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Camping With A Toddler


With summer finally here we have been coming up with ideas on what to do and where to go over the next few months. I want to take Amelia to experience as many places as possible and camping is one of the things we both want to do. I have been camping many times as a child. Both my parents are outdoor lovers and we were dragged along on countless camping trips. As I have a thorough knowledge of camping I thought I would share some tips on taking a baby or toddler camping, of course we haven't been yet but I have a rough idea on what we will be taking with us.

Choosing somewhere to camp

You will want to choose somewhere that you think is safe and family friendly. This may be completely out in the wild or at a campsite. Many campsites offer family bathrooms, baby changing facilities, restaurants, play areas, shops and laundry service. 

Feeding baby/toddler

If your are breastfeeding you will find it much easier. Breastfeeding is extremely convenient and you don't need to carry anything. No sterilising bottles, mixing formula. Although if your baby is bottle-fed not to worry! Many places do cater for families and will have facilities where that you can use. Also you will more than likely have a stove with you to boil water so you will be fine. For older babies on solids if they eat what you eat you will be fine, if they are just starting solids ensure your food is cooked through and mash it down. Ella's kitchen food pouches will also come in handy too, much easier than cooking for the little one too. Ensure you clean everything thoroughly with sterilised water and tablets. Don't worry too much, a little dirt won't do any harm and is actually quite good for them. But having wet wipes on standby will make you feel at ease.

Sleeping

You may be thinking where will my baby sleep in the tent? It's entirely up to you if you are used to co-sleeping then this would be the easiest option, ensure you have plenty of layers underneath baby such as camping mats to keep the coldness out and plenty of blankets and a baby sleeping bag would come in great use. If you don't like the idea of co-sleeping then perhaps invest in a small travel cot if you have a big enough tent.

What to pack?

Packing for yourselves can be a hassle let alone packing for a baby! You will have all of your own camping gear, tent, cooking equipment, sleeping bags, toiletries and clothes. If you are looking for outdoor wear such as fleeces, base layers, hats or footwear night gear have a fantastic range especially if you aren't too sure on what clothing you may need. They even have a well thought out military kit selection which would be great for camping especially with kids if you were wanting to do outdoor activities.

If you have a travel booster highchair that would be a great option to take or you could feed your baby in a pushchair. Don't forget to pack plenty of layers for your little one including many blankets and coats. It can get very chilly quickly in the evenings. Bring plenty of toys to keep your baby or toddler entertained, bring some new toys that they haven't seen before and of course bring their favourite ones too.

You may also need:

A travel cot/moses basket
Feeding equipment (bowls, spoons etc)
Snacks
Bedding
Night light/Comforter
Toddler reins
Nappies and wipes
First aid kit and medicines
Baby bath wash and towels.
Suncream
Mosquito net
Baby carrier
Pushchair
Potty
Rain cover
Pop up tent/paddling pool great for washing baby
Clothes for every weather

If you are still having doubts about camping with your children, perhaps try camping in your back garden first. That way you can have a practice run!

Have you taken your baby camping? Do you have any tips to share?

115 comments

  1. Wow. I never thought to go camping with my daughter (I didnt even realise you could! haha!) I shall be keeping it in mind :)

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  2. I still feel uneasy about camping with my toddler. It's the weather in the UK. Could get randomly cold, wet and muddy no matter what time of year

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  3. we are going to go first time this year!

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  4. You are brave! I want to (thought about going to Bestival) with our brood but I'm literally terrified. Might have to practice in the back garden ;)

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  5. For a first trip don't go too far from home.

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  6. We went to camp bestival last year and loved it. Was so much fun camping. We all slept on a mattress together. Also packing some foam floor tiles makes a softer floor for little knees in the tent.

    Maxandmummy.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. My kids would love camping - never been yet though!

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  8. don't think i'm brave enough to go camping yet but planning to camp in the back garden with eldest soon :)

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  9. We've been camping for years and didn't stop when we had kids! It comes from my childhood and having been taken camping abroad from the age of six months!

    Laura H

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  10. I dont think i could take Millie, not when it can get so cold in a tent :(

    xx

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  11. Love camping, not so sure with a a baby in tow, it's hard enough work as it is lol!

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  12. My only worry is baby crying whole night and keeping whole camp site awake..

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  13. Yay - the fussy toddler loves camping - we're off this weekend, fingers crossed for sunshine!

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  14. You are rather brave! At that age I'd have been worrying about mine escaping in the middle of the night without me seeing!

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  15. I'd be way too panicky to try - (if I had kids, even). I was not the best camper myself as a kid, although I would enjoy it. But I suppose maybe there's a lot more to be scared about camping out in the Australia bush!

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  16. I never took my son camping when he was a baby/toddler. Probably from about the age of 4 onwards. We just did things very slowly and weren't too ambitious. Tried to involve him in the camping tasks.

