Hike it Baby is More Than Hiking

When I first dreamed up the idea of Hike it Baby I never imagined what it would become for so […]

Father Finds Inspiration and Fun With Hike it Baby

Hiking is in my son’s blood and in mine. When he was inconsolable as a newborn, taking him outside was […]

Pregnant Moms Take the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge

We’re kicking off the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge, September 2016! And to get you inspired, we have stories from […]

Hiking as Self Care

It was 81 degrees and 60% humidity and only 8 a.m. The day wasn’t going to get any more pleasant. […]

Find Your Park in August: A Birthday Wish

On August 25, 1916, a bill, known glamorously as the Organic Act, was signed into law creating the National Park […]

Hike it Baby 30 Inspiration

It’s time to get ready for our next Hike it Baby 30 Challenge! This September, join us in the challenge to […]

Story of a Stay-at-home-Dad

When I decided to leave my job as a mental health professional to become a full time dad, I was […]

How a Movement Can Help Teach My Son About Life, Love, and the Outdoors

Jenifer Lacey is a Branch Ambassador for Hike it Baby Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Recently, she met Shanti Hodges, the […]

Changing My Pace

I haven’t been able to hike much during this pregnancy. My body doesn’t do pregnant well.  Nothing severe, but lots […]

The Olympics of Parenting

We are all preparing to tune into the 2016 Rio Olympics in support of our favorite Olympic athletes from around […]

Preserving The Love

I was naive to the burden of responsibility that would take up residence on my shoulders when I came home […]

Find Your Park in July: Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Every national park – big or small, obscure or well known, nature mecca or historic monument – is worth visiting […]

The Importance of a [Mommy] Community

A “mommy” community can mean the difference between sanity, and…not. Truly. And it matters on a high level for overall […]

Appreciating the Solo, Adults-Only Hikes

I love hiking with Sky and having her explore the trails with me. That being said, sometimes all I want […]

Hiking Helps Heal – Relearning to Walk After a Stroke

Experiencing the joy of witnessing your child’s first steps is a milestone most parents never forget. For Amanda Johnston, she […]

Learning From a “Hike Fail”

Bethany Johnsen is a Hike it Baby Branch Ambassador in Littleton, Colo. She shared a message that she had posted […]

Pregnancy is Not Always a Walk in the Park

It’s hard to remember what the excitement of going on an adventure feels like, since the closest I’ve gotten to […]

Find Your Park in June: A Summer Roundup

So many parks, so little time! With the arrival of warmer weather in most places, this is the prime time […]

Celebrating Fathers and the Men Who Inspire Families to Get Outdoors – HiB Dad, Nolan Hout

Hike it Baby is proud to celebrate all of the fathers and men who help to inspire families in our […]

Finding Your Footing After a Fall

It’s the scenario everyone hiking with infants dreads ever happening to them: falling and injuring yourself on the trail. Overcoming […]

Find Your Park in May – Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is one of those places I find very difficult to describe in words.   You can talk about […]

Go With the Flow When a Toddler Won’t Move

The scenery in front of us was postcard spectacular. The trail we were on was one that people travel from […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Hike in the Rain and Snow

Hiking with kids is super fun. You get to see them push themselves up the hills, and get to laugh […]

HiB30 Challenge Inspiring Stories

Hike it Baby is many things to many people. It helps us get out the door on drizzly days; it […]

One Mama, Two Kids: How to Hike When You Are Outnumbered

I started the Metro Detroit branch of Hike it Baby in November – a lovely time in Michigan with grey […]

Motherhood – Hike it Baby Style

Did you know what motherhood meant before you became a mother? I can’t be the only one who had absolutely […]

Day 18: Knowing When Too Much is Too Much

Our adventures came to a screeching halt the other night when we found ourselves in the Emergency Room at 8:30 at […]

Find Your Park in April – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains Superintendent Cassius Cash has a great idea for celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday this year […]

Step by Step: A Foundation for the Future

“Lukey’s climbing this big rock! Look! Lukey’s climbing!” We are less than a half mile into our hike and Luke […]

What Does Being an Adventure Parent Mean?

