How Do You Go About Camping With A Baby Without Any Hiccups?
Camping with a baby can be a lot of fun, and can be a special time between you and your baby. Babies adjust easily and seem to enjoy the new sights and sounds of camping.
You can use the items made for babies on your camping trip. You want to make camping with a baby comfortable and convenient so you have more time to spend doing fun activities with your family.
Examples Of Things That You Should Not Forget To Bring When Camping With A Baby:
Most babies enjoy the water, and many campgrounds have baby pools. Take your baby swimming and keep your eyes open for the excitement he/she will show. If there is a beach where you camp, you can take baby with you. It is important to protect your baby from the sun and heat. Sunscreen is a must to protect baby’s delicate skin. Shade is always a good idea for baby when he/she is not in the water.
Backpack baby carriers are a good idea when camping with baby, since there are frequently places that are hard to push a stroller. If you like hiking, or going for a walk around the campground, a baby backpack carrier could be just the thing for you. Baby backpack carriers are used for babies who can sit up on their own. These backpacks are available with a hood to protect your baby from the sun. Most babies love the closeness of Mom or Dad while riding in their baby backpack.
Backpack diaper bags are also very useful when camping with your baby. These backpacks are comfortable to wear, and can hold more supplies than a regular diaper bag. Some of these backpacks are available with an insulated pocket that aides in keeping bottles and snacks cool for baby. Also, when walking long distances or hiking, it is better to wear a backpack diaper bag that evenly distributes the weight across your back and is better for your body and balance, than to carry a heavy diaper bag that hangs from one shoulder. Taking walks and/or hikes with your baby can be a fun, exciting, and interesting time together.
While camping with a baby, you may want to use a child locator. Child locators come in different styles. One style uses a fun clip device to clip onto the clothing of your baby/child and a small hand held device for you, the parent, to push a button, which will emit a loud, friendly beep from the device clipped to your baby/child. Another style of child locator has a fun device to clip onto your baby’s/child’s clothing and one for the parent, and operates by using a distance zone, so if your baby/child is outside of that distant zone, a continuous beep goes off. These devices are very helpful in helping you keep an eye on your baby/toddler during times when you may get distracted. As every parent knows, it only takes a few seconds for your baby/toddler to disappear out of your sight.
Insect repellents are also another item you may want to go with if going camping with a baby. There are lots of mosquitoes, bugs and other insects present at night especially if you are camping in a forest or mountains so to protect your baby from insect bites, it would be best to bring insect repellents. Babies have very sensitive skin so you should avoid insect bites that may trigger allergic reactions or rashes with your little ones.
Of course baby clothes makes into the list too. You should know by now that babies can easily create mess in their clothes, with the foods they eat, sweat, saliva, and other dirty things in the surroundings. With this, you should bring lots of extra baby clothes so they can be changed at any time. You must also make sure to bring comfortable clothes for them like clothes that are made of 100 percent cotton.
Baby blanket, this is another protection against insects and cold weather. You should bring this in your camping activity with your baby. This will make him/her comfortable even if you are sleeping in a tent. It is advisable to bring separate blankets for the babies and for adults to avoid discomfort of sharing one blanket.
Also, you cannot go camping with a baby without baby toys. Babies may throw tantrums every now and then so be sure to have some baby toys with you that will get their attention. It is good to bring musical toys for them.
Last but not the least, you will be insane not to pack or carry enough baby food. For sure your toddlers and even you will love to have lots of chips and sandwiches in your camping but you should also consider your baby. They cannot eat chips just yet so it is advisable to bring baby foods like mashed potatoes and other baby solution.
Safety & Security Ideas On Camping With A Baby, Toddler, Or Young Child
Baby tent: If you are bringing a baby along on a trip, prepare ahead of time and buy a baby tent. This is a small enclosure that will hold one baby – with one baby infant seat. The enclosure is not really a “tent” but it is more a screen enclosure that you will use inside the tent or outside the tent. This will make your baby insect-proof. Your baby will be free from mosquitoes and spiders and their bites. Bring a sleeping bag for baby (for inside the tent, when the baby is not inside the baby tent. This kind of sleeping equipment will make your baby feel more secure than a regular blanket. Remember that your baby is not at home and might feel some apprehension about its’ new temporary quarters. Use the sleeping bag at home for a few nights before you go on your camping trip. This way, your baby will be used to it and will be familiar with it on the trip. Bring bandages, over-the-counter medicine, bottled water, a ball, some toys and whatever else is familiar to the baby.
