Camping with a baby doesn’t have to be that hard. You just need to know what to bring so you can be prepared for the trip. Raising a child and camping don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, if you can take your baby camping then you can set yourself up for many years of family camping trips. Here’s how to get going.
Camping with a baby – Keeping warm
Camping With a Baby can be a great experience for both you and your baby. Warms has to be a primary consideration. You don’t know exactly how warm or cold your baby will get. Bring lots and lots of layers. The following is a good list of things to begin with.
- PJ pants
- Sleep Bag
Since your baby might not want to sleep with you, layer them up. It’s a good idea to get a campsite with a power box. You can bring an electric heater for the tent for added warmth. Just remember to bring an extension cord too.
Where can my baby play?
Just like at home you will need to create play spaces for your baby. Make one inside the tent and outside, usually the best place in under the awning. Lay down a blanket to keep your baby off the ground. Not only that, bring lots of toys. They will make sure your baby is playing with safe things instead of sticks, rocks or something they could swallow. They can keep your baby occupied while you cook dinner or take it easy.
What else do I need?
Wipes are a real life saver when camping with a baby. You will need many wipes. Keep a stash everywhere. In your car, in the tent, and in the backpack are each key locations. They are good for dirt, diapers, and anything else you can think of when there isn’t really running water close by.
Then you will need anything that helps handle the elements. Mosquito spray, sunscreen, and itch relief are the big three. Try to find an all natural itch relief that can be easily applied to your baby. Mosquitos like them too!
Lastly you will want to bring many snacks:
- Dry soft cereal
- Chopped fruit
- Anything you can bring that will last a few days will suffice.
How do I carry my baby?
This is a great question! Your baby will need a carrier. The Infantino four in one carrier has pretty good reviews, plus there are carrier backpacks that are very handy. Your baby will feel so safe in a secure carrier. Finding the one that suits your specific needs will be a worthy investment.
How to do The Sleeping Area Right
Here are a few tips and tricks for the best sleeping experience for your baby. Sometimes the usual pack and play won’t work. Bring a crib mattress for the baby and an air mattress for you. Put the baby’s mattress next to yours so it’s blocked. On the other side put a bed gate so that side is secure and the baby can’t roll off. Put pillows around to make it a makeshift crib. The crib mattress will feel familiar for the baby.
Speaking of feeling familiar, stick to your usual nighttime routine. If you already read aloud to your baby, keep doing it. If you already put on night sounds such as rain or ocean sounds, this can help put your baby fast asleep in no time. Keep the nursing routine the same too. The more familiar the routine the better.
Listen, there will be chances for you to go camping alone with your significant other. There will also be great opportunities to make memories as a family by going camping together. You won’t need to hire a sitter, you will get to raise your baby as an outdoorsy person, and you will get plenty of family photos. We hope these tips were good to get you started!