The Toddler Hiking Cycle by Chasqui Mom
Toddlers: Some can hike for 300 feet and others can hike five miles! While the distance doesn’t matter, over my four years of hiking with my children who are now toddlers, I have observed that toddlers going through a Hiking Cycle. Once our little babies find the freedom of walking, they too want to enjoy their freedom on the trail. From the “Let’s Go!” stage to the stage parents never want to be in, the “Meltdown” stage, I have listed actions that can be identified in toddlers and parents that can help transition from one stage to another. Identifying theses times and actions can help make hiking enjoyable for the whole family and slowly lengthen the time spent outdoors. Hiking is a great way to strengthen a toddler’s confidence in walking, a great healthy way to burn energy for the whole family and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors!
ABOUT MELISSA: Melissa loves being an outdoor woman in all stages of her life and motherhood brought on a whole new aspect to her outdoor adventures. She is loving every moment of her outdoor family life and blogs about it at Chasqui Mom. Melissa is a wife and stay-at-home-mom to two wonderful toddlers, but you can find her on San Francisco Bay Area trails with her kids than at home. She also works within her Latino community, where she is a youth leader connecting students to the outdoors. From hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing and more, this family of four is always enjoying the outdoors, looking for new adventures.
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