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    Tips, experiences and kit recommendations from outdoorsy parents with babies

    Hello everyone.

    As some of you may know, a young pine marten joined our family five weeks ago. In the meantime, the wildfowling season started, the past weeks rain means that I desperately need to go mushroom hunting, and YPM caught his first cold (whoopee). Now realistically, YPM is still too little to be going out into cold, rain-soaked woods, but one of these days, it will be time to take him on adventures. Im likely to face some opposition on this based on justified concerns for YPMs welfare. However since we were babies, Gore-Tex has happened, and it should now be perfectly possible to carry a baby through some pretty unpleasant weather with minimal discomfort. Im sure that on the SD, there will be many fathers and mothers who have experience of this, and Id appreciate it if you could share your wisdom with regards to clothing, backpacks/baby carriers (The MacPac ones from New Zealand look like a winning option), the age/size at which you started venturing out, duration of said outings, and anything else you think may help.

    Thanks!

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    Helly Hanson & Musto do good wee ones kit for sailing just some colours are a bit bright but very very waterproof & in tiny sizes up as its difficult to get kids sizes in hunting makes that are effective at keeping them warm & dry.
    LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE & PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!

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    Leave YPM at home with Mrs. Pine Marten and focus fully on putting your wee knife & brush to good use.

    Happy hunting!

    Cheers

    Klench
    Ps: I recall the first time Mrs. K and I went mushroom gathering and found a carpet of Boletus chrysenteron: Cooked them and then spent three days wondering when we were going to die!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klenchblaize View Post
    Ps: I recall the first time Mrs. K and I went mushroom gathering and found a carpet of Boletus chrysenteron: Cooked them and then spent three days wondering when we were going to die!
    Why? They're OK! Not the greatest, but fine. Last year was useless though because of the rubbish summer. I found a grand total of about six decent mushrooms, one of which turned out to be the rare and exciting tylopilus felleus or bitter bolete. Not toxic at all, but renders your dinner completely inedible. So I'd really quite like to do better this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    Hello everyone.

    As some of you may know, a young pine marten joined our family five weeks ago.... but one of these days, it will be time to take him on adventures... However since we were babies, Gore-Tex has happened, and it should now be perfectly possible to carry a baby through some pretty unpleasant weather with minimal discomfort.... I’d appreciate it if you could share your wisdom with regards to clothing, backpacks/baby carriers (The MacPac ones from New Zealand look like a winning option), the age/size at which you started venturing out, duration of said outings, and anything else you think may help.

    Thanks!
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    Littlife child backpack with all the trimmings
    LPM can be sleeping while you are hiking.
    well strapped in so he won't slip out when you bend over to pick up the next agaric

    http://www.littlelife.co.uk/products/child-carriers/child-carrier-range/index.html

    Jane Prams:
    I took one up a mountain with a 2yr old in it
    It is the Unimog of the pram world!
    used it as an airport trolley and put close to 200kg in it!
    take it to the pressure washer at the garage and blast off the vomit. bulletproof
    get a full clear rain cover.
    damaged and dented by three kids over 8 years but never missed a beat
    Sold it on for 35% of what it cost new.
    http://www.janepramsonline.co.uk/Jane_Slalom_R.php


    Recaro car seats
    best out there as far as I am concerned. kids sleep through even the roughest off roading!
    all strips and fits in the washer
    same as the pram, kept its value and got back 60 when they went
    http://www.recaro-seats.co.uk/child-...ung-expert.php

    Don't bother with rain suits until YPM can walk
    Trust me when there is a **** explosion up the back of a nappy in the middle of nowhere the last thing you want is an all in one rainsuit !!
    you can get waterproofs with feet in them, or if pram based just cover them with one of the "snugs" that they zip into.











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    Thanks Bewsher, the child carriers look great. It seems that they're good for babies from six months, so that means the YPM isn't going on many adventures that way until February. I'm not suggesting that he should come CWD stalking with me, but that's the sort of horizon I'm looking at. Well that's good to know for starters. I suppose I could take him fishing in the Spring.

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    PM - We take our two wee nippers (3.5yrs and 1yr) with us everywhere especially mushrooming. On the farm doing odds and ends, long walks, fishing, shooting, beating etc etc. We mostly use a rucksack (not sure which type but will pm you some photos I have) and an all in one waterproof thing for the wee man (again I will find out the name of the brand ). It has been great in the snow and the summer, up hills and through woods. I don't know if you are planning on having more YPM's but I do believe "buy once cry once" applies to baby kit.

    In particular I have found the following useful on the rucksack and would recomend you try and have the same -
    1. removable head cover frame with front netting (good for protection from sun, flies, wind, poor backcasting, small branches etc)
    2. foot anchor - a slot you put your boot into when the rucksack is placed on the ground to hold it firm and you are trying to (i) wrestle YPM into or out of said rucksack or (ii) gently ease the sleeping YPM into or out of said rucksack.
    3. removable outer rucksack - good for picknicks, nappies etc. Doesn't have to be removable but ours happens to be and its been v useful.

    One additional thing I have thought a lot about is a story I heard where some parents didn't remove the child from the rucksack for an entire day's walk and the circulation was cut off from the wee thing's legs. Apparantly they now do stirupps on the rucksacks to prevent this but just be aware.

    Sorry to everyone else for making this thread more like a mumsnet forum than stalking but we have had some amazing family time just getting on and out in whatever the weather and would recomend you do the same. If you haven't got one of those wrap around things or baby bjorn's I suggest you do. They allow you to continue flytying, drinking or whatever whilst babysitting and mum's sleeping. Everyone's a winner!

    Our first one was born in December and he was wrapped up on mum's chest, inside her coat and out with us woodcock shooting in January.

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    Agree with Bewsher - our rucksack is a Littlife. The wrap around thing (which is great for YPM's current age) is called a Kari Me and would enable you to get out now. Much of teh waterproof stuff we have is apparently JO JO Mama Baby.

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    Thanks Foss, I will investigate. Your insight on stirrups to avoid cutting off the circulation is exactly the sort of tip that can only be obtained from those who have first hand experience.

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