While many of us have outdoor-related goals for the new year, reaching these goals can be a daunting task when faced with the demands of life. Maybe you don’t know how to get started when you have a baby or toddler in tow. Or maybe you are a grandparent, unsure if hiking will be right for you. Here’s the thing: Hiking is an “everybody” sport. The mental and physical benefits of hiking are too numerous to ignore. Therefore, we have compiled this handy list of articles to provide you with the tips and inspiration to hit the trails regardless of your current phase of life.

When you Feel you Aren’t “Fit” Enough

It can be a never-ending cycle. You want to hike, but you don’t feel “fit” enough to hike. Yet you feel you aren’t fit enough because you don’t ever hike. Check out these articles for tips on how to get started regardless of how “fit” you are:

Hiking During Pregnancy

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop hiking, and it certainly shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying nature. Whether you are trying to prevent excessive weight gain or attempting to “hike the baby out” at the end of your pregnancy, here are some tips and inspiring stories from our Hike it Baby community:

pregant mom hiking with a young child

Postpartum Hiking

A woman’s body is an incredible thing, with the ability to grow and nurture another human being while also sustaining her own health. As wonderful as it is, recovering from such a task can be slow and discouraging at times. These articles include tips to help you get back on the trail with your new addition:

Hiking with Babies

Babies can be unpredictable. Leaving the house can seem like a monumental task, let alone attempting to go for a hike. However, there are numerous benefits to getting out into nature for both baby and caregiver. Here are some tips and inspiration for hitting the trail with your baby:

Hiking with Toddlers

Toddlers are a whole different ball game. Between the mood swings and the constant need for snacks, hiking with a toddler can be an interesting experience. Check out these articles to help keep your toddler happy (and save your sanity) on the trail:

group of moms and children on a hike

Hiking with School-Aged Kiddos

Once kiddos reach school-age, finding time to hit the trail can be difficult. Here are some tips and ideas for making trail time a priority even with a hectic school schedule:

Hiking Later in Life

Hiking can benefit people of all ages. Here are some benefits and tips for hiking no matter what age you may be:

Fostering a love of nature and hiking starts at a young age. Learn more about Hike it Baby’s mission and how you can get involved through membership or by making a donation today!


About Hike it Baby

Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to getting families outdoors and on trails across the U.S. and internationally, supporting, educating and inspiring families through their more than 300 communities across North America. Since its grassroots inception in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Hike it Baby is now a growing community of 270,000 families and 500 volunteer branch ambassadors hosting more than 1,600 hikes per month. More information, as well as daily hike schedules, can be found at HikeitBaby.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Photos courtesy of Deanna Curry and Jessica Human.

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