Camping is a fun event that can include the whole family. If you have a new baby, then you might wonder what is the best thing to take for your baby. You should make a list and make sure that you have all the things that will keep baby warm and safe while you and the family adventure the wilderness. There are many things to think about when going camping, so here are some good tips for taking baby camping.
1. Consider a simple try out.
Although there is no mastery of camping or a special class, it is best to try a camping trip that is close to home and simple. You should find a close campground that is close to home just in case something happens that will require you to go home. Since babies are so sensitive and allergies are more than likely unknown, then you should make your first camping trip simple and short.
Figuring out how to camp with a baby can be a challenge due to feedings and naps, so making your first trip simple will help you with trial and eras. Your baby will like the scenery and will enjoy the trip even if it is simple. They will not understand the difference but will enjoy nature and outdoors.
You should be close to home for your first trip just in case things go badly. Although your baby will enjoy the adventure, he/she may get fussy at night due to being in an unknown place. So give yourself the upper hand by being close to home so that you can return your little one to their comfort zone.
2. No Christmas list, but check it twice!
It may be easy for you to make a list of all the things that will keep your baby happy. If you make a list, then you will be less likely to forget important things. Everything runs smoother with a system and structure, so make sure to have a good list so that you do not leave anything at home.
If you do not know where to start, it is best to start with your baby items that are used the day to days such as diapers, wipes, and bottles. By then you will find it easy to find more things that will be important for the camping trip. Before you leave to make sure that you double-check your list so that you are sure that you have everything you need for your baby.
A few items that will come in handy are:
- mosquito spray
- a baby camping bag
- netted play pin or bassinet
- a camping carrier
- changing pad
- hand sanitizer
You should focus on keeping your baby safe and sheltered while napping or sleeping overnight. Also, if your baby has started eating, then bring along their favorite snacks and drinks. Make sure that they are sealed so that there will not be a way for critters to enjoy your baby’s snack. If your baby has not advanced to finger foods or does not breastfeed, it may be best to pack extra formula to be safe. You should also bring extra diapers and wipes to be safe.
3. Where will your baby sleep when camping?
There are a few options when it comes to sleeping arrangements. You should be understanding of your baby as well as the people that will be close enough to be awakened by a fussy baby. If you are looking for a secluded space, then a cabin, RV, or cabin may be best. If you are looking to take the full effect of the camping experience, then a tent on the campgrounds is just as good.
More than likely, you are aware of your baby’s sleep schedule by the time of your camping trip. If you know that your baby more than likely will wake up in the middle of the night, then it may be best to help everyone get rest by sleeping in a place that will not disturb the campers around you. Also, a good tip for sharing sleeping space with others is to get acquainted and allow them to know that you will do your best to respect their time and space. Although many people understand, it can get quite complicated for others to rest if they are not used to a crying baby. Chose the simple and quickest route when getting your baby to sleep to show others around you that you care about their camping experience and sleep.
4. Don’t be afraid of help.
Although it may be easy with just parents at home, extra help can be a lifesaver when you are not at home. Having extra hands can help everyone enjoy their time camping. If everyone pitches in, then there will always be someone around to help occupy the little one. Also, if hiking, everyone can share turns holding your little one to give each person a break so that you and your friends and family can conserve energy. Also, if you want to do an activity that is more complex for your baby, you will have a helping hand that will make sure your baby is having fun while you are away.
5. Safely dispose of your baby’s diapers.
Many people have the perception that it is ok to burry dirty diapers. This is not close to being true due to the material of the disposable diapers is not environmentally friendly. Cloth diapers are a choice, but you should understand that it may be difficult to clean and dry while you are camping. So if you chose to use disposable diapers, it is best to buy a bag that keeps odors in, and then you can carry it home and safely dispose of the bag. This will help to keep the camping area clean in you won’t have to worry about an animal digging them up.