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  17. I have never gone camping with my son and I think I would be really bad at it!

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  18. I haven't done camping with my girls ( 6 and 2 ) as that list you just wrote puts me off- all i think is the stress!! lol They have however gone with the grandparents and loved it! my 2 year old who was 1 at the time slept on an air bed and thought it was hilarious apprently! haha hope you enjoy your experience! :)

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  19. great article - we love camping but have yet to take our 2 little ones, will be soon cant wait! they will love it!

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  20. My hubby keeps trying to getme to take the camping with him and i have to say i have been reluctant but after reading this it seems it is possible

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  21. We have talked about camping but I have always thought My son was too young time to think again x

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  22. Wow i would have never thought about taking my child camping incase they got scared during the night.

    But i'm glad your family enjoyed it

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  23. I love going camping with my boys, they love it

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  24. We take our daughter camping and she sees it as a real adventure

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  25. Such a great list!!! We are die hard campers. I have 3 boys and they start their camping trips from 4 months old. I know really young. But they have all seriously been amazing experiences. we have done tents in the past and now have a trailer which makes things 100% better!!! Have fun on future trips!!!

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  26. went camping last weekend for the first time and it was a fantastic experience the kids loved it!!!

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  27. what a gorgeous family you have xx

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  28. I was never brave enough to take mine so kudos too you! I thought it would be too hard work. Wish I'd tried now

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  29. We grew up camping, it's always great fun for the kiddos!

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  30. You're brave for going camping with such a little one! We might try sleeping in a tent in the yard this summer :)

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  31. I have never been camping but Thomas really wants to go so thinking we may brave it in the summer. Thanks for the lists and advice, they'll come in handy.

    I'm a co-host of the Friday Chaos blog hop and have popped over to follow you :-)
    www.adventuresofayorkshiremum.co.uk

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  32. as Jake hates sand, beaches are a nightmare so camping would be ideal

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  33. I never took my kids as toddlers camping thought it would be too stressful :S

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  34. Some great advice there, I think more people should go camping. They don't know what there missing :-)

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  35. That's a really handy list, I was never brave enough to go camping with my little ones. But we did go in a caravan last year, I was so worried about the cold that I sat the moses basket on top of several blankets before putting it on a unit.
    I liked having the luxury of being able to heat a bottle whenever I needed, even in the middle of the night.

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  36. would like to give camping ago when the better weather comes,can borrow my brithers family tent anytimex

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  37. Sounds great fun! :)

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  38. My sort of camping is the old fashioned way. Hiking for miles with our flak jackets on and heavy bergins on our backs. Tents being pitched, using water from the local stream, cooking in your mess tin over a roaring fire...love it. Something I will do with my children at some point!

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  39. We have taken Abi, who's 3, several times in the past, always in the UK and have never had issues with her getting cold - just need to be prepared and layer well. She loves it, so we're taking her to her first music festival in August.

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  40. I don't know. I'm not a massive camping fan myself, but I could be convinced of doing the whole glamping thing and then I'd take Amy along ;)

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  41. We have been invited to go camping, but I have been feeling aprehensive about accepting the invitation but after reading this I might actually go!

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  42. Not a fan of camping myself! Last time I went the tent flooded!

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  43. I am defo not brave enough to go camping with my brood!!

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  44. We are going glamping in August so found this useful

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  45. Great advise, just what I needed as we plan on camping with all our young kids this summer for the first time, Thank you :-)

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  46. I absolutely love camping, although I didn't go when my children were toddlers!! very brave indeed. Now they are bigger though we all thoroughly enjoy it.

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  47. i have always wanted to take my kids camping but always thought it would be hard with a toddler but your advice as really helped me :) thanks

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  48. i have always wanted to go camping with my kids. altho my daughter dont like the dark atm so think i would have to wait a few years lol

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  49. We are going camping in Pitlochry in August with my 12,7 and 3 year old daughters for the first time so found the advice very useful Thank You!

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  50. Love camping, started with my own children when they were babies, now progressing to Grandchildren. Find it more high tech now though (mobile phones and laptops need charging lol). Still the fresh air does them good :)

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  51. You are one brave mama to take your toddler camping. Than again, I'm just not a camper. I'll do it, but it is no biggie with me. Great post, by the way--lots of sound advice.

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  52. I'd love to, but would worry too much i think!

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  53. Definitely not brave enough to go with my toddler

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  54. I definitely don't think I'd be confident enough to go!

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  55. I also dont think I could handle it :(

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  56. I think I might brave camping with the Baby In Red this August! :)

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  57. id love to take my boys camping but i think it will be better when there a bit older

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  58. Sounds like it needs the planning of a military operation.

