Camping is my absolute favorite thing in the world. In the summer, we head out to the mountains every chance we can get. Having kids hasn’t changed that one bit. Here are some tips for camping with a baby.
1. Camp while baby is little. Camping with a newborn is much easier than camping with a toddler! They can’t move, they sleep a lot, especially in the fresh air. If you are breast feeding, you don’t have to worry about packing food.
2. Bring something for baby to sleep in. I researched and researched something that Jersey could sleep in specifically for camping that would fit in the holiday trailer. Our trailer at the time wasn’t very big, so a playpen wouldn’t work. This Babymoov tent is awesome for sleep or for outside as it has a UV sunshade and toys can hang from it.
3. Pack a good first aid kit. We camp in the middle of no where with no hook-ups and about 1.5 hours from cell reception, so my first aid kit is one of the most important things. I have one for us and one for the dogs. Lol, I know seems excessive but both have came in handy. Don’t forget gripe water, infant tylenol and bum cream.
4. Bring a stroller. Jersey was about a month and a half old the first time we took her camping. She spent most of the trip in the stroller. All the fresh air made her sleep like a baby!
5. Baby carrier. Great for hikes and walking down to my Mom’s favorite fishing hole. Jersey caught her first fish at one and a half months old!
6. Protect baby from the elements and bugs. This can be tricky at times since you are outside all the time and at that age you can’t really put sunscreen or bug spray on them. If I would have known about Young Living Essential Oils then, I would have used that. Instead I surrounded Jersey in bounce sheets and one of those electric bug repellant fan things.
7. Pack extra of everything! Extra diapers, wipes, clothes, warm clothes, hats, coats, blankets, mittens etc. I found dressing Jersey in layers made things easier for changing.
Hope these tips help you enjoy some camping with your little one!