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Babes in the Woods: Hiking, Camping & Boating with Babies and Young Children Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Babes in the Woods is a treasure! Inspiring, practical, wise, and wonderful it includes everything families need to know to open the door to outside adventures. Starting young like this fosters children s healthy development cognitively, emotionally, and physically and creates a lifetime of memories your children and grandchildren will cherish. -- --Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., President and CEO, Children & Nature Network
comprehensive carry-along that has chapters on everything from toileting toddlers to protecting infants from insects to purchasing baby lifejackets. ----Women's Adventure Magazine
full of detailed information to ensure that you have fun and stay safe/healthy on your outdoor adventures with little ones. I enjoyed the author's gentle reminders of how durable kids are and which things parents shouldn't worry too much about. ----Outdoor Baby
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My only two complaints are:
1. the author is very specific to her home region in Alaska. If you are in a location with a very different climate, the points of reference are a bit more limiting.
2. majority of the book does not focus on casual daytrips, so if your looking for step by step suggestions for the less experienced hiker, camper, etc... you would need to start with a book about the basics of camping or hiking first and use this book's tips as a supplimental resource.
Tons of great resources in the appendix - websites for more information, checklists of what to pack, and even a food checklist.
Loved this quote from an anonymous Boy Scout:
"What I like about camping is you can get really dirty. Either you're all by yourself, so no one else sees you, or everyone you're with is just as dirty as you are, so nobody cares."
I personally know this author and can tell you that she was an inspiration long before she decided to share her passion in this book. Jen was hitting the trails of Southcentral Alaska with her young kids (even after twins) more often than most of our active friends who were "not so encumbered" and started teaching others how to do it in classes that were in always well attended. Now you don't need to live in Anchorage to benefit from her experience and desire to share with others.
Disclaimer: I have a good number of photos published in this book, but they were given freely to the author for use here and I gain nothing by its sale -- I would not have been supportive of the author in this way if I didn't truly believe she had something worthwhile to say on this topic.
The only thing I don't like about this book-the fact that I didn't discover it while I was pregnant!
Written in a way that doesn't insult outdoor veterans but is still simple enough for the outdoor newbie to understand `Babes in the Woods' begins with the most important part of outdoor parenting: dressing your baby or child appropriately for outdoor adventures. Hello layers, bye-bye cotton.
This book also has an excellent section on safety and how to teach children what to do if they become lost in the woods. And a pretty extensive chapter on trip planning and meal preparation.
`Babes in the Woods' is packed with fun tips and good advice. I learned a few super fun drinking games (no, not those types of drinking games) to keep your kiddos hydrated. That you should save a tick whose been mooching off your body in a resealable plastic bag in your freezer. And the best piece of advice...cut a small slit in your polypro base layer to make breastfeeding easier (and warmer). I also learned that I'm not a bad mom because I let my baby crawl around on the forest floor.
Thank you Jennifer for writing an excellent book for those of us who refuse to stay indoors just because we have a baby!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nothing ground breaking but some good advice. If you spent most of your life in the woods you probably wont learn much.Published 4 months ago by Jeremy
Because of this book, we get outside in the snow with a newborn, infant, and baby.Published 5 months ago by Dell Battery
So, I'm writing this review a little prematurely, since I haven't finished the book just yet, but I have to say - I love it! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jessica Abbott
Again, this was a gift for the new baby family. they kept checking it out at the library, now they don't have to.Published 9 months ago by c maxwell
A lot of practical tips and useful suggestions. Well-written and a good length, wish there were a few more photos.Published 18 months ago by matthew malouf
My wife is an avid outdoors person. After finding out we were pregnant, we were worried about hiking and camping with a baby. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by W. Chamberlain
No good. No new information at all. It really just restates the obvious again and again-bring a carrier, bring snacks and water, and get your baby outside.Published on September 25, 2013 by Melissa Oberg
Nice compact guide. Addresses issues that I did not think of. We are looking forward to using it this summer.Published on June 3, 2013 by M chapman
It had a lot of good info on it and was even better that writer is from Alaska. I also thought it has good hummer in it on things people don't like to talk about.Published on November 9, 2012 by cindy