With your baby in their carrier, you head to the countryside to experience their first steps through a forest together. There are so many good reasons to go hiking with young toddlers and babies. When your baby reaches for a blade of grass during a pitstop, when your toddler runs after a grasshopper and when they learn up close what snails and earthworms are – everyday life stays at home when you spend time together in nature. Hand on heart: Is there anything better than instilling a love of nature in children from their very first weeks?
TRAILS FOR LITTLE ONES
In this Collection, we’ve picked out hiking trails that are perfect for young families and suitable for a few–week–old baby or your energetic toddler. The hiking trails are between 2 and 10 kilometres (1.2 – 6.2 mi) long and are spread across Hessen. Whether your baby is only a few weeks old or already on its own wobbly legs, you’re guaranteed to find the right trip for you here.
We’ve made sure that the hikes are on paths that are suitable for walking with a baby carrier or rucksack. You can also use a pushchair along some trails. You’ll see this information in the Tour title. We’ve also included plenty of places to rest and change diapers and stops at playgrounds, lakes, huts and game reserves. Many of the trails are themed, helping your kids learn about nature, fairytales and animals at fun stations en route.
You can easily reach all of the hikes by car or travel by train or bus to some routes on the outskirts of larger cities. The hikes are either loops or end at a gondola so you can conveniently return home. You can shorten some of the hikes if your legs get tired or the weather turns. Extending the hikes is possible too.
OUR TIPS FOR HIKING WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS
Hiking with babies and toddlers can be challenging, but roaming through nature together with your offspring and spending hours in the fresh air is priceless. To get off on the right foot, check out our six tips for your outdoor adventure with your kids:
1. Don't plan Tours that are too ambitious, but instead venture out slowly as a family and see which trail lengths and types suit you well.
2. If you’re out and about in the summer, start your Tour in the morning so that you’re not hiking in the midday heat.
3. You don’t need to think about any special equipment to feed your baby en route. Breastfeeding is ideal since you don’t need to think about anything else. If you prefer to feed with a bottle, this is easy too when hiking. Take enough clean bottles with you, fill small portion jars with the correct amount of powdered milk and fill two thermos flasks with water, one boiling and the other cold.
Along the way, use a small thermometer (a new, clean medical thermometer is perfect) to find the right mix of cold and hot water. You could practice at home before you set off so that you know it’ll work smoothly on the road. If your little one prefers to eat milk porridge, fill up tins with a portion of porridge powder for each meal and add water during your rest stops. You can bring fruit and plenty of water for snacks too.
4. Depending on the weather and season, make sure the route has suitable picnic huts, mountain pastures or inns. Otherwise, the Tours have everything you need, especially in summer. If you’re travelling with your baby and can’t find a bathroom, you can use any meadow as a changing table, just bring a cosy blanket with you.
5. If you’re deciding between a pram and sling, we recommend slings for most hiking trails. As long as you don’t plan to hike on concrete roads, a sling is more comfortable and can withstand unpaved surfaces. If your baby is six months or older, you can carry them in a back carrier. You can find out whether a trail is suitable for pushchairs directly in the Tour title.
6. For toddlers who can already walk, the Tours shouldn’t be longer than 3 to 5 kilometres (1.8 to 3.1 mi). Little ones take longer and need more stops.
Well prepared, you can fully engage with nature and spend a wonderful time in the countryside with your little ones. We wish you lots of fun and your first unforgettable memories with your children in nature.
The contents of the hiking Collection were provided by komoot.
The forest adventure trail is a destination for the whole family. The big ones are attracted to the climbing forest, the little ones to the mini climbing garden and along the path there are a few stations waiting to bring you and your family closer to the forest.
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The forest and bird nature trail near Frankenau is peppered with interesting facts about our forest and its inhabitants over its almost five kilometers. You can also see some of them, because you can watch fallow deer at the game reserve.
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The barrier-free wild boar route, which is suitable for prams, is a short and exciting excursion for children with 15 stations to local flora and fauna. And who knows - if you go out in the evening, you might even come across bats!
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Children love stories, especially when we read them to them. On the short, less than two-kilometer walk along the story path, they get their money's worth - and the question "How much longer?" stays at home.
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The Nidda reservoir in the Vogelsberg district is a wonderful local recreation destination with many opportunities to spend your free time in a relaxed manner. Those who like fishing, surfing or hiking will get their money's worth here. A lap around the lake is flat and almost five kilometers long…
Swimming in the lake, romping around on playgrounds and enjoying an ice cream in between - sounds like a paradise for small and not so small children. And all this is possible at the beautiful Werratalsee. At just over eight kilometers without any significant meters of altitude, children can live out…
The Ludwigshöhe near Darmstadt is a place of excursions that generations of families have visited before us, as here you can enjoy the best view of Darmstadt far and wide. But that's not all - there are more highlights waiting for you and your family on this almost three and a half kilometer long circular…
A walkable moor, a barefoot path and lots of nature all around - the beautiful spa park in Bad Schwalbach offers a wonderful destination not only for spa guests, but also for families. You and your loved ones will definitely get their money's worth on this four and a half kilometer loop - even without…
The Fasanerie is located north of Wiesbaden and is surrounded by beautiful forest and wide meadows. More than 40 native animal species live there and are just waiting to be discovered by you and your family.
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The Wasserkuppe in the Rhön is a paradise for families. You too will have lots of fun up here - whether it's a ride on the summer toboggan run, watching the take-off and landing of the glider pilots or climbing in the fun park, everyone gets their money's worth here.
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Helma the cow will accompany you on the six-kilometer theme trail near Usseln and will show you a lot about milk that you didn’t know at eight hands-on stations. With an all-terrain pram, even very small milk lovers can join in.
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The wild cat forest experience is perfect for families whose children are already good on foot, because the almost seven kilometers go up and down and not all paths are wide and easy to walk. Then you will find nine exciting stations on the subject of wildcats and forests. If you have to take the pram…
The six kilometer long family trail Point India near Lüderbach is perfect for a day trip with the kids if they are a bit older and good on foot. Many play stations line the path and don't let boredom arise.
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In the Geo-Nature Park Frau-Holle-Land you will find the Frau-Holle-Teich, the alleged entrance to Frau Holle's realm. This is where the fairy tale of Frau Holle is based and therefore not only optically a fairytale place in northern Hesse.
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Between Erbach and Schwickershausen, the six-kilometre-long Erbach nature trail meanders through the idyllic Dombachtal and awaits you and your family with many interesting information boards.
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Children love animals, so a hike through a wildlife enclosure is always a highlight. And unlike a visit to the zoo, at the wildlife enclosure in Büdingen you are out and about in nature and you get even more on offer than just beautiful animals.
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At just under five and a half kilometers, this walk outside the gates of Frankfurt offers you a lot of fun. Be it in the small Kobelt Zoo, the idyllic forest playground or the forest nature trail - boredom is guaranteed not to arise here.
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