My friend Jeanine once told me there’s lots of fun time to be had with a baby at an outdoor store like REI: you just set up a sweet pad in the display tent with several of the Thermarest mattresses, chirping bird toys, and bright colored water bottles and have a blast.
The first time I took Holden as a baby he was most interested in chewing the tags off the Nalgene bottles. When I brought him back as a toddler, he hid among the large racks of clothing and totally terrified me. So, it might have something to do with temperament.
Whitney had a much different experience when she brought a mellow toddler, Julian. She told me:
We went to REI today and had a good time.
First, it’s wonderful for tiny toddlers who just want to follow the path around the store endlessly.
Third, putting a kid-sized backpack on your child without him noticing is an entertaining preview of the first day of Kindergarten.
And finally, if you are nearing the one year mark, I suggest purchasing the Nalgene sippy cup (now BPA free!). We are big fans. In this photo, Julian giving his opinion on framed packs to anyone who will listen.