November 2, 2012
Sledding Season - Tips and Tricks.
Types of Sleds:
Most department stores such as Target or Fred Meyer have a large selection of sleds. I am skipping over the runner sleds, saucers and trick sleds for the older set (maybe I can do a post about them in a few years when my boys age into them).
Check out Craigslist, garage sales and used stores for sleds, especially baby sleds. They get grown out of quickly!
Sled Related Tips and Hacks
1. Always put a blanket on the bottom of a sled to keep the buns a bit warmer. A thin fleece or light wool blanket is great. This is especially important if you are pulling a kiddo on a hike or longer trek. Parents remember to put a blanket on top, but sliding across snow gets cold!
3. Here is an instructable on making any sled into a baby sled. He uses a sled, baby bath tub and luggage strap. It got me thinking about a laundry basket or even car booster seat...
4. An ingenious mother even used a Crazy Creek or sling chair. She fed the side straps through the handles of a sled so her kiddo could sit up and have back support.
5. You can easily pull kids gear by hooking the sleds together. I use the small keychain carabiners on the rope and two back handles.
6. If you are going to be pulling the kids for any length of time, I suggest making the standard issue rope longer. If I am hiking with the sled, I put a double length climbing runner over one shoulder (like a prom queen sash) and then clip the sled's rope to that. I gives me more leg room and I can even ski and not kick them in the face this way.
7. On the trip back up the hill, face the child backwards so his feet stop him at the end of the sled. This prevents the child from sliding to the back of the sled and laying down with his head sliding on the snow (or is this only a problem for my children?).
I am sure that you have some tips and tricks - please post them in the comments so I can learn something new!
Here is a link to a post about some good sledding areas around Anchorage!
**Remember that sledding can be dangerous and many parents are putting helmets on their kiddos!**
Posted by Princessliak at 8:20 PM