hiking with pepper

How to be an Outdoorsy Mom with a Baby

To some, this might be the woman who hunts, forages, and grows all her own food. It could be the bad mamba jam who hikes 8-plus miles into the woods, pitches a tent and rocks her babe to sleep under the stars.

And while these insanely impressive women are definitely outdoorsy moms — I don’t believe they’re the only ones.

For me, an outdoorsy mom with a baby is any gal who has young children and loves maintaining an active lifestyle outside. That’s what this post is about.

showering with a baby

I Shower My Baby, Here’s How

Baths are standard protocol in the world of babies. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, as a tiny tot, I was pretty jealous of all those kids who had bath toys and soap chalk.

But as a 6-foot woman, I find them less than enjoyable. Especially because at the end I feel like I need a shower anyway. Perhaps it’s because I was raised a shower baby. My dad would take me “up the water shaft” and my mom taught me to thoroughly rinse the big girl conditioner (once I was using big girl conditioner).

Mikaela and Penellope in a Tutu

Gifts to Make a New Mom Feel Loved

You grow this baby and the entire time people open doors, carry bags, and insist you cut to the front of the bathroom line. Then you pop the sucker out and suddenly everyone’s focused on those 10 tiny toes and perfect little nose.

Your house turns into a minefield of baby play gyms and burp cloths. People roll their eyes when they see you walk in with a loaded car seat. And all the while, you’re just re-hiking your maternity pants.

Practical Baby Necessities

Practical Baby Necessities for Your Fourth Trimester

First, it’s essential to note that EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT. And, every household is different. What worked for us might not work for you or the parents across the street or for me if we have a second kid.

Frankly, some of the things that didn’t make it on my list of practical baby necessities were touted by friends I really trust as absolute ‘must-haves.’ 

Second, deciding what your baby really needs is tough and mentally exhausting. Cut yourself some slack. The onesies and diaper pail you end up getting is not career-ending. If you feed them, change their diaper, and manage to not claw your own eyes out, you’re doing great!