Taking Your Baby On A Camping Trip? 

Posted by Susan Brown on January 26, 2018 0 Comments

 

Camping continues to be one of the most popular outdoor activities in America as it was estimated that over 40 million people went camping last year. There are many reasons why so many Americans take to the wilderness during camping season. For some, it’s a temporary escape from the stress of everyday life, while others do it to disconnect from technology and bask in nature. Meanwhile, families go camping to strengthen their relationships away from the distractions of school and work. Though most people tend to camp as a family when their children are older, 17% of households camp with children as young as a year old. Being out in nature with your baby is fun, but you need to be prepared to make your trip as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. Here are some tips if you’re planning on taking your baby on a camping trip this year.

 

 

Make comfort a priority

 

 

Roughing it may have its charms, but when you’re camping with a baby, you want to keep your little one as comfortable as possible. Bring a family-sized tent which can fit a portable crib and ensure that the tent floor is well-padded so your baby can roll and play in the tent during the daytime. Keep warm while camping and bring extra sleeping bags, warm clothing, and a portable ethanol stove if building a fire isn’t always possible. Doing so helps to keep the whole family comfy and cozy and prevents heat loss.

 

 

Camp somewhere close to home

 

 

If this is your first time camping with your baby, it may be a good idea to camp somewhere close to home. This is so that if things don’t work out the way you hoped, you can always turn back and head home. You can always venture farther away on future trips once you’ve gotten more experienced camping with your little one.

 

 

Pack well and bring lots of diapers

 

 

Every parent knows that there’s no such thing as traveling light when there’s a baby involved. That being said, with a little planning, you can still leave home without bringing the entire contents of your baby's room and be prepared for any scenario. A week before your camping trip, make a list of things that your baby needs and divide the list into activities that your baby normally does: sleeping, feeding, bathing, and playtime. Based on the list of activities, write down all the things that you need to do each one successfully. Simplify when you can. For instance, instead of bringing a separate soap and shampoo for your baby, you can just bring a foaming shampoo and body wash to keep your little one clean. It’s also a good idea to bring lots of disposable diapers on your camping trip as you don’t want to deal with washing and drying cloth diapers during your holiday.

 

 

Relax and have fun

 

 

Parents may worry about their baby’s comfort while sleeping in the great outdoors or whether the baby’s crying is disturbing fellow campers, but remember the reason why you’re camping in the first place—you’re there to relax and have fun. Your baby can feel when you’re stressed and will pick up on that. So let all your worries drift away and enjoy the experience with your family.

 

 

Camping with a baby may seem like a challenge, but with a little preparation, you can enjoy the great outdoors with your little one. Follow these tips and have fun camping with your baby this year.

 

 

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