I believe being an Adventure Parent means listening to your heart rather than everyone’s doubts. Yes we should be safe, […]

Time Outdoors Ignites a Baby’s Senses

Nature has so many therapeutic benefits for babies because it offers so many sensations all at once. Facing your baby […]

Day 11: The Snowy Road Less Traveled

But this day was different. Mason was not crying as we pulled into the snowy parking lot. “Make a snowman? Carrot […]

Driving into the Second Week: Finding Home on the Road

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey. – Babs Hoffman Yesterday we had one of […]

Back On the Trail with A Little Help from Hike it Baby

Backpacks, water bottles, and snacks? Check. Extra diapers, extra wipes, and a change of clothes for both boys? Check. Carrier, […]

Week 1 on the Road with a Toddler: Am I Crazy?

Last night I felt like a terrible mom. At 10:00PM Mason was still awake and he was crying. It’s not […]

10 Ways to Have an Impact on and off Trail

Earth Day. There are so many reasons why from the fact that it makes me personally stop and think about […]

A Word About Getting on Trail With Us

Have you been hesitant to get on trail with Hike it Baby? Maybe you’ve been lurking in the Facebook group […]

Why I play in the rain..

Years ago, I was heading into a store with a friend while it was raining and started to run into […]

Military Families Find Support with HiB

c When you become a military family there is change. Whether the change is packing up your life and moving to […]

Find Your Park in March: Big Bend National Park, Texas

I didn’t find Big Bend National Park – it found me. Just when another northern Rockies winter was beginning to […]

My HiB Story: Nikki Merwin’s Heartwarming Spirit

Like many families in the Pacific Northwest, Hike it Baby Tacoma branch lead Nikki Merwin’s family was enthusiastic about camping, […]

Hike it Baby and the Military

I’ve never been what I consider a typical military wife, I have been quite proud of that in the past. While […]

Spring Themed Hike Ideas

Does it feel like spring where you live? Some places are still in the depths of winter while others haven’t […]

When Nature Calls in Nature – Part 2

Alright, my dear readers… Are you ready for some more stories of humiliation and hilarity?  If this is your first […]

When a Nap on the Trail Becomes a Magical Hike for Mom

Over the past few months, I’ve been on my share of hikes where Sky has just cried and nursed the […]

6 Reasons Evening Hikes Are Good For Little Night Owls & Parents Alike

Hiking after the sun has set can be a rewarding experience for kids and parents. We’ve hiked as a family […]

Find Your Park in February: Everglades National Park, Florida

I consider myself a mountain western girl at heart, but there usually comes a time in the middle of every […]

Hiking With Your “Indoorsy” Partner

Christmas came a couple weeks early for me this year, when my husband offhandedly suggested that we should hike on […]

How Hiking Got Me Back on the Right Path Postpartum

It was June 2015 when I first held my daughter in my arms. We named her Tinsley (Tinnie) Ember–it was […]

Hike it Baby for the Whole Family – One Dad’s Perspective

I’m a new father (my little girl is about 1.5 years old now) and I’ve always been a healthy/active/outdoors-loving kind […]

You Are Not Alone When You Are With Hike it Baby

Lydia tells us how Hike it Baby has impacted her life. How has this community helped you? Haven’t joined us […]

How a Welcome Circle Can Change Your Life

Hike it Baby events are always started with a Welcome Circle. We introduce ourselves by telling the group our name, […]

You Know Best – Handling Parental Judgement on the Trail

It’s really interesting to be in the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge Facebook group in January. You see people ice […]

Lessons From the Trail To Use in Every Day Life

How do you incorporate the lessons you learn from hiking with your family to the time spent off of the […]

We Give You Permission to Ignore the “Judgers”

I can’t tell you how nervous I was when I first had Mason that people were judging me for taking […]

Making the Trail our Own

My boots are sinking into the snow. The wind is curling around my face and I allow myself thirty seconds […]

You matter!

Today we are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When I think about impactful leaders like him I am reminded […]

Toddlers and the Trail

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote is questionably credited to Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I’m […]

Find Your Park in 2016 – January

We are excited to have Alana Dimmick, a Branch Lead for Hike it Baby Eatonville, write a series on U.S. […]

Hiking With a Toddler: The Unshowered Mommy Version

(Me) “We’re going for a hike!  Let’s get your shoes on!” (Sam) “No!” (Struggle begins, as I try to fit […]