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Bushwalking with Children.
Bushwalking with Children.

Bushwalking with children

Thursday, September 13, 2001
Just because the baby has arrived - doesn't mean you have to stop outdoor adventure. Here's the scoop.

We have received an e-mail from Brenda and Jono Walker, who have always been keen adventure travellers. Now that their baby has arrived, they are a little concerned that they will have to limit their holiday options from now on. Well, they need not throw away their trekking boots, as children are more adaptable than we give them credit for.

A portable backpack that holds your child and your gear is a good thing to have. Check out the range at a camping or outdoor store.

It's advisable to start out with short hikes, and as soon as you and your child feel confident about that, graduate to longer day walks and even overnight camping trips. It is such a buzz experiencing the beauty and simplicity of nature through their eyes and you won't regret it for a moment.

If you are going bushwalking, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen, water and snacks for everyone. Don't forget spare nappies, wipe cloths and plastic bags to carry out any rubbish.

Involve your children in everything and talk about what you see along the way. It doesn't matter how young they are — point out the different trees and seed-pods. Draw their attention to bird calls and encourage them to smell and touch the bush around them.

Each step along the trail affords your baby dozens of new and wondrous experiences that will be captivating for both of you.

Allow yourself twice as much time as you normally would, so you are not too rushed to stop and rest.

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