The Best Baby Gear for Outdoor Families
The Best Baby Gear for Outdoor Families
September 16, 2020

The Best Baby Gear for Outdoor Families

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The Best Baby Gear for Outdoor Families

Are you the type of family who likes to take on the great outdoors? Your adventures don’t have to stop just because you have a baby in tow—you’ll just need the right gear to get you there.

From camping trips to beach days and everything in between, these 11 products will make your outdoor adventures a little bit easier.

A Stroller for Any Terrain

You don’t have to be a runner to own a jogging stroller. If you’re a parent who loves to adventure outdoors with your little one along for the ride, a jogger is a great addition to your stroller lineup. This all-terrain model from BOB is one of the best.

This stroller is a beast—in all the right ways. The oversized tires can easily tackle any type of terrain, whether you’re on the gravel path of a hiking trail or walking across the dunes on a sandy beach. There’s a mountain bike-style suspension system that makes for a smooth ride and a 360-degree swivel wheel for easy steering. And there are tons and tons of features like a peek-a-boo window, an XL cargo basket and six storage compartments, reflectors and our favorite, an adjustable nine-position handlebar for parents and caregivers of all different heights.

The Revo Flex is definitely an investment, especially if you’re considering it as a secondary stroller alongside one you already own, but a worthwhile one if you’re a runner or simply looking for a way to get outside more with your family.

A Take-Anywhere Mat

At first glance this mat may not look very outdoors-friendly—but it’s actually one of the best investments you can make if you’re a family who likes to enjoy the outdoors.

Gathre mats are simple, straightforward and super functional. (They’re also beautiful, which doesn’t hurt either.) Made from bonded leather on one side and flocked suede on the other, the mats are super portable, fold down compactly and—most importantly—clean with just a quick wipe, shake or even a hosing off. They make a soft, clean spot to gather for beach days, park days or whatever type of day you have in mind.

All-Weather Protection

You’ll figure out pretty quickly after scrolling through reviews of beach tents and umbrellas that a lot of them don’t work nearly as well as promised. Most are tough to put together, fall apart quickly and don’t offer a ton of shade. The Sport-Brella is (thankfully) different.

This hybrid umbrella + tent provides ample shade from the hot sun whether you’re on the beach, watching a game, camping or doing pretty much anything else outside. There’s a telescoping pole for stability and vents on each side to keep the umbrella in place when it’s windy. It’s not as easy to use as a pop-up tent, but it’s a lot more stable, and setup should only take you a minute or two after a little practice.

A Baby Carrier for Any Climate

Babywearing is a great way to keep your little one close and comfy while you’re taking on the great outdoors. It also cuts down big-time on the amount of gear you’ll be lugging around, which is always appreciated.

The Omni 360 Cool Air carrier from Ergobaby is ideal for any and all outdoor adventures. Made entirely of mesh, it’s lightweight, breathable and will keep you cooler than most standard carriers. There are four carry positions (inward front, forward front, hip and back) and can be used from day one until your little one hits 45 pounds.

When You’re Headed Off the Beaten Path

This is definitely not the little red wagon you remember from your childhood.

The Veer Cruiser takes everything you know about the traditional wagon and turns it on its head, transforming it into a completely original cruiser that can tackle any outdoor adventure. The unique hybrid design pushes, turns and steers just like a stroller but pulls like a wagon. The oversized wheels can tackle sand, snow and gravel, and you can even attach a car seat to it, making it adaptable for infants, toddlers and bigger kids. It folds flat for storage and fits in the trunk of most cars. It’s an investment, but if you’re an outdoorsy family that likes to hit spots a bit off the beaten path, you’ll get a ton of use out of it for years.

A Comfortable Carrier

A hiking baby carrier is a must-have if you’re a family who plans on hitting the trails (or anywhere else a stroller can’t go) with your little one in tow. Deuter’s Kid Comfort carrier is a highly reviewed favorite loved by parents for its overall fit, comfort and storage space.

The pack features a light aluminum frame and lots of spots for custom adjustments including the hip belt, shoulder straps and torso section—which is key if you’re sharing the carrier with wearers of different heights. The biggest rave by far is about the way the carrier distributes weight; the arched design puts most of your child’s weight on your hips, making it easier to comfortably carry them even for long distances.

A Better View

A bike seat is a safe, fun way to take your little one along on all of your biking adventures. This seat from iBert offers a fun twist on the traditional rear-mounted bike seat by giving your child a chance to sit up front for a better view of the scenery.

You’ll be able to use this bike seat once your little one is old enough to sit up by themselves while wearing a helmet. (For most kids, this happens around the one year mark or so.) We like the view the front mount offers, but we also like that it gives the adult rider a better center of gravity and increased mobility when compared to a rear-mounted seat. You’ll also skip the dirt and rocks that can sometimes become an issue if your little one is riding behind you. The seat comes in three fun colors and features a padded steering wheel for your toddler to hold onto while they’re along for the ride.

For Warmth in Any Weather

No one likes to be cold—especially babies and toddlers. Half the battle of enjoying the outdoors with young children is making sure they’re dressed for the weather and are warm and cozy no matter what the temperature is outside.

This bunting from popular outdoor brand Patagonia is the warmest one they make. It’s made from 700-fill-power 100% recycled down that’s sure to keep the cold out no matter the temperature. There are tons of thoughtful features built in, like a three-panel hood, a windproof shell, two full-length zippers with internal wind flaps and fold-over mitt and foot covers. The bunting is also extra long so it will work if your little one is sitting, crawling or standing. Since it’s on the pricier side, we recommend sizing up so you’ll get the longest use out if it.

A Safe, Portable Place to Play

Keeping your baby safe and contained when you’re at home can be a bit of a parenting feat. Add the outdoors to that equation and things get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly.

The GoPod offers a solution for two common challenges when you’re out and about with your little one. It’s a place for them to stand and play, keeping them close to the action but contained in their own safe space. It’s also portable and lightweight, two key features when you’re looking for travel-friendly gear. It weighs about seven pounds and folds up quickly and neatly into a carry bag so you can sling it over your shoulder and take it wherever you need to go.

You can use the GoPod from about four months until your little one starts to walk. (It has four seat height positions so it grows along with your baby.) There are five nylon loops to hold toys in place as well as a drink and snack holder. We love it for things like camping trips, beach days or even watching older siblings’ sports games.

Stylish Sun Protection

Every parent should keep a sun hat in their diaper bag, but especially if you’re a family that spends a lot of time outdoors. This UPF 50+ option from iPlay is lightweight and easily packable and offers great protection from harmful rays.

This hat has all the features you should look for in a baby sun hat: a wide brim, an adjustable tie string with a toggle for a secure fit, and ultraviolet protection. It’s also made from wicking material, making it extra comfortable when it gets warm and helping it dry quickly if the hat gets wet.

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