Hiking and Babywearing in Austin – A Journey in Parenting

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by VBEiT (Volunteer Babywearing Educator in Training) Kristen Griggs

Babywearing HikerA couple years ago I started hiking with Hike It Baby and I couldn’t have done it without babywearing.

I want to share a few ways hiking with my baby benefited us.

Carrier Naps
My daughter was happy and often slept in a carrier, but only if I was moving around. Hiking was perfect! My daughter would nap and I got to leave the house and socialize.

I’m not awesome at small talk and I had a hard time turning parent acquaintances into friends. While hiking it’s perfectly acceptable to hike in silence, making lulls in conversation a lot less awkward. Before I knew it though, my fellow hikers became my friends, and now our kids are friends too.

Breastfeeding in Public
I felt uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, and I felt trapped in my home because of it. Breastfeeding in the woods is the perfect place to practice breastfeeding in public in a carrier. Many of the Hike It Baby moms have tips and tricks they shared with me. I soon felt confident in more public spaces, like the playground or parking lot, and before I knew it, I was breastfeeding while grocery shopping and in the airport.

Something about the fresh air, shining sun, moderate exercise, and good company combine to make me a happy person and my baby a happy baby.

BWI with Hike it Baby at Walnut Creek
Babywearing International of Greater Austin is partnering with Hike It Baby Austin to celebrate International Babywearing Week. New to babywearing? Have questions about your carrier? Need a fit check? Get help and then join us on a hike at Walnut Creek Metro Park.

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