My husband and I share a love for adventure and the outdoors. Before we had children, much of our free time was spent hiking uncharted alpine territory in the mountains. We weren’t sure how having babies would change that, but we knew we wanted to cultivate a love for the outdoors in our children.
We decided to take our son on his first overnight hiking trip when he was nearly 4 months old. We had our tent, bedding, food, clothing and other camping necessities in packs on our back, and we strapped him into a carrier on the front. In our pre-baby days the hike in was a ‘quick and easy’ 3-hour journey, but with a baby in tow we had to stop for feedings and diaper changes.
I quickly learned that alpine hiking and babies share one thing in common: they both require a lot of planning to ensure you’ll have everything you need for any possible scenario you could run into. Becoming a parent for the first time comes with a come with a steep learning curve and this inaugural trip taught me a few valuable lessons as a new mother.
1. Life as we knew it would never be the same.
2. Never, ever forget the baby wipes when you’re going somewhere that doesn’t have a bathroom or store nearby. (Ugh, mom fail!)
3. Babies don’t like to sacrifice “warmth & comfort” for “making memories”. Babies like to be 100% comfortable 100% of the time, or you will pay the price. It may have been uncharacteristically warm for October in the city, but it wasn’t warm in the alpine. Our drinking water froze overnight and my poor little babe was in cotton clothing. The only way he would stay comforted was by remaining firmly latched to my nipple... all-night-long.
We had to be better prepared and make sure our kids were kept cozy if we wanted them to love the outdoors.
Since then I’ve found Lanacare, a collection of incredibly soft children’s clothing made from organic merino wool. No pesticides or fertilizers are used on the fields where the sheep graze, and no chemicals are used to wash the wool. Organic wool is both antimicrobial and antibacterial, due to the natural lanolin it contains. Merino wool provides natural warmth and moisture absorption with breathability that helps regulate body temperature.
My daughter is currently the same age as my son was when we took him on his first hiking trip. We just had our first snowfall of the winter and I took the kids out for a wagon ride. They were kept as cozy as could be in Lanacare and my son topped off this winter wonderland experience with a hot cacao.
- 1 & 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Add natural sweetener as desired (honey, coconut sugar, stevia to taste)
- Optional add-ins: cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, or natural peppermint extract
Mix ingredients well and heat in a saucepan over the stove.