It’s Baby Season! Tips to Respect Wildlife.

Spring and early summer in our National Parks means the babies are out, as are the predators. But, it’s one of my favorite times to view wildlife and just be in the Parks in general. There’s a good chance you may still run into snow, but also a great chance you won’t run into quite so many tourists! I call that a win!

Here’s a few tips for great wildlife baby viewing, without causing undue harm on the animals OR yourself/others:

  1. Observe from a distance. The general rule of thumb is 100 yards from bears and wolves and 50 yards from all other wildlife (bison, elk, etc.)It's Baby Season! Tips to Respect Wildlife.
  2. Be aware that, like I mentioned above, when babies are out, so are the predators. Carry bear spray at all times.  See this post for more bear safety tips.It's Baby Season! Tips to Respect Wildlife.
  3. Whatever you do, do NOT interfere with babies or mamas. Last summer there were two different incidents where a well-meaning tourist thought a baby animal looked “cold” and loaded them up in their car (seriously) to bring them to rangers. While this is, of course, super dangerous, it also means almost certain death for the baby animal. Just leave them be!It's Baby Season! Tips to Respect Wildlife.
  4. Be aware of aggressive/protective mamas. Cow elk are particularly dangerous this time of the year as they protect their young. They also tend to “stash” them, so you often don’t really know where the babies are until you’re between the mama and the baby (which is a terrible spot to be!) Be aware of your surroundings.It's Baby Season! Tips to Respect Wildlife.
  5. Please pull over to observe wildlife. Don’t jump out and leave your car in the middle of the road. People, that’s RUDE, not to mention unsafe! Everyone is excited about seeing the wildlife, we just need to help each other stay safe in the meantime!

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This post is sponsored by Dawn and their efforts to save and respect wildlife everywhere. We are proud to represent them as Ambassadors for 2017! 

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Best Sun Hats for Kids


It’s time to be sure your little ones have their head covered and are learning to wear their hats consistently (easier said than done, I know!) We’ve rounded up our favorite sun hats with a little help from some friends too. There are TONS of options out there – we’ve only included the ones we really love and recommend.

I’ll also be updating this post throughout the summer. If there’s a sun hat you LOVE, please comment about it so we can share!

Best Sun Hats for Kids

It’s also an excellent time to get one (or two) during REI’s big sale happening just through this weekend. Columbia is also having a big sale on their site!

Note: Some of these link are affiliates. Thanks so much for clicking through them to purchase. It doesn’t cost you a dime and helps us out just a tiny bit!

  • Sunday Afternoons Play Hat: This is our personal favorite for sun protection and what I recommend first for babies and toddlers/preschoolers especially. It has excellent neck protection, an adjustable sizing band, a breakaway chin strap and it floats. Best part? The back has no brim which allows babies/toddlers to sit comfortably in a stroller or just lay against you. We’ve had ours for years and years and they withstand a ton of abuse. Best Sun Hats for KidsBest Sun Hats for Kids
  • Ambler Faces Hats: I think these are adorable (and so do my kids). There are four different styles to choose from (owl, fox, bear and raccoon) for kids aged 3-6. They also come in toddler sizes for kids aged 1-2 years old, which fit the baby perfectly.Best Sun Hats for KidsBest Sun Hats for Kids
  • Outdoor Research Kids Rambler Sun sombrero: This one was recommended by Susan of Mountain Mom and Tots. She says, “The wide brim keeps sun out, but it’s lightweight and breathable for my kids. The hats pack down flat so I can store them under the bench seat in my car, allowing me to be prepared for adventure no matter the weather. I like that the chin strap cinches and keeps the hat from blowing away in the wind but if it does get blown off, the hats are designed to float.”
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  • Columbia Solar Stream Booney: This one has no chin strap, but the adjustable toggle does a surprisingly good job at keeping it on kids’ heads. Because of that toggle and the flexibility of the hat, it also fits our tiny 3 year old AND the 8 year old (who happens to have a head on the bigger side). No mesh for breathability, but good solar protection (UPF 30), and great coverage! The kind of hat most kids forget they are wearing.Best Sun Hats for KidsBest Sun Hats for Kids
  • Patagonia Baby Sun Bucket Hat: Super soft and crushable, velcro chin strap and adequate coverage. Also reversible for handing down after you’re done with it. Best Sun Hats for KidsBest Sun Hats for Kids
  • Sunday Afternoons Clear Creek Hat: Super packable/crushable, breakaway chin strap, reversible, adjustable sizing with a toggle and moisture-wicking. This is a favorite here too!Best Sun Hats for KidsBest Sun Hats for Kids
  • Columbia Bora Bora Junior Booney II Hat: Like the Solar Stream, the toggle on this one also keeps it on heads in a wide range of sizes. It breathes a little more than the Solar Stream and has an UPF 50 rating. Best Sun Hats for KidsSun Hats for Kids

 

 

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Celebrating Bike Month with a WOOM Giveaway!


We are so excited to partner with WOOM Bikes WOOM Bikes this week as we celebrate the last week of Bike Month. One lucky person will win a WOOM 1 BUNDLE (helmet, bike, bell AND name sticker!) We LOVE getting kids on bikes, and are sure this is going to make one lucky toddler VERY happy!

But, before we get into that, we want to be sure you check out some of the posts we have on our site about helping get kids moving on bikes. Note: We KNOW that for some kids it comes easier than others, so if yours isn’t grasping it right away, don’t worry. Eventually they’ll ride a bike…even if they’re 16…or 30. Right now our job (and yours!) is to give them opportunities and exposure. 

**Note – we’re going to ask you to comment on one of these posts for the giveaway below…..so do it now if you want!**

Want to know more about the WOOM 1 (the bike we are giving away)? Check out the full report here. Basically this is a bike that you can have kids on starting at 18 months and then use until they’re around 3.5 (and then pass it down/on!) Yes, you’re going to spend a little more on it than other balance bikes, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Here’s a few more posts we think are worth reading if you haven’t already:

WOOM Reviews:

 

Giveaway!

Let’s get a kid on a bike!

As usual, please use the widget below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!  Sorry, this giveaway is open to the U.S. only.

WOOM 1 Bundle Giveaway

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Gearing up as a #ForceofNature

Gearing up as a #ForceofNature






This post is sponsored by REI and their #ForceofNature campaign. However, as always, these words are mine and exactly what I would tell my family and friends. In case you missed my previous post, the REI #ForceofNature campaign is in full swing and doing incredible things for women and the outdoors to level the playing field […]

How to say "I Love You" Without Saying a Word

The Unspoken Words of I Love You – A reflection on Motherhood






This post is the first of our grand prize winners of our big “For the Love of Mom” writing contest. Over the next couple weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, we will be sharing our winner’s posts. Please feel free to comment and share them – we can’t wait to see how they resonate with YOU! I […]

For the Love of Mom, Stay Out of My Garden!

For the Love of Mom, Stay Out of My Garden!






This post is the second of our grand prize winners of our big “For the Love of Mom” writing contest. I love this fresh and fun reflection by Rebecca. And note – she is one of our co-teachers for the Outdoor Mom Academy! Just a few more days to sign up!!! Over the next couple weeks […]