During a chat with other moms, one brought up a great question: how do you travel on foot around the neighborhood all summer long with two kids in tow? She said she loved walking in the warm weather, especially since it’s such a great family fitness activity, but it can be a little hard with tots. We, of course, saw this as a challenge and came up with some great tips for traveling on foot with tots in tow!
Summer is here, which means you’re going to want to get out of the house. Walking around the neighborhood is a great way to do this, but traveling on foot can be a little tricky to do if you have multiple kids. With a little bit of planning and the right equipment, you and your tots can enjoy a pleasant walk around the neighborhood.
Traveling on Foot: Tips for Parents with Kids
Use a Stroller
If you want to get out this summer, then make sure you have a stroller you can use for your kids. If you have a younger and older child, then you might want to invest in a stroller that allows your older child to stand up or sit down. These transformable strollers allows you to use the same stroller as your child continues to grow, which makes traveling on foot easier than ever with all your tots in tow.
Let Your Child Ride a Bike
If you don’t have a stroller large enough for your older child, you might want to let your older child ride a bike. If you decide to do this, start with short walks so that you can test your child’s stamina. If you plan too long of a walk and your child tires out, you might be stuck carrying a kid while trying to pull the bike along.
Related: Family Fitness: Biking Safety Tips
Be Smart & Plan Your Route
If you want to take a longer trip with your children around the neighborhood, be smart and plan your route. If there’s a park in your neighborhood, you can make that your halfway point, giving you and your kids a fun break before heading home. You might also want to make sure that you have a few friendly home’s planned into your route. This is especially convenient if your child needs to use the restroom or if you need a break. You can stop at your neighbor’s house and take care of any needs.
Use a Wagon
Another great way to get around the neighborhood with tots in tow is to invest in a (Affiliate links) wagon that has seating for multi-aged children. Many wagons come equipped with seatbelts so that you can fasten your younger children in without fearing they’ll fall out. You can also make use of any storage space in a wagon and bring a picnic or quick snack on your walk.
Don’t be afraid to get out and travel the neighborhood this summer. Although it can be difficult to do with multiple children, it is possible and everyone will enjoy the fresh air.
What are your tips for traveling the neighborhood on foot with tots in tow?