According to many people, today’s urban children have a syndrome of severe lack of communication with nature. They do not climb trees, do not build huts, do not play with twigs, leaves and other natural materials, they do not look at ants and earthworms, do not divination on daisies, do not weave wreaths and – as a result – get sick more, fidget more often, sleep worse and know less about the world around them. And if before, to spend time in nature, it was enough to go out in the yard, but today you can let the child “free”, only by going out of town.
Even the cottage is no alternative: don’t walk there – you’ll fall, don’t run there – you’ll step, don’t climb there – you’ll break it. And a child, especially a little one, needs this experience: it needs to play with water and sand, it needs to learn to smell this or that flower, and it needs to understand how the life of ants differs from his life. And most importantly, the child is curious!
BENEFITS OF BABY CAMPING
Ask parents whose children travel all the time what changes they most often observe in their children after a trip. I am sure that most would note the following: the child’s vocabulary has significantly increased, his horizons have grown, he has become calmer, and his sleep and appetite have normalized. In my opinion, this is a strong proof that you should hiking with kids. Another thing is that those who have experience of camping must go, because camping with a child is a great responsibility.
TIPS HOW TO MAKE YOUR KID ENJOY HIKING
During a stay in nature with a baby, every detail of camping life should be thought out as much as possible. First, plan in detail the route of the trip, prepare everything necessary to equip the child, take the necessary medicine and food (milk formula, snacks, water).
It would be nice if you thought beforehand about what to occupy your child with while the meal is being prepared or the camp is being assembled or disassembled. “After all, the boredom – the main friend of trouble”. If the company has a few children, it would be extremely useful to spend every day for them some kind of game, competition, “search for the stuff”. So stock up on the time of the campaign enough number of paper, markers, magnifying glasses, sporting goods, thanks to which you can make not one exiting game.
Children love to listen to stories about the birds and plants that you can so easily see in the woods.
Involve children in serving the “camp” table and washing cups after dinner, for them, it can also be a challenge.
At the same time, think about what to occupy your child during the rainy day: take with you a couple of compact games or board games, a notebook and a pen for drawing.
BABY TOURIST RATION
Today, an infant who is in the camp is no longer as rare as it was, for example, 10 or 15 years ago. First, there are more goods, thanks to which the parents are more confident of being without the benefits of civilization. Secondly, tourism is a “contagious disease”: if it works for them, why can’t it work for us?
As for the child’s eating regimen, only at first glance, the food for the hiking seems quite strange. In general, it is very similar to our average diet, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and small snacks.
Depending on the age of the children, their “tourist diet” is determined.
- For infants – water and mother’s milk or a formula in the bottle, for older children – baby food in jars and different oatmeal.
- Take more snacks for teenagers, because their body is growing, so their appetite cannot be suppressed, but during the trip in the fresh air they will eat, literally, everything that comes to hand. It is better if it will be nuts or dried fruits – they take up little space, and there are a lot of benefits for the growing.
NATURE IS OUR SECOND HOME
So, if you properly organize a trip with children, you will get a lot of positive emotions, charge of energy and happiness, increase your vitality. And above all, let us remember that we are children of nature. When we go to the woods, we can’t mutilate trees, leave rubbish on the ground or throw it into the water. If we do not litter at home, why do we do it in nature? We have to develop respect for nature, to learn to feel it, which will help us avoid many disasters in the future.
As we teach our children how to live and behave with nature, so will be their future life.