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.
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.
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)
Nappies and wipes
First aid kit and medicines
Baby bath wash and towels.
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?