While many of us are experienced camping with our children, taking babies along can divide opinion. For some, the hassle of packing up all the add-ons that seem to come with having a tiny bub can appear more trouble than what it’s worth. However, here are eight reasons why baby can camp with you.
- They don’t eat much food – if at all! Exclusively breastfeeding mothers have the food covered. For those using formula, ensure you have a thermos on hand to assist with warm water overnight. Sterilising bags are the most slimline way to keep bottle and teats sanitary, or a good old fashioned boil on the billy.
- The will to ensure you see more of your location. This one is for mammas of babies who dislike sleep. Being up and about feeding and settling is actually must less stressful if there is picturesque scenery for you to take in. Seeing some gorgeous sunrises are almost worth the bags under your eyes.
- If they are on the move, they can’t get too far. This doesn’t mean be lax on safety – just take a travel cot or play pen to keep them contained but able to enjoy the outdoors.
- Gives you a perfect opportunity to baby wear. Guaranteed snuggles when you take a baby camping as they typically can’t navigate long walks or uneven terrain – simply strap them in and enjoy having them cosy up to your chest. For the record, most babies are far more acquiescent than a wriggly toddler that wants to bust out of their Karinjo.
- They will help you be present. There is a lot of discussion about ‘being in the moment’ and taking in the sites when you travel. Having a young child on hand that takes pleasure from the small things like blades of grass and the wind rustling leaves helps remind us why we like camping in the first place. It’s not the Instagrammable places or budget-friendly options, it’s simply being in nature. This can actually mean less time planning ‘the best’ places to stay as babies don’t yet need playgrounds or specific kid-friendly locations. This leaves you more time to decide what you will source as your next coast to coast rv part!
- It’s a good excuse to get a blackout tent to help with day naps. They exist and they are wonderful. Better sleep for everyone! As a side note, make sure your mosquito nets are in great quality and in good condition.
- It’s great for immunity. Exposing your baby to a variety of diverse natural environments is fantastic for their health in the longer term.
- Baby clothes are small. This is good because this is the one thing you’ll want extras of on hand. Having layers is good for cold weather but also for containing mess. You might need to peel off outer layers as they explore the outdoors, or change inner layers as a result of a nappy explosion. Or both. Happy camping!