How to take your toddler for a hike

As all parents know, doing anything with a child automatically bumps it up into a new category of difficulty.

Ran out of milk and bread? Good luck buying groceries when all your toddler wants to do is push your cart into other shoppers.

Packing for a trip? Oh, how nice, but your little one is tossing every item of clothing out of the suitcase. You didn’t really need to bring underwear, anyway.

Taking the dog out for a walk? Luckily, I just wrote a column for Metro Parent, Portland’s parenting magazine, with explicit instructions on just how to take your toddler and pooch on a hike. Zip over here to read the step-by-step instructions or pick up a free copy around town. Be sure to comment with your own suggestions on how to take a munchkin out for a walk. I could use the advice!

Peeper refusing to move an inch on the trail.
Peeper refusing to move an inch on the trail.

0 thoughts on “How to take your toddler for a hike

  • January 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm
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    We haven’t gone hiking in a long while. I’ll admit, it seems impossible with two toddlers. We wouldn’t even think of bringing our dogs at this point. Interested to read your tips!

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  • January 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm
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    I remember these days- I always packed them a baggie of snacks and would pull out new “treats” when their energy started to flag. It seemed to keep them moving and engaged.

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    • January 21, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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      That’s a good idea! It works for our dog, so chances are it would for Peeper too. 🙂

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  • January 22, 2015 at 7:20 am
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    this pic is so cute! i’ll have to check out that article!

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  • January 24, 2015 at 8:57 am
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    He looks about backpack size. Make him a (albeit fidgety) backpack while hiking.

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    • January 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm
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      And one that constantly yells “Down! Down!” in your ear. 🙂

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