Ever thought of taking your baby up a mountain? This guest post author did!
Scarfell Pike is England’s highest mountain standing at 3209 ft high (978m), located in the beautiful Lake District National Park.
We decided to take our little boy Fenn who is 9 months old, up his first mountain, at the weekend. This is a summary of the day with some advice about what you should pack if you’re planning to do the same.
Preparation is key for any mountain activities. Plan your route, start and finish times, make sandwiches and pack the rucksack, all the evening before. On the morning have a quick breakfast then get going as early as possible.
What we packed:
4 x Sandwiches, 3 x Nakd bars, large bar of Chocolate, Dried Fruit
Waterproofs (jacket and trousers)
2 x Naty Disposable Nappies, 2 cloth wipes, set of clothes, sippy cup, baby buff
Map & compass
2 person storm shelter
Headtorch, first aid kit
Top Tip – Put everything into colour coded dry bags so you can easily identify what you want and everything is protected from the weather.
We set off at 9am from Seathwaite (parking is free), heading up to Styhead Tarn. The route is quite easy with a good path. I carried the rucksack and Chris carried Fenn on his back in the Ergobaby 360.
Fenn was dressed in a long sleeved vest, a cloth nappy, socks and his fleece lined waterproof which is big enough to cover his hands and feet. I kept poking my fingers down his neck and up his trousers to see that his temperature was ok. He has a baby buff which we put on and off as needed. That worked better than the hood on his suit which kept dropping over his eyes, making him mad!
The ergo is really comfy to wear, it also has a hood which can be pulled over to protect your baby from the weather, or to support their head when sleeping.
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