack, was a baby, we easily went on 2-3 […]

Kids to Parks Day: Ideas for Enjoying the Park

May 18 is national Kids to Parks™ Day. Kids to Parks Day encourages children and families to get out and […]

April 2019 HiB30 Challenge Winners – Gold Sponsors

We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the first one of 2019! We’d like to […]

How nature and joy go hand in hand for one family

“…but I don’t want to color inside the lines!” my 3-year-old self sobbed. My mother gathered me in her arms […]

Saying thanks and goodbye to my outdoor inspiration

“Did you hear that?” There are noises outside the tent, like there are always noises outside the tent. “Thanks to […]

How Hike it Baby provides connection for military families

April is Month of the Military Child and celebrates all the kids growing up in military families. Many military installations […]

How to celebrate National Park Week with kids

Get ready for National Park Week 2019! From April 20-28, celebrate all of America’s treasures that are the national parks. […]

“Take it Outside” with Good Books

If you’re gearing up for April’s Hike it Baby 30 Challenge or taking it up a notch with the unique […]

How to Set SMART Goals to Get your family in Nature

In most places, it’s starting to look like winter is on its way out; and with the Hike it Baby […]

Ethan’s journey: An inspirational story about a boy and his heart

Today is Rare Disease Day, and I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than by inviting […]

4 Tips for Pumping on Trail

I had a really hard time taking care of my needs after the birth of my first child. So, when […]

How my Military Family Found our “Village” Through Hike it Baby

When I met my husband, he was about three years into his career as a U.S. Navy submariner. I grew […]

Hike it Baby Voices: Why I love Hike it Baby

  Recently I was thinking about all of the reasons I have loved Hike it Baby over the years and […]

Self-care is important – make time for it

“Teek Ta, Teek Ta” comes bubbling up from the backseat. “Victoria?” I ask. “Yeah!” says my almost 2-year-old son in […]

3 benefits of hiking for a healthy heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in America and around the world. As a […]

How jumping in puddles can boost the immune system

The idea can conjure up images of dread for some parents. Piles of soaking wet clothes. Boots caked in mud. […]

Join a hike: Find a family, be a community

I am shifting my gaze between [the woman talking] and my little guy as we lumber down the trail, shuffling […]

End the Year With Some Warm Reads

After the stress of the holidays, warming up to a good book can be good for the soul. Check out […]

How to start the new year right with a First Day Hike

Whether your goals for the New Year include getting healthier, losing weight, getting outside more or finding better balance in […]

Adventure Parenting 101: How to introduce your kids to new adventures

Recently I told Mason I wanted to take him on an adventure to backpack. He bounced up and down around […]

November 2018 HiB30 Winners – Silver Sponsors and Prize Donors

We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the final one of 2018!  We’d like to […]

November 2018 HiB30 Challenge Winners – Gold Sponsors

We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the final one of 2018! We’d like to […]

How one mom regained her health one hike at a time

A few years ago, after a bout of influenza, I progressively struggled when riding my spin bike during winter training […]

Hiking Groups and Challenges to Consider in the New Year

Here at Hike it Baby, our main focus is to provide support to get families out in nature, especially families […]

30 Days of Thanks With Hike It Baby – Week 5

November is coming to an end, but not so our thanks for the blessings we enjoy in and from nature. […]

30 Days of Thanks With Hike It Baby – Week 4

This week, families and friends across the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving Day. Also this week, the Hike it Baby […]

30 Days of Thanks with Hike it Baby – Week 3

It’s the middle of November, and leaves are largely on the ground instead of the trees. (Of course, that may […]

One mom’s journey to protect the lands she loves

Now that midterm elections have come and gone, there is one thing we can all agree on regardless what our […]

30 Days of Thanks with Hike it Baby – Week 2

November, a time of change and of giving thanks, continues. Communities traditionally gave thanks for the bounty of nature as […]