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Old 03-14-2007, 06:15 AM
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Less than a year for mild wheeling... Camping is somewhat difficult while they're less than two... they get seriously DIRTY crawling around in the dirt, and if you're in developed camp sites, you'll be amazed at the junk (pull-tabs, bottle caps, glass, metal, plastic) they find in the dirt.

At 4 and 6, our oldest two have more wheeling experience than Mom.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:14 AM
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If you count in-belly time, we took Madeline on this past summer's Ghost Town Run when Christa was 5 1/2 months pregnant with her. Needless to say, Christa was often using her legs and arms to handle some of the bouncing and by Sunday afternoon, stated she had put in enough trail time and was ready for pavement.

We "wheeled" with Madeline at 6 weeks old, taking her home from the hospital during one of our great snow storms this year. The streets had tons of accumulated snow and our neighborhood streets were really rough. I refrained from doing any donuts in the parking lots, but we both agreed it was Madeline's first wheeling trip. She slept through it all as Christa supported her head and neck.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:40 AM
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Maddie and Charlie have been wheeling since very young. My wife prefers the family trips such as the Ghost Town runs, so that's where they usually get their seat time. Both of them enjoy going on trips with me to the hardware store in the 40 too. If it's only one kid, he or she gets to ride up front.

Somewhere I have a picture of the two of them in the back of the 40, both in their car seats, asleep. The car seats are facing forward on my Con-Ferr rear bench seat. There's no top on the 40.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:03 PM
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I'm with others that it is best to wait till the child can hold up there head (neck muscles are developed enough). Although the towell deal around the head works great

Babies sleep alot so they tend to do fine on the trails, especially if they aren't hard core trails.

For me, my oldest was about 10 months old when she went on Ophir, Imogene, and Yankee Boy Basin in the Durango (I know, not a Cruiser but it is what I had ). My youngest was slightly younger when we took her out the first time up to the Georgia Pass area.

There is a line in there though, at least for my girls, where at a certain age they start getting bored if the trail is long and there aren't any stops. Last year in Ouray at 3 & 6 neiter was having much fun...But that might have been partly due to the rain and cold in an open air rental Jeep

Man I can't wait to get a Landcruiser on the trail for a change
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