Summertime comes with fun family activities. One relatively inexpensive way to spend time together as a family is camping. Camping can be a great time to relax and commune with nature. If you have a little one, camping may seem a little more stressful than it normally would be. It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming, stressful experience. Here are 7 tips for camping with babies that will help ease the stress and help things go more smoothly.
7 Tips for Camping with Babies
Planning ahead is very important
As soon as you decide you want to go on this camping adventure start planning. Look for campsites that are family friendly. The camping site is a vital component of a successful family camping trip.
Make a list of all the vital items you need to bring
Making a list of all the vital items you need to bring will help ease your stress. Make sure you include all of the normal camping equipment you need and all of the baby items you need. Bring along extra of the disposable items like diapers and wipes.
Bring along any baby equipment to help with your little one
It’s a good idea to bring along any baby equipment to help with your little one. It may seem like a lot more stuff to pack, but items like a portable playpen and a travel size highchair can be extremely valuable. There will be times when you need to put your little one down and need a safe place to put him or her, you’ll be glad you brought it along.
Don’t forget items that help soothe your baby
Don’t forget to pack items that help soothe your baby, like pacifiers and toys to keep them occupied. Don’t forget items like sunblock, and bug spray, to help fend against the elements and insect world. Your baby has very delicate skin and you want to be sure to protect it.
Enlist any extra help you may need
If you feel like you may need extra help ask a family member or friend to join you. It is better to have extra help, then not enough help. You will be glad for the extra pair of eyes and hands to help in a crunch.
Start packing early and with your list
Don’t wait until the last possible minute to start packing. If you start early you won’t feel stressed out, and accidentally forget something important. You can pack certain items in advance that aren’t one-of-a-kind items like extra diapers, wipes, blankets, bottles, toys, and clothes. The more you pack ahead of time, the less you’ll have to worry about as your camping trip approaches.
Keep your babies best interests first
Keeping your babies best interests in mind should be your main priority. Sometimes plans have to change and trips cut short because of medical or emotional reasons. Remember, camping with any child but especially infants, you need to remain flexible. It is better to spend less time camping if the last half is going to be miserable for everyone.
Planning ahead, bringing any necessary equipment, making a list, and bringing along any extra help you need can help you, and your family have a fun and safe camping experience. Remaining flexible with your plans and changing them when necessary, will ensure that everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable camping trip.