When you have a baby and love hiking, it’s but natural to feel cooped up in the house all the time. Have you considered exploring the great outdoors with your baby? This could be a great stress-buster for new parents and you should know the benefits of mountain climbing for babies.
Once a toddler is able to walk, they will want to see how far they can push themselves. They will find it thrilling to just be able to balance on anything. By the time the toddler turns 18 months, he/she would be a proper mountaineer, trying to get atop chairs. Take your little Mover and Shaker’s attempts to creep, crawl and climb to the next level.
Mountain climbing or hiking can certainly be done when your child is an infant. It involves a lot of factors like your own conditioning during the pregnancy phase, the baby’s temperament, the season of the baby’s birth, to name a few.
Children these days are being too focused on smart phones, tablets and video games; these usually start at a very early stage, shockingly even whilst they’re still babies or toddlers. This could be detrimental to their physical health. As a result, many parents are looking out for ways to get their children out of their homes and involved in physical activities.
The first step, however, is to find a suitable trail with the baby.
Here’s a list of the top 5 benefits of mountain climbing for babies or toddlers:
Promotes balance and coordination
Apart from the mountain of reasons why mountain climbing is good for the toddlers; the one to top the charts would definitely be the fact that this activity actually promotes balance and co-ordination. This is also reported to show that they start to develop fine motor skills.
Some climbers have even reported that this activity has strengthened their toddlers, in a way that their stamina has gotten stronger and they are able to resist a lot of sickness. This in turn means that such kids seldom get sick and no hospitalizations! Another great benefit that could only be observed when they grow up is their body tones up. You’d be able to see a leg full of muscles even while they’re kids. They develop physical strength and become more confident and physical health prepares them for all of life’s challenges.
This is a perfect activity for them to learn at a very early stage to overcome their fears of heights and the outdoors. This enables them to explore their abilities in a safe environment as they are protected by their parents. They get to learn that it can be fun to challenge themselves.
Turn them into nature-lovers
If the baby is at an age of learning through sights and sounds, introduce them to the trees, flowers and birds. This could be a great start to turn them into nature-lovers. The earlier you get them introduced to the wilderness, the more likely it is that they would grow up loving nature. Another offshoot benefit is that through this activity, they might be able to develop other outdoor interests.
Learn while you hike
To make the climb enjoyable for your little one, make sure to add fun activities along the way. This ensures that they are kept entertained and do not get bored. You could include some singing, playing games and telling stories that would keep them interested and make the experience enjoyable for everyone.
The right attitude is the key to climbing with babies. This activity is a great balm for the soul. A great trip could be a short one, to begin with, investigating the flora and fauna. Overachieving may lead to tiredness for you and the baby, probably the biggest adversary on the climb.
When you’re out there, talk and encourage your little climber with abundant praise and make sure to enjoy the fresh air and the amazing bonding experience you’re having with your little one.