Location: When camping with a baby, try the “family” campsites first or the private campgrounds to see how the baby or children will react to the outdoors experience. Camping at a private campgrounds or family campgrounds offer many amenities that state parks might not offer. For example, at the private campgrounds, you might find a kiddie pool and a regular pool, an indoor store for necessities, internet connections, game rooms for children, golf carts, abundant water spigots and fountains, and many other items that make camping with children more fun. After choosing your campground, the next mission is to chose the best site for children and babies. You will want to choose a site that is near the bathrooms, near the public phones (bring a cellular phone too), and or near the store or the more trafficked areas of the campgrounds. When choosing a site near the bathrooms, choose the right one, not one too near it.
Rules: Sounds simple? Most everyone knows the rules of the campgrounds if they have been camping in the past. But newcomers and children generally do not know the rules. One of the most important things that you can remind your children about are the vehicle and road rules. Remind them that the lanes in between the rows of tents are just like city roads. Cars and sometimes huge RVs travel those roads, so if the children are playing at the campgrounds, they must look both ways before crossing these innocent-looking lanes at campgrounds. So many times during the camping season, you will see children running and playing in or near the campsites roads. This is a very dangerous thing to do as there are many cars going back and forth even if you do not see them right away. Remind all children that roads are roads even when the roads are in campsites. You need to instruct the children on the road rules before you leave your vehicle and stress the importance of obeying all rules, including the road rules.
Food: Food rules are the next important. If you have decided to camp out in a state park, you need to stress the importance of food rules. Most times children do not understand why they cannot eat inside the tent (especially in bad weather). If you camp out anywhere in the wild or in state parks in any state, you must not have any food in your tent, not even cookies or cookie crumbs. Trust us on this one. Even at the most civilized camp sites, if you bring any food inside your tent you are asking for big trouble. There are state parks where there are no bears, but still the food rule should be number one on your list to remember.
Restrooms: Another important rule is that no one goes to the restroom alone after dark or at night. In the daytime also, accompany all children to the restroom. This is an important safety rule for all parks, if you think that this is “too safe” , think again. Watch the children when they go off to the bathroom in the daytime and if they do not come out quickly, go and check on them. And, after dark or near dark, the rule must be that no one goes to the rest room alone. You can wait outside for the older children and you go inside the restroom with the younger ones.
Don’t Feed or Pet Wild Animals: You need to instruct children to not approach and to not pet wild animals, no matter how cute they look. Remind the children that some wild animals carry or have rabies. The best way to avoid this is to keep all food in plastic containers and keep them in your car. Keep the family pets at home (find pet sitters for them). Family pets attract wild animals and insects. Besides, if you are on vacation, you will want to leave them home and enjoy their company when you return. If you MUST bring family pets, the best place to go is to family campsites that advertise that they welcome pets.
Weather: There is a difference between a storm and a rainy day. If you are prepared, relaxed and intent on enjoying your camping experience, even rain will not ruin your camping vacation. It is an interesting experience. That’s really roughing it. That’s camping! However, with babies and children, the wet camping experience is different and less fun. So here’s how to handle weather. Bring a solar-powered radio and solar-powered flashlight. Having a radio on stormy or rainy days makes all the difference in a camping trip. Tune in to the weather station and you will find out if the storm is temporary or will last for days. You can plan – that is so much better than just having bad weather happen to you. If the rainy weather is just going to last for an hour or three, you can rough it out and outlast the rain. So , do not pack up and go home. Having that radio makes a big difference.
Rainy Days: These are great fun days and a great excuse to sit in the tent and get to know each other better. You can talk, chat, play games, share stories, and read. READ? Who ever heard of reading on a camping trip. Yes, you can read. Bring enough flashlights for the night. You can wait out the rain and you can play and read until the rain stops. If it is a light sprinkle, this is great for blowing bubbles in the rain (no thunder, no lightening). Stay away from the trees for safety. Kids love to splash in puddles and why not? It’s vacation . It’s time to do things you would not normally have them doing. You can cook out, so you can take a short trip to the local fast food place ( Many fast food places have play rooms), so your rainy camping day will turn out to be a fun success instead of just another day in the rain.
Stormy Weather: With the storms or prediction of storms while you are camping, use the malls to your benefit. During the worst part of the storms, pack it all up (not the tent) ; bring the kids and put them in the car and drive to the nearest mall stores. You can spend hours there going to the movies, browsing the bookstores, having lunch or dinner, and you can party-out the storm.
First things first, get away from the trees and out of the rain. Hop into the car or RV. You don’t have to drive right away. Sometimes a storm can last ten minutes other times ten days. Knowing is being informed. Listen to your radio.
To sum it all, camping with a baby can be such a wonderful experience for you, as parents, and for your baby, and with all the available items on the market which help make camping with baby so convenient, camping with your baby can be a very enjoyable, fun, educational, and bonding experience!
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