The idea of ​​camping with babies makes many parents really shudder to think about because many people think babies are very fragile, unable to adapt to any environment. However, the truth is that babies are especially tough and healthier than you think, as long as you know the secret to camp with babies.

camping with babies

You can take your child anywhere, provided that (and this is important) you have the right things: food, clothing, shelter and the flexibility to put it all together. Here are some tips for camping with your baby while still having fun

Choose the right place: for the first trip with your baby, choose a place that is not too far from home and provides some basic amenities, like the bathroom. And, if you can, find a shady campsite that is not overcrowded

Simple baby meals should be prepared: breast milk may be the simplest solution, but if your baby uses a bottle or solids, you can still take it with you when you go camping. Make sure you have clean water to make your milk and make convenient food puree packages or maybe some things you can use for dinner if your baby has weaned it.

Dress your child in multi-layer clothes: wear multi-layered clothes for you and your child in multiple layers so you can adapt to changing weather. When it's time to go to bed, use a cozy sleeping bag or a fleece sweater to stay warm.

Protect yourself and your baby from bugs and the sun: insect repellent and sunscreen are usually not recommended for children under 6 months old, so look for other protection measures, like wearing long sleeves and long pants, use an umbrella to keep out the sun and use a mosquito net

1. Where should we go camping with young children?

Private campsites are usually reserved for you, so plan ahead if you can. Ideally, you should find a flat area with space for your family to move around.

Many places also have online maps. This can be quite convenient to check if the terrain, as well as space, is suitable for the baby. Similarly, finding a shady place can sometimes be a problem when camping with babies. Try to find some natural shade. Here are some helpful tips:

Choosing a fully equipped campsite: a campsite with a nearby bathroom and playground may not be a real picnic, but it can be very convenient for children. especially during the first outing. When you are more comfortable camping with young children, you can go further.

Keep your distance from other campsites: if you book your campsite in advance, try to find a place that is far away from the surrounding areas. A place with a comfortable and spacious space can make the whole experience different and help you reduce anxiety about noise issues.

Reduce driving time: If the thought of going camping with your baby makes you seem daunted, you should choose a location near your home, not wasting too much time driving away. You feel easier and more comfortable when you can get to the campsite fast and if things don't go as planned while camping, you can choose to return home right away. If you absolutely don't want to drive, then there's nothing better than a camp in your backyard.

Find a shady place: trying to keep your child out of direct sunlight is an important step in protecting your baby from harmful UV rays, so if you can, choose a shady place.

2. Tips to sleep in a tent with your baby

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In fact, getting a good night's sleep at home is enough to make you have a headache. And now an outdoor camping trip is a great opportunity for you and your baby to wake up more in the middle of the night than usual. Here are some tips to help you sleep with your baby more easily when camping:

Flexible: every family has their own way of making it easy for them to fall asleep, and you have to decide how you handle that when camping but know this: camping will break the normal nighttime routine often. Try to adapt and understand that you may not be able to use the sleep techniques you normally use at home. For example, you may have to allow your young children to stay up later than usual or you may need to take care of them more often in the middle of the night to make them comfortable.

Bring some of your favorite toys: a toy for your little one is a good solution when camping outdoors, so don't feel it is pointless to bring all your belongings from home. However, you only need to pack a few special things, such as stuffed animals and some storybooks, to help your baby comfortable in the new environment.

Bring a portable cot/playground: this is a particularly good idea if your baby is accustomed to sleeping in a mobile cot/playground (and if you have a tent large enough to fit into it). The familiarity of the crib can help your baby settle down and stick to his nighttime routine. And even if you don't use it to sleep, a crib can help when you need to cook dinner.

Bring a large camping tent: if you have a large family camping tent, bring it. A large tent gives you room to use a crib / portable playground and many other benefits.

3. Prepare a baby meal

Planning a picnic might sound complicated and take a lot of work, but if you focus on keeping the meal simple, it's not that difficult. For adults and older children, a meal such as spaghetti, oatmeal, etc. will help you prepare, cook and clean quickly.

To plan your baby's meal, first consider what they eat at home; Chances are, your baby will feel quite close to these foods. If your baby is still breastfeeding, everything will be super simple. But if your baby starts bottle-feeding or weaning, the following things you may need to consider before going camping:

Keep things clean: if you feed your baby, make sure you have a way to keep things clean. You can boil water at your campsite to clean the bottle. If you mix weaning foods, make sure you have clean, potable water.

Bring convenient food: if your child is eating solid foods, there are convenient options like juicing packages with pureed fruits and vegetables that don't need refrigeration. If your baby is old enough to enjoy a snack, try soft fruits, mixed eggs, butter, and beans. You can also let your baby enjoy the food you are eating. Of course, follow the pediatrician's instructions about what is appropriate for your child

4. How to dress your baby when camping?

When your baby is comfortable, that's when he will be happy. To keep your baby having a good time on your camping trip with these dressing tips:

Dress in layers for your baby: similar to when you wear clothes for a day outdoors, think of layers of clothes you can wear for your baby to easily adapt to changing weather. You want to have a soft, breathable layer that touches your skin, the middle layer provides warmth, and the outer layer provides protection from wind and rain.

Avoid wearing cotton: on a regular car camping trip with a good weather forecast, you can bring as many everyday clothes as you have at home. But if you anticipate cold and / or humid weather, you should bring synthetic or woolen clothing for better insulation and faster drying than cotton. For cold weather, try things like woolen socks, fleece pants, fleece jackets and / or insulated jackets. If the weather forecast predicts rain, you will need a rainproof jacket. On sunny days, use long sleeves and long pants to protect your baby in the sun but not causing heat.

Don't wear too much: when you sleep, you can add a sleeping bag or fleece to increase the warmth. But be wary of overworking your baby. Check forecasts for low temperatures and think and adjust baby outfit accordingly. You will easily know how many layers your baby needs to sleep at night to be comfortable.

Change diapers often: changing your baby's diaper on a camping trip is not much different from what you do at home, especially if you have a nearby bathroom to throw away waste and diapers. If you use cloth diapers at home, you need to bring a sealed bag to store dirty cloth diapers until you go home and wash them. A removable diaper rug gives you a place to put your baby down and or diapers, but you can also use a sleeping cushion or blanket.

5. How to protect your baby from insects and sunlight when camping?

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It is important to keep in mind that insect repellent or sunscreen should not be applied to children under 6 months old. So if your baby is less than 6 months old, consider other protective measures, such as clothing. Here are some tips (you can consult your pediatrician to find the most effective method):

Limit skin exposure: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no insect repellent is used for children under 2 months of age, while the Environmental Working Group says not to use with children under 6 months year old. If you want to avoid using insect repellent, try to limit sun exposure. Pants tucked in, long-sleeved shirts and hats are also a solution. You can also try other ways to repel insects, such as wearing insect nets, setting up shelter with maximum protection or lighting candles to keep insects out of your campsite.

Look for shade: The Drug Administration (FDA) recommends checking with a doctor before applying sunscreen to children under 6 months old. So the best way to protect your baby from the sun is to keep them away from the sun as much as possible. Look for a shady campsite or sunny places. You can also have your baby wear sunscreen and / or use an umbrella to block out the sun. If you need to wear sunscreen, check with your pediatrician about the appropriate age to use and then try sunscreen on a small area of ​​skin to make sure it doesn't cause allergies.

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