Baby’s First Camping Trip – tips on how to prepare.
You’re taking your baby camping? Are you crazy?! Nope, you’re being a great mom! Babies are very good campers and are ready to take to the woods as soon as you far. In fact, the sooner you introduce them to the benefits of the great outdoors, the better.
However, camping with your baby brings on a whole new set of experiences. It may take a few trips before you master the art of relaxing with your happy little camper, but don’t let that overwhelm you. All you need is a little extra trip preparation and room for when things don’t go according to plan.
How To Prepare For Baby’s First Camping Trip & Adventure
Don’t Over Or Under Pack
When raising a baby it’s easy to overpack. When your little infant is traveling you want them to be armed with everything they might possibly want or need. However, when camping this could create a lot of extra stuff to carry. Remember to give yourself extra daylight to set up your campsite with all your extra supplies.
Try to eliminate unnecessary items like large plastic toys and really think about if your baby really needs their high chair or if they’ll be just fine in their car seat. A few items that you shouldn’t forget include baby’s sunhat, all the wet wipes, baby’s favorite item associated with sleep, baby’s sunscreen, and bug repellent.
To help with deciding what you might want to take on a camping trip with baby, you can download and check out the “The Camping with Kids at all Stages Checklist” on Camping for Women’s free checklists page.
Watch The Weather
The most important thing to consider during baby’s first camping trip is the weather. You don’t want your child to suffer from becoming too hot or too cold. That means it’s time to pack a lot of layers to easily adjust your baby to rising and falling temperatures, especially when it’s cold during the night or hot during the day.
Keep your baby dry as much as possible, so don’t forget the rain gear. Give your baby a bath during the afternoon so they won’t get cold at night and bring an extra knit hat and warm socks for them.
To keep your baby cool remove layers as temperatures rise and make sure they stay hydrated. Try to plan your activities in advance to avoid the hottest part of the afternoon, which could actually make for the perfect nap time. Also, hang out in the shade when the weather is warmer.
You and Baby Need Your Sleep
Babies often find camping to be very relaxing and a quick walk or paddle around the lake will help them prepare to nap as they look at all the scenery. However, you need to decide if your baby will sleep with you or on their own.
If you share your bed with your baby they might keep you awake as they squirm in their exciting new tent environment, but it helps them stay warm. However, you can get your baby their own sleeping bag and pad. Also, some babies are perfectly fine sleeping in their car seat. Just be sure to have their favorite bedtime plush ready to go when it’s snoozin’ time.
It can be difficult to maintain a normal schedule while in the woods but try to keep naptimes on track by scheduling your events around them. Sometimes a bright tent can make it difficult for baby to go to bed, so hang up blankets to make it darker. If they stay up a little later, hopefully, they’ll sleep through the night a little longer too.
Make Sure Everyone is Fed
The last thing you want to do is run out of food for your baby. If you’re still breastfeeding then you have less to worry about. You can bring formula along and keep it in a cooler. If your baby is eating solids then bring extra bananas, cheerios, or any other favorites.
Make sure you get enough calories too. Camping with an infant takes more energy, so make sure your body is ready to take on the work. Plus, more calories will help prevent you from getting too cold in the night.
Remember, Babies Poop
You will need to manage your baby’s diapers in the wild. Some camping parents like using cloth diapers because they’re easy to clean, hang up to dry, and reuse. However, if you don’t want to hand wash your diapers you can stick to disposable ones, just make sure they scent-free so they won’t attract bears.
You know your baby’s regular bathroom routine so estimate the number of diapers they’ll need then pack a few extra in the event of accidents. After a diaper is spoiled, change and clean your baby, then place the diaper in a plastic bag until you can properly dispose of it.
Relax and Enjoy Your Camping Trip
Don’t overthink having your baby out in nature. They’ll love watching swaying branches, watching the campfire, taking canoe rides, the feeling of the sand touching their feet, and more. Relax and soak it all in with them as an amazing bonding experience.
Also, put your feet up. Pass baby along to Dad for a while so you can have some well-deserved you time.