It's no surprise that having children changes a person. Priorities definitely change, and passions, like hiking and the outdoors, from your pre-baby life can sometimes take a backseat to your new and important parenting role of keeping your precious little person alive and happy.
As a new mom, one of the things that most cleared my head of the utter exhaustion that comes with having a little bundle of joy was getting out on the trail. But, I also wished for a hiking partner for the days that my husband was at work.
Two years later, enter Hike It Baby. I randomly came across Hike It Baby on Facebook and was immediately drawn to its mission. Hike it Baby is a parents group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. Being a member is free, and there are branches in over 200 cities around the country and internationally. I quickly signed on to be a branch lead in NJ with the intention of spreading my love of hiking with other local parents. One week after signing on as a branch lead, my Hike It Baby group (in small town, rural NJ) had over 500 members.
There is such a sense of community in hiking, and they say it takes a village to raise a child ... so, I suppose that Hike it Baby is that village for those who want to raise a child outdoors.
Check out your local Hike It Baby branch and find your outdoor family tribe. You (and your children) will be better for it!