We went on a family hike today, it was a beautiful fall day. The little guy had a fever this week–we were pretty cooped up and feeling cabin-fever-ish. So when Dad didn’t have to work, we made a great family breakfast, packed up the baby backpack, and headed for the hills.
Thermometer read 36 degrees at the house before we left. My most recent mom learning has been that although I might be really hot when we’re out, Baby-Love isn’t using as much energy / burning as many calories / generating as much heat, so he can get quite chilly, while I’m feeling completely the opposite.
So, I dressed him in about a million layers:
He also had a sunhat (sometimes.)
He was a great temperature, though dressed much warmer than his dad and I.
Orienteering, what does that mean?
Orienteering is using a map and compass to find your way while out in the woods, instead of following a trail.
Hi! I’ve seen picture of your child wearing sunglasses, but when I’m out, I don’t often see other people’s children wearing sunglasses. Are sunglasses import for babies and children? At what age do they need them?
I am not an eye expert, but I definitely believe that if it is sunny enough for me to want to wear my sunglasses, then my child should also wear them. Because we live at altitude and the sun’s effects are stronger since there is less atmosphere, I believe it is especially important for babies’ and children’s eyes to be protected. Additionally, the reflection of the sun’s rays on water and snow can amplify it’s effects.
We started putting sunglasses on our son when he was just a couple of months old – before he had the coordination to take them off. 😉 This helped him adjust to the feeling of wearing them.
We’ve tried several different brands and styles, but have mostly stuck with the style that has a neoprene strap that goes around his head. The strap is soft against his scalp and can fit under or over his hat or helmet, depending on the style.
Although as a toddler wanting to exert his own opinions, my son likes to take them off sometimes or refuses to put them on, more days than not, he wears them and we feel better about him having protection from the sun and wind.
Here are some of the sunglasses we’ve used and liked:
Julbo baby sunglasses
We haven’t used Babiatiors, but have heard great things about them — this company will replace them if they break or get lost within the first year!
A couple of weeks ago, I went on a girl’s weekend to Steamboat Springs. A girl’s weekend, with my little sidekick.
The little man has come along on so many adventures, that my girlfriends weren’t phased to have him along. We’ve taken him on multiple 5+ hour cross-country ski adventures, hikes, camping trips, and runs that we were all excited to just spend time together. I was especially excited that one of the girls was training for a marathon and happy to push the jogger and carry the baby backpack. That was heavenly.
So, after a morning run to stretch our legs and some biking for the little guy, we decided to hike up to the top of the gondola. Two hours later — smack dab in the middle of our normally scheduled nap time — we arrived at our destination. The difference I’m finding between babies and toddlers, is babies (mine, at least) fall asleep anywhere. Toddlers, not so much.
We had a great hike up. It was a few miles, with about 2,000′ elevation gain, and took us about 2 hours. We contemplated turning around, because of the little man but decided to push through. He slept for only 20 – 30 minutes. He had been fussy at the beginning of the trip, probably because he was tired, and woke up thoroughly unimpressed to still be in the backpack, but fortunately we were in sight of the gondola by that point. Getting out to run around, people watch, have a snack (cookies! a rare treat), and the promise of a gondola ride down made his experience much better.
Mama Lessons Learned from this trip:
- Bring a potty, when traveling with a potty-training-toddler. (Whoops! We got lots of practice on the big potty.)
- My toddler doesn’t sleep in the backpack anymore. Even when I bring a pillow.
- At Steamboat you have to pay to ride the gondola up, but not to ride it down!
Saddle, what does that mean?
I mean, I know you know what a saddle is for a horse. And you probably have a good guess what a bike saddle is. But on a map? Out in the mountains? What does a saddle mean then?
A saddle is the low point along a ridge, between two mountain peaks.
Also called a col.