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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594853436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594853432
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Babes in the Woods is a great resource for any parent or early-childhood educator who wants to open the door and explore wild places with kids. It s also perfect for urban and suburban parents: By reading this book, they will see that it really is possible to let their children fully experience nature through the backyard. What a gift for families and for our future! ---- Robin Dublin, Executive Director, Greenbelt Conservancy, Staten Island, NY

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

About the Author

JENNIFER AIST is founder and director of Providence Alaska Medical Center's parenting and childbirth education program, Parenting with Providence. She teaches classes on everything from breastfeeding to backpacking and conducts her signature "Babes in the Woods," "Babes in the Snow," and "Babes on the Water" classes every year. She has also consulted with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game on a preschool outdoor education curriculum. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and four children.

More About the Author

Jennifer Aist has been taking her four children into the backcountry since they were each newborns. She is passionate about exploring, discovering and connecting with nature. As a family, the Aists have logged hundreds of miles on trails, rivers and oceans. Jennifer and her husband both volunteer for Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs. Jennifer works as a Lactation Consultant and the director of parent education at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Children's Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.

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I just bought 4 more copies (great and unique baby gifts).
M. Kepler
What a great gift for new parents, parents with young kids, teachers - anyone wishing to combine kids, fun, and nature!!
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The author is thorough, easy to read, and obviously enthusiastic and knowledgeable about her subject.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Twigg on April 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for parents of young kids who miss the outdoor activity of their "carefree" days before parenthood ... with it as a guide you will learn that you don't need to stop and wait for the kids to get older to resume the camping, backpacking and adventuring trips, and maybe more importantly give your kids the kind of outdoor experiences that can help shape a life.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Honeybelles on March 18, 2011
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I won't repeat all the praises already mentioned however, I do agree this is a great resource for active parents ready to continue their outdoorsy lifestyle with babies, toddlers, and kids in tow. Includes many tips and suggestions, broken down by age of child and activity type.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Berg on May 25, 2010
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I was delighted to find this marvelous book. It is the ultimate "how-to" guide for parents, grandparents, or anyone who wants to enjoy nature with little ones. The book covers everything from what to pack to improvising a bathtub. The author is thorough, easy to read, and obviously enthusiastic and knowledgeable about her subject. "Babes in the Woods" is the perfect guide for new parents as well as those with previous experience who are looking for fresh ideas. I have purchased two copies and given them to friends for their grandbabies. Both grandparents and parents have been very impressed with the book. I plan to purchase several more copies. Aist's book is a unique and useful gift. But don't wait for someone to give it to you as a gift. Buy your own copy. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MarniSoup on August 27, 2010
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After returning home from taking our 6 kids (ages 13 to 4 months) to camp for a week, I walked in the library and saw this just inside the door. I wish I had found this before we went! Lots of good suggestions and advice on everything from basics like clothing, food, bugs, and dirt to transportation, backpacking, and hiking. The last section of the book is on connecting with nature and includes some really great activities. (Does anyone else read suggested activities sometimes and think, "My kids would never want to do that"? These were good ones.)

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."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on May 21, 2012
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A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the book `Babes in the woods, hiking/camping/boating with babies and young children' by Jennifer Aist. While I can be critical of outdoor advice written by well-intentioned but novice outdoor parents, I found that this book is full of no nonsense, been-there-done-that advice coming from an experienced outdoor Mama.

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!
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