Mountain Style: Back in the Saddle

A Mommy-and-Me Gear Guide

By Christina Shepherd McGuire // Photographs by Ryan Dorgan

Let’s face it—new moms need to be master multitaskers in order to satiate their brood. And after months of tending baby, kids, and everyone else, it’s prime time to put a little sanity back on your plate. Let’s see—the baby bump is, well, um, starting to recede and early toddlerhood has permitted you a loosening of the reins. Seems like it’s time for you to take your activity level up a notch!

But let’s get real.

It’s not like you can just ditch your kid and start training for a marathon. Instead, you need to carve out space in your schedule, plan things around naptime, and take your child along! Think of it like this: yoga has now become a “team sport,” running and biking requires more cargo, and hiking simply warrants a heavier pack. (C’mon, you used to lead NOLS courses and carry an 80-pound pack. You’ve got this!) And, while a fitness timeout still requires some multitasking, there’s gear to help you ease the transition and have you looking good while you’re at it.

On the Bike

1 – Thule Chariot Cougar 1
Shortly after your kid’s birth (and well into toddlerhood), the Chariot multisport trailer quickly becomes your fifth appendage. The Chariot goes from stroller to bike trailer to ski mode with a few simple attachments and folds easily to stow in your trunk. Plus, with a Chariot in tow, naptime goes mobile! Available at Hoback Sports, Habitat, and Fitzgerald’s Bicycles. $689.95 MSRP

2 – Smith Rover Helmet
Pedal away in style with Smith’s Rover Helmet. This fully ventilated mountain bike helmet, with adjustable fit system, won’t have you looking like a lollipop. And its targeted zonal impact technology gives safety piece of mind. Available at Hoback Sports, Wilson Backcountry Sports, and Habitat. $150 MSRP

3 – Shredly Mountain Bike Short Long and YogaCham
I hate to say it’s all about the clothing, but in this case, it is! Shredly’s mountain bike shorts always turn heads. Plus, postpartum mommies will like the contoured waistband with adjustable inner tabs and the longer length (featured here). Pair them with Shredly’s YogaCham. Complete with a low-rise, thick elastic waistband that doesn’t cut you in two, it’s the low-pro Cadillac of all chamois pads! Available at Hoback Sports, Wilson Backcountry Sports, and Habitat. Short: $100 MSRP Cham: $65 MSRP

4 – Shredly All-in-One Jersey
Shredly’s All-in-One jersey wicks moisture, increases airflow, and provides just the right amount of coverage (with a shirttail hem), while still staying true to feminine lines. Available at Hoback Sports, Wilson Backcountry Sports, and Habitat. $55 MSRP

5 – Dakine Session Pack
Dakine’s Session Pack, with internal organizer compartments and external attachment straps, just might be the comfiest diaper bag you own. Plus, it doubles as your water bottle, because moms need sippy cups too! Available at Hoback Sports and Habitat. $85 MSRP

6 – Dakine Covert Bike Glove
Dakine’s minimalist Covert Bike gloves give you full finger protection, while allowing touchscreen compatibility (in case you need to field that unexpected call from school). Available at Hoback Sports and Habitat. $25 MSRP

7 – LeTop Tunic Tank and Leggings
Available as a set at Teton Kids. $46.99 MSRP

On The Mat

8 – Prana Roxanne Printed Legging
Prana’s Roxanne Printed Legging offers discreet style for brand-new moms. It’s made with their most supportive compression performance fabric, featuring a mid rise that tames the muffin top and a pattern that adds a camo effect. Available at Teton Mountaineering and Yostmark Mountain Equipment. $79 MSRP

9 – Prana Revere Tank and Elixir Bra
Still nursing? No problem. Just pair the loose-fitting Revere Tank with the adjustable racerback Elixir Bra (not pictured). The bra’s removable modesty cups won’t show leaks. Plus, layering provides a level of discreetness in class and out. Available at Teton Mountaineering and Yostmark Mountain Equipment. Tank: $35 MSRP Bra: $49 MSRP

10 – My OM Little Yoga Mat
Bonnie Blasetti-Clendon designed her toddler-size yoga mat (ages 0 to 4) to foster independence for kids who want to “do it myself.” This hypoallergenic mat is also free of phthalates, lead, and heavy metals and is printed with eco-friendly ink. (Doll-size mats also available.) Available at $22.80 MSRP
Use promo code LOVE15 for a 15% discount!

11 – Nuu Muu Kids Dress
A pint-size version of the women’s Nuu Muu exercise dress, this kid’s dress is a play dress that she can actually play in! The dress’s stain resistant fabric and silk-like comfiness make it a summer staple for outdoor fun and indoor chillin’. Sewn in the USA. (Pictured with Jojo Maman Bébé leggings.) Available at Teton Kids. Dress: $46.99 MSRP Leggings: $18.99

12 – BabyBump Fitness Ball
The BabyBump Fitness Ball is a pre- and post-partum fitness ball, a soothing rocking chair, a toddler chair, and an adult desk chair all in one. Designed by Jackson Hole local Sarah Drake, these latex-, bpa-, and phlatate-free balls have six peg legs for stability. Available at $39.99 MSRP

On The Trail

13 – Deuter Kid Comfort Air Backpack
Rated one of the top three backpacks for carrying kids by BabyGearLab, this pack from Deuter provides maximum ventilation for the wearer and “air-conditioning” technology for the child. Complete with a height adjustable footrest, back length adjustment, a kickstand, storage compartments, and more. This pack makes kid carrying—well—a little more comfy. Sunshade also an option. Available at Backcountry Baby. $239 MSRP

14 – Shredly Multisport Short
Shredly’s Multisport Short has all the bells and whistles of their mountain bike short, minus the chamois and the adjustable waist. Go from trail to paddleboard to a night on the town in these bad boys. (But don’t forget to call a sitter!) Available at Hoback Sports, Wilson Backcountry Sports, and Habitat. $85.00 MSRP

15 – Prana Mika Top
This double layer racerback top performs nicely on the trail, with its recycled poly and organic cotton-blended fabric. Plus, the shirring on the neck and the bubble hem detail lend the top a conservative style. Available at Teton Mountaineering and Yostmark Mountain Equipment. $65.00 MSRP

16 – Sunday Afternoons Kids’ Poppy Hat
The epitome of form, function, and style, Sunday Afternoons nailed it with their crushable ribbon sun hat. This hat goes from the backpack to head in seconds and the added ribbon tie allows you to customize the fit as your little one grows. SPF 50. Available at Backcountry Baby. $26 MSRP