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  59. ooh camping with little ones just scares me!

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  60. Thank you for this, I'm not a massive fan of camping but my partner absolutely loves it, so it could be very useful to know all this one day!

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  61. Wow, taking your little one camping is very brave in my opinion. I absolutely hate camping, I must be honest and am very, very reluctant to do it.....I like a little creature comfort, and the thought of taking my little baby girl camping would for me be just a nightmare!

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  62. My kids love to camp out in the back garden, I never felt confident enough to go further than that with them @mandsmanc

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  63. would love to take the wee ones camping as long as we get some dry weather :)

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  64. I would like to take my daughter camping. We've never been together as a family.

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  65. camping is great for little ones!

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  66. I would be nervous camping with my toddler but he would love it

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  67. Ohhh I don't agree with camping from a young age, but that's just me! :)

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  68. my little one would love to go camping but i actually hate it! x

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  69. A great adventure for a little one! Great list - absolutely vital if going camping.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  70. Sounds like great fun, but I'm really insect and arachnophobic which totally puts me off camping!

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  71. We take our boys away in our caravan but I would love to try camping, great fun whatever age.

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  72. YOLANDA DAVIS; yoeydavis@yahoo.co.uk

    awwww, so cute. i love next

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  73. We're thinking of going glamping - I like to be comfortable!

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  74. No, I went camping with my daughter for the first time when she was 8, in 1999. We went to the Lizard Peninsula to see the eclipse, all camping gear and us both on my motorbike. Seems crazy now. The clouds cleared for us to see totality, magic.

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  75. Would love to try camping with my little one but he won't sleep anywhere apart from his cot at the moment. Fab post with some great tips!

    Hele

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  76. Camping with toddlers is easier than you think - mine embraced just being outdoors permanently!

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  77. lots of stuff to take, but i guess its worth it)

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  78. Your so much braver than me!! I think we would have to invest in a trailer - we always seem to have a fully packed car when just going to the caravan!!

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  79. Logistically it looks like a great challenge!

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  80. camping is always a good idea :)

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  81. Sounds like hard work lol! xx

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  82. you are brave i would worry about bugs and my baby getting wet and cold :0

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  83. I don't think mine would be well behaved enough for this!

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  84. I have never been camping, after reading this I might consider it :)

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  85. I have never been camping, i think when my other little lady who is 3 months old becomes a toddler I may look into a little trip :)

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  86. I'm afraid camping is not for me either with or without children - I like my home comforts too much-- You are a braver person than me!!

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  87. I think camping would be a stretch too far for me now, I like my comforts!

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  88. My 4 year old daughter loves camping, she sees it as an adventure

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  89. I'm way too scared of those critters with 8 legs to do camping. I also think you are brave to do this, but is probably a good thing to do, to get the children used to the outdoors before they've had a chance to learn about phobias and home comforts.

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  90. I'm not sure I'd take my granddaughter camping, my daughter took her and it was a bit of a nightmare where the toilet was concerned as she was just out of nappies and she had quite a few accidents

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  91. We love camping - my kids say they love camping holidays better than going abroad in luxury accommodation x

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  92. Sue Jackson (suz@cooldark.com)3 July 2013 at 20:07

    Fab article, I love camping. :)

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  93. I'm impressed you'd even consider it!

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  94. Would definitely have to practice in the garden first!

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  95. We have yet to go camping! It's on the to do list! x

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  96. Some great tips. I'm not a camper. I prefer a caravan LOL

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  97. great tips you are very brave

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  98. I never thought about camping with a toddler but it sounds like a great idea and lots of fun!

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  99. I think you're very brave camping with a little one!

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  100. Great idea! I love camping myself and I think the kids would enjoy it

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  101. I have many happy memories of family camping holidays! I would love to take my grandchildren camping but medical needs for me mean that it would be difficult and very costly to do so now.... my daughter is keen to get things together to go camping tho so the children will still gain the wonderful experience

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  102. it just shows you can still go camping with very young children,i fancy trying it now

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  103. I camped when both my 2 were toddlers. They loved it. If you chose your campsite well, it's a great environment for kids

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  104. I don't like camping, I much prefer a caravan holiday x

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  105. Thinking of going this weekend with our 19 month old. Interesting opinions from posters, not sure if I feel intrepid or crazy for considering it now! xx

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  106. Camping is always fun when especially you have to improvise because we forget something at home.

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  107. I LOVE taking my kids camping. It builds so many memories! What a beautiful camping trip here! I can’t wait to bring this recipe next time I go camping,I hope that you are having a great time – can’t wait to hear about your adventures! thanks for sharing! Beautiful blog too…love the name

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  108. Jonathan A. Bish14 July 2016 at 08:35

    I really love go camping with my children and my family, we love it. Thank you for sahring!

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