BWing when hiking had a multitude of advantages for us. We managed
to go places where we would never
get to even with a all-terrain jogging stroller, get out in all sorts
of weather to wind down and get that essential exercise. Furthermore,
and more importantly, with my baby and then toddler being so close
to me, breastfeeding her was easy and possible on the go, and I knew
at all times whether she was snug and weatherproofed and happy.
I want to share with you a few things that I have learnt about BWing
when hiking: this is my experience and might be different for you.
When hiking, as usual, use your common sense when choosing your hiking
route and destination. The following discussion concentrates on BWing,
but there are many other factors apart from BWing that you need to
consider for a successful outing. Do only those things that you are
sure about and comfortable doing with your precious load on board,
and bear this in mind when reading the below tips.
Here are a few pictures (Figures 1-3) of Carole hiking
with Riley in a Mei Tai.
other situations different people find that one-shoulder carriers work
well for them, as you can see in Figure 4, where Carole is hiking with
her baby Riley in a pouch.
though that being close to you gives your baby (and yourself!) additional ‘heating’,
so use your judgement so that s/he does not get too hot.
In Figure 7, I am wearing an oversized waterproof jacket over my
baby in a Mei Tai back carry. Again, this gave good weather protection
for us at that moment.
Of course, BWing ponchos, jackets and dickeys can provide weather
Finally, Figure 8 shows my daughter being worn in a front wrap cross
carry over my cardigan. With it being just a light summer shower, not
windy, and our route allowing, umbrellas worked out fine for weather
protection. However, they are my least favourite option of all for
weather protection: an umbrella would not be feasible on every route
(e.g. consider some woods) and I prefer to have my hands free just
in case and for better balance on some surfaces.
course, despite my describing at length weather protection when hiking,
you do not need it a different sort of protection in better weather
or in sunnier climes. Consider sun protection that you would be happy
with for your child: note the sun protection that Carole and Riley
in Figure 9 are using in Figure 9 .
Hiking with a baby in a carrier can be great, but as with everything,
there may be some learning curve to it – just remember that if
a particular hike does not work out, with the next one you can build
up on the experience (and ultimately, you can always turn around and
go back home!).
BWing has made travelling with a baby and then a toddler easier and
more enjoyable for us and our daughter – hopefully, you will
enjoy the same effect of BWing if you are going on your travels with
your baby or a young child!
Special thanks to Carole McGranahan, who not only kindly shared
her photographs but also proofread
and contributed to the article by sharing her extensive experience hiking
in sunnier climes. Big thank you goes to my husband Ian, for having been the
first reader and proofreader of this article, and for having been a great
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