Whether it’s a family camping trip with kids, either car camping, tent camping, festival or glamping getting it right when camping with a baby, it’s vital to ensure confidence for future camping trips and enjoing the great outdoors with your baby. Thus we are sharing our Top Tips for Camping with a Baby, what has worked for us and how to get camping with a baby right!
Top Tips for Camping with a Baby
1. How Old Should A Baby Be To Go Camping?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best age to take a baby camping will vary depending on the individual baby’s development and temperament. However, most experts agree that it is generally safe to take babies camping as young as 3-6 months old.
Here are some things to consider when deciding when to take your baby camping:
- Your baby’s development. Some babies are more mobile and curious than others, and may be ready for camping at a younger age. If your baby is still crawling or not yet walking, you may want to wait until they are a little older before taking them camping.
- Your baby’s temperament. Some babies are more adaptable and easygoing than others, and may be more likely to enjoy camping. If your baby is easily overwhelmed or has a hard time sleeping in new places this may influence your decision.
- The type of camping you plan to do. If you plan on doing a lot of hiking or other strenuous activities, you may want to wait until your baby is a little older before taking them camping. However, if you plan on doing more relaxed camping, such as car camping or staying at a campground, you can probably take your baby camping at a younger age.
2. Stay Close To Home For The First Trip
Choose the right campground For your first outing, pick a that’s not too far from home and offers some basic amenities, like a showers and a bathroom. And, if you can, find a shady campsite that’s not too close to others.Its also useful to look for a site with picnic tables, especially if travelling with toddlers. Having a base to to and eat is always useful. Alternatively get a foldable picnic table and take your own. This way there is no drama if you have to nip home, of feel baby is not quite ready.
3. What Is The Best Thing For A Baby To Sleep In In A Tent?
Pack a travel cot/Moses basket/sleeping pad or Sleepyhead. As you know if your baby feels comfortable and safe, they will sleep better and hopefully take a few naps too! If they sleep in a sleep sack take it with you.
The best camping bed for tiny tots?
Baby camping bed – We have a couple of Travel Cot reviews here both of which would be great for camping with a baby – Baby Hub Travel Cot and Travel Cot.
4. How To Keep Babies Warm When Camping
Camping with a baby in cold weather can be trickier. Keep them warm with layers, a sleeping bag, extra blankets, even the barmiest summer evening in the uk can be cold in the middle of the night. But also ensure babies are kept cool in hotter weather.
5 Having Feeding Organised Is Key
Breast fed babies need nothing extra, but for if you are bottle feeding you baby why not consider using ready made formula and take Milton cold water sterilising tablets for bottles. Have a bottle prepared for the middle of the night if needs be, or for breastfeeding make sure there is easy access to you, somewhere that offers warmth. Also take a fleece throw just in case.
Weaning? – pouches, ready made food or home made pots can all be warmed easily on a camp stove.
6. Pack Favourite Teddies And Comforters
Pack their favourite comforter, and a couple more favourite teddies so the cot feels like home. The more home comforts baby has there more relaxed they will be.
7. Tips To Combat Crying
Consider parking the car in an accessible spot if a quick drive round the block is necessary to calm a crying child.
Toilet blocks usually offer a warmer space and a door to stop the crying travelling if your baby can’t be settled in the middle of the night. So make sure the campsite has great hygiene ratings.
Remember if you choose you site well then most people will have been in your shoes and won’t be worried about a crying baby. They don’t cry as loud as you think they do!
8. Packing Tips For Camping With A Baby
Pack twice as many outfits as you think you will need, particularly if crawling as morning grass is wet whatever the weather. If you intend to dine in restaurants consider taking a portable high chair to make meal time easier.
Pack extra nappies and baby wipes. Wipes are useful for everything and everyone and take a foldable changing mat, these are ALWAYS useful.
Katy at Otis & Us recommends packing a separate small bag with a few toys/books in and pjs, comforters and bottle just incase you arrive late. Thus saves hunting for everything in the dark !
9. Take A Makeshift Bath Tub
Using a Flexi-Bucket as a bath is a top tip from Claire at Tin Box Traveller. Who says its easy to fill and you can also use it to pack things in in the car too. It will also double up as your washing up bowl.
10. Relax And Enjoy The Trip
Relax – babies feel your stress. If you’re relaxed they will be too. Enjoy it – have fun – after all that’s what it’s all about!
Be prepared for changes in routine. It’s important to be prepared for changes in routine when camping with a baby. For example, your baby may need to eat more often or sleep in different places. Be flexible and go with the flow.
Take breaks. Don’t try to do too much when camping with a baby. Take breaks throughout the day to rest and relax.
Have fun! Camping with a baby can be a lot of fun. Be sure to take some time to enjoy the outdoors and create lasting memories with your family.
Start small. If you’re new to camping with a baby, start with a short trip and gradually increase the length of your trips as your baby gets older and more comfortable with camping.
10. Take A Pack And Play
Bring a portable crib, pack n play or playpen. This will give your baby a safe place to sleep and play.
Bring plenty of snacks and drinks. It’s important to keep your baby hydrated and fed, especially on hot days.
Be prepared for the unexpected. Things don’t always go according to plan when you’re camping, so be prepared for anything. This includes things like bad weather, lost items, and cranky babies.
11. Take Insect Repelent
Bug bites are awful and being prepared with nets over sleep pods and using a gentle insect repellent such as Avon Skin So Soft will protect baby from bites.
Camping With A Baby Shopping List At A Glance
- A change of clothes for baby
- A sun hat
- A sweater or jacket for cooler weather
- A swimsuit for swimming
- A nappy bag
- A changing pad
- Nappy rash cream
- A small bin with a lid
- Bottles if your baby is bottle-fed
- A breast pump if you are breastfeeding
- Formula or breast milk
- Snacks and drinks for baby
- Portable crib or playpen
- A sleeping bag or blanket for baby
- A noise machine or white noise app to help baby sleep
- A stroller or carrier
- Rain cover
- Baby carrier
- Bug spray
- First-aid kit
- Battery fan
- A toy or two for baby to play with
- A camera to capture all the memories!
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For more posts on Camping with a Baby why not check out:
5 Tips for Camping with a Baby from Kiddie Holidays
Camping with a Baby from Travel Mad Mum
Babies on Board at a Festival from Muchies & Munchkins
Keeping Baby Cosy Whilst Glamping from Sidestreet Style
How to Survive and Enjoy Camping with Young Children from Travel Loving Family
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