At what age can you take your baby to the mountains?

Before planning your ski trip with your baby, there are a few medical recommendations to bear in mind. First and foremost, climbing Mount Everest or Mount Blanc is not recommended for toddlers. In fact, doctors advise against climbing above 1,700 metres before the age of 15 months. Remember, choose a resort that's not too high, to guarantee your baby (and you!) a peaceful stay. 

Smooth climbing

The pressure created by altitude can be painful for your baby. To help him/her, plan to take breaks when you get in the car (between 1200 and 1400 m altitude, for example). Then, remember to feed your baby either with a bottle or a pacifier. Babies don't swallow like adults. This system will prevent potential earaches, like when taking off in an airplane!

Preparing baby's suitcase for the mountains

When it comes to snow and sub-zero temperatures, you need the right clothes! Bring warm, layered clothing (bodysuits, undershirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, sweaters, tights), a sleeping bag, an angel's nest, mittens, hats... Outside, keep your child well covered. When indoors, don't forget to undress him too, so he doesn't roast... In a previous article, we explained how to tell if your baby is too hot or too cold, and how to dress him at night. 

Watch out for the sun on the peaks

Babies' eyes are sensitive and the sun's reflection is strong because of the snow. Think about sunglasses. Choose an anti-UV sunglasses model. Protect your baby's face, too, with a sunscreen suitable for toddlers. 

In the mountains: stroller or baby carrier?

Find out all you can about your future holiday destination. Is it accessible by car, is it a small town with sidewalks or, on the contrary, a hamlet with snow-covered slopes? Whatever the case, a baby carrier will come in handy if you want to walk around hands-free. In this article, we'll tell you all you need to know about baby carriers. Some ski resorts offer three-wheeled strollers for hire, which are ultra-practical when you're out and about. Again, check with your local tourist office or sports store. 

Stay hydrated, even more so in the mountains

And yes, in the mountains, the air is dry both indoors and out. Between heated dwellings and the need to wear warm and sometimes technical clothing, babies and adults quickly become dehydrated in the mountains. So, here's a quick reminder to keep well hydrated: 

  • Drink water regularly (flask, bottle...), 
  • Moisturize baby's skin with appropriate creams to prevent dryness, itching and tightness.

Anticipating your childcare needs

You want to hit the slopes, but what are you going to do with Junior? Plan ahead and find out how your child will be looked after on the slopes. Sometimes, Piou Piou clubs or day-care centers are full to bursting... Find out more before your trip. Day-care centers generally accept babies as young as 4 months. Please note that we strongly advise against skiing with your child in a baby carrier. 

Prevent future injuries

Our final recommendation: in addition to a good first-aid kit, find out about doctors and medical emergencies at your vacation destination. 

Here are the essentials of a baby's first-aid kit: 

  • Paracetamol: for fever.
  • Soothing gel or chamomile-type gel (homeopathy): for teething troubles.
  • Rehydration solutions: in case of diarrhoea
  • Antidiarrheal: relieve your baby's colic.
  • Physiological saline solution: multi-use.
  • Moisturizing cream 
  • Arnica: for bruises and bumps.
  • Antiseptic: for wounds.
  • Dressings
  • Baby Fly
  • Thermometer 
  • Dressing
  • Pair of small scissors
  • Cotton square 

Enjoy your stay in the mountains!

The Charlie Crane team

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