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Creating a Cragbaby – The Toddler Years

Somehow (overnight it seems) I became the mother of a toddler.  And with that, our crag “issues” have shifted a bit.  No longer am I trying to balance a soft carrier with a baby on the front and a pack full of gear on my back (sigh of relief…).  Instead I’ve got a big boy that’s not quite as big as he thinks he is, who often insists upon hiking in himself, only to discover halfway through that his little legs are, to quote my Maw Maw, “plum wore out.”  He never asks to nurse at the crag anymore, so I don’t have to make sure my climbing tops have easy (and discreet) nursing access, but he feels pretty strongly about drinking like a big boy, which often results in the appearance of rocks, twigs, and other undesirables in an almost full bottle of Gatorade.  Suffice it to say, the challenges of a little guy at the crag have certainly not disappeared – but they have changed.  Last year I did a series of posts which got such a great response it ended up being one of the foundations for this whole website – the Creating a Cragbaby series.  Now that we are in the midst of our third season of craggin’, I thought it might be appropriate to revisit some of those baby-related topics and update them with a big boy twist.  

This time around however, I’d like some of your input!  Here’s a list of older posts on tap for resurrection over the coming weeks.  

6 week old Cragbaby enjoying his first day trip to Pilot Mountain


A big boy at the same crag a couple of years later!

See a gaping toddler issue I’m leaving out?  Please leave a comment on what else you’d like to see! 

Making your Cragbaby a Good Car-Baby – With only one nap per day, it’s not so easy to time car rides with naps anymore…
Camping with Infants Under 1 is Fun – And it’s even more fun with a toddler!
Because a Cragbaby’s Gotta Eat – And the main staple is no longer Mommy’s milk.
Always on “Doo-ty” – Some time in the near future, we’ll have to deal with potty training at the crag…heaven help us all.
Weather or Not? – Keeping your tyke cool, warm, or dry takes twice the effort once sitting around looking cute turns into running circles around mom and dad.
Sleepytime Solutions – There may be less sleep to coordinate, but the logistics can be equally frustrating.

Now it’s your turn – what big boy (or girl) topics am I missing?


8 Responses to “Creating a Cragbaby – The Toddler Years”

  1. Joy

    Maybe a post about ‘first climbing lessons on the rope’, Rob and I have been working with Aidan at the crag and learning a lot about how teach Aidan the first ‘basics’ of climbing…double checking harness, tying knots, unclipping draws on top-rope, etc.

    Rob and I are often amazed at how much Aidan knows without us having to tell him, they truly are sponges!


  2. What about safety issues at the crag. it’s not such a big deal when they aren’t mobile, but once they are its a whole different ballgame. A sub category would be how to make the trip a fun time for a toddler, since right now its really not about climbing for them. 🙂


  3. appropriate footwear for the cragbaby – namely, the approach/hiking shoe! 🙂


    • Merrel and Columbia both make great toddler and kid hiking shoes. I like zappos because they usually have a picture of the sole of the shoe, which of course is the most important part 🙂

  4. Sounds like some great topics coming up. If you ever want some advice on anything, let me know, except naps at the crag. We never could get that one down with the older one. After about 18 months, she just refused. But I have some good tips on potty training stuff. Good times ahead 😉


  5. i am excited to see what you write!! Especially naps and nightime sleeping. Our little guy does both well at home, but is outgrowing our pack n play… I am sure routine routine and routine can help but… and how do your camping guests respond to any middle-of-the-night wakings? also, have you ever camped long enough to need to do diaper laundry? and what if you have two?!


  6. oh and “warm enough… but not too warm” what toddler clothing do you recommend? anything I might already own?


  7. All great suggestions – thanks guys! Glad to see folks are hyped!

    Oh and Aimee – we aren’t quite there yet, but I will definitely hit you up for crag potty training advice! 🙂


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“Not all who wander are lost.” —JRR TOLKIEN