Discovering More Than Meets the Eye in Niue

I had a moment tonight where I realized where I was.

It sounds funny, but it’s easy to take things for granted in our modern era of travel. Had I arrived on a ship I would have been sailing for weeks, even months, to get here. The remoteness surely would have settled in alongside a good dose of cabin fever. Instead I flew with a rambunctious child using my lap as a trampoline. The fact that I was flying over the open ocean didn’t strike me until we were about to land on “The Rock.”

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Review: 7 A.M. ENFANT Blanket 212evolution and Pookie Poncho

When the snow began to fall here in the Canadian Rockies, I immediately started to think about what I could do outdoors with my baby girl. Whatever we did, she’d have to be able to ride on me or in a sled or Chariot. I would also have to able to keep her warm. While I would be working up a sweat walking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, she’d be sitting still and getting cold.

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Review: Boba Air Baby Carrier

I have been a babywearing parent since my daughter was born, and now know for sure that this has been one of the most important factors in helping me get outside and on the move with a baby in tow. For backcountry trips I wanted to try carrying my daughter in a backpack, which would be easier on my shoulders and back. But sometimes the baby just didn’t like being in there, or conditions were too harsh to have her face exposed and forward-facing. With minimal space to spare, I needed a back-up carrier that was lightweight and easy to stash. The Boba Air is made of 100% Nylon and is compact and self-storing, so I thought it would do the trick.

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21 Inspiring and Outdoorsy Parents You Should Meet: Their Blogs, Tips and More

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I say: even better if that village shares your interests and some of your philosophy on child-rearing. Imagine my joy when I discovered a wonderful online community of other outdoorsy parents from throughout North America – from Alaska to Georgia, Alberta, Colorado and beyond. This group has been keen to collaborate on articles, share each other’s new blog posts, and also offer up tips on outdoor parenting. I thought it was high-time to feature a bunch of them!

I asked each one for their favourite posts and their tips for new parents who want to get in the outdoors. I hope you’ll be as inspired as I am by their wise and encouraging words.

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