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Baby Steps: How to Go Hiking, Camping, and Canoeing with Your Infant or Toddler

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When going camping with the young ones, you should choose a perfect location which is close to where you live. It should be a shady place that has basic amenities such as a bathroom and a baby born camping set.

Baby camping tips

You should start by:

1.      Picking a good location

Most places where adults can go camping are also suitable for toddlers. This includes places like national parks and novoline. These are good places for baby camping because they have amenities such as a play area, a bathroom and other things that are convenient for toddlers.

You should avoid going camping in distant or strange places, especially during the first camping. We also recommend booking early so that you can get a place that is not too close to other camping sites. Being far from other camping sites can make great toddlers’ camping experience since you will not have to worry about noise or what other people are doing.

2.      Get a tent

Ensure the tent you bring is big enough allowing you to have enough space to spread out and even bring in a baby camping chair or any other baby camping gear. Most importantly, be flexible and remember that your camping night with the toddler will be different from your nights at home.

3.      Food

Preparing a baby camping food menu requires a lot but we recommend focusing on something that is simple.

Begin by looking at what you normally feed your baby at home, it is not advisable to introduce new foods during the camping. If the baby is still breastfeeding, then your menu will be very simple. For babies that have already started taking bottled drinks and solid foods, there is still a way of preparing the right menu for them. You only have to ensure that:

Things are clean: The bottles that the baby takes drinks from must be clean. Consider using hot water to sanitize the bottle, you can do this at the camping site. And if you want to mix formula, ensure there is clean water to use.

Carry convenient meals: For babies that eat solid food, we have plenty of options to choose from. Consider options such as squeeze packets with pureed fruits, they can also have some vegetables that do not need refrigeration. And if the child is able to eat finger foods, consider carrying foods like soft fruits, beans, avocado, and scrambled eggs.

4.      Dressing

Ensure to carry any clothes that you feel will help you and the baby adapt to new weather during camping. The right dressing will make the baby feel comfortable and will enjoy camping. The tips that you should follow are:

a)      Dressing the child in layers: This is similar to what people put on during the day, determine the layers that the child can use in case the weather changes. You will require a base layer that goes with the skin, a middle layer that brings warmth and an outer one that will protect the baby from rain and wind.

b)      Cotton should be avoided: During baby camping under nice weather, you will be able to use the clothes you always use at home. However, if you are expecting the weather to be wet or cold, it is advisable to carry clothes that are made from wool or synthetics. Such clothes are great at insulating and they dry faster than cotton. If the weather is cold, we recommend using items such as socks, insulated jackets, and fleece pants. If you expect rain, consider carrying a shell jacket and if you expect sun, long-sleeved shirts and pants that allow air in and out easily are recommended.

c)      Avoid overdressing: We recommend checking the weather forecast first to help you determine how you will dress the baby when it comes to sleeping time. Knowing the weather will help you tell the number of layers a baby will need to sleep comfortably. If it will be too cold, ensure your baby camping sleeping bag has cozy clothes or something that will warm you and your baby when you sleep.

d) Diapers are a must: Diapering babies should be done during camping just the same way it is done when at home. And if the baby normally uses cloth diapers you do not need to introduce different ones when outdoors. Also, ensure to carry a bag where you can keep dirty cloth diapers until when you get home to wash them.

5.      Prevent bugs and sun

We discourage sunscreen and bug repellent when it comes to children who are under six months old. Instead, find other protections ways, for instance, you can wear pants and long-sleeved tops, you can use an umbrella to prevent the sun and you can put on a bug net. For the baby also ensure you limit exposed body parts by dressing him/her in socks, hat, and warm clothes.

We additionally recommend deterring insects by putting on head nets, lighting candles or even setting up a screened-in shelter.

Conclusion: Those are the best tips for taking a baby camping, especially if you are going baby camping for the first time; please ensure to follow our tips. Also, feel free to write to us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this topic.


Author bio: Rich is also a new parent. He has gone baby camping and what he shared here is what helped him have a great experience. He loves kids so much and that is why he wants to see other parents having a great camping time with babies.

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