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Top Tips for Camping with a Baby

Here are some top tips for Camping with a Baby. Most people I chat to start with the premise that it can’t be done, shouldn’t be done, or that they simply wouldn’t do it! However here are some Top Tips for Camping with a Baby from me and some other travel bloggers who have all done it.

1. Pack a travel cot/Moses basket/Sleepyhead.  As you know if your baby feels comfortable and safe, they will sleep better!

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2. Keep them warm, a sleeping bag, extra blankets, even the barmiest summer evening in the uk can be cold in the middle of the night.

3. Breast fed babies need nothing extra, but for formula fed babies why not consider using ready made formula and take Milton cold water sterilising tablets for bottles.

4. Stick as close to your usual sleep routine as possible.

5. Have a bottle prepared for the middle of the night if needs be, or for breastfeeding make sure there is easy access to you!

6. Pack their favourite comforter, and a couple more favourite teddies so the cot feels like home.

5. Consider parking the car in an accessible spot if a quick drive round the block is necessary to calm a crying child or

6. 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.

6. 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!

7. Weaning? – pouches, ready made food or home made pots can all be warmed easily on a camping stove.

8. Pack twice as many outfits as you think you will need, particularly if crawling as morning grass is wet whatever the weather.

9. Pack extra nappies and wipes. Wipes are useful for everything and everyone.

10. 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 – saves hunting for everything in the dark !

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11. Using a Flexi-Bucket as a bath is a top tip from Claire at Tin Box Traveller, easy to fill and you can use it to pack things in in the car too. It will also double up as your washing up bowl.

12. 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!

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

Camping with a Baby

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

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  1. July 20, 2017 at 10:44 am — Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I love camping but ever since I got pregnant with my little girl, I stopped for a year. So, I think it’s a great time to share that hobby with the little one. Anyways, good read and informative. Thank you for this!

  2. August 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    Great list! I know that parents in some nordic countries leave their babies out in the cold for an hour or so at a time, it’s apparently good for them. So don’t feel TOO bad about camping out in the cold. Plus it’s awesome to let a baby experience the outdoors so they grow up more comfortable there and more appreciative of nature. Great job all around!

  3. October 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm — Reply

    This list might become handy! Definitely something we will be using.

  4. October 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Nice tips for camping with baby. I also think you could say pack more food than usual because the breastfeeding mom is going to need it. See, she has to have energy for her outdoor activity as well as make milk for baby. Right? But then, I am just a man …

  5. October 15, 2017 at 11:16 am — Reply

    Sometimes taking your baby outdoor to experience the world is good for their health. It can increase their sensitivity. but their safety is the first priority. You have given the best tips to make sure a baby can enjoy camping. Parents should pack a portable humidifier with them. It can purify the fresh air and make it much healthier.

  6. November 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    Great tips.Next months I am planning a tour with my baby. I hope this tips will help me.Thank you for sharing this.

  7. February 18, 2018 at 6:56 am — Reply

    It’s really great idea. This is very helpful information. I like you all tips. Thank you for shear a great information.

  8. February 25, 2018 at 5:32 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Yep – prep is everything when it comes to camping – especially with the little ones! Took me years to perfect our checklist and I recently put that on my site to help other fellow campers.

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