Babes in the Woods is a great resource for any parent or early-childhood educator who wants to open the door and explore wild places with kids. It s also perfect for urban and suburban parents: By reading this book, they will see that it really is possible to let their children fully experience nature through the backyard. What a gift for families and for our future! —- Robin Dublin, Executive Director, Greenbelt Conservancy, Staten Island, NY
Babes in the Woods is a treasure! Inspiring, practical, wise, and wonderful it includes everything families need to know to open the door to outside adventures. Starting young like this fosters children s healthy development cognitively, emotionally, and physically and creates a lifetime of memories your children and grandchildren will cherish. — –Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., President and CEO, Children & Nature Network
comprehensive carry-along that has chapters on everything from toileting toddlers to protecting infants from insects to purchasing baby lifejackets. —-Women’s Adventure Magazine
full of detailed information to ensure that you have fun and stay safe/healthy on your outdoor adventures with little ones. I enjoyed the author’s gentle reminders of how durable kids are and which things parents shouldn’t worry too much about. —-Outdoor Baby
About the Author
JENNIFER AIST is founder and director of Providence Alaska Medical Center’s parenting and childbirth education program, Parenting with Providence. She teaches classes on everything from breastfeeding to backpacking and conducts her signature “Babes in the Woods,” “Babes in the Snow,” and “Babes on the Water” classes every year. She has also consulted with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game on a preschool outdoor education curriculum. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and four children.
There’s a lot of information out there about introducing school-age kids to the outdoors, but what about babies and toddlers? Author Jennifer Aist bridges that gap and shares her tried and tested advice for active new parents. Babes in the Woods introduces outdoorsy moms and dads to the joy and vigor of taking babies and toddlers into the woods at a very early age. Well-organized chapters offer functional solutions for appropriate gear, clothing, and food, nature games to play, and tips on potty breaks and sleeping outdoors–but most importantly, Aist explores all the reasons why introducing even the youngest of children to wilderness experiences is healthy, rewarding, and fun. Whether planning a short day hike, a car camping trip, a base camp adventure, or a backpacking excursion, Aist covers every season and climate, while confirming that babies are well-suited for the mountains, the water, and the adventures that lie beyond.