While a lot of parents are intimidated by the idea of talking babies to camp, there are others who are more daring. The folks at a safe and happy baby have suggestions for how to take your baby on their first camping trip.
The key is to be prepared. While it’s true that taking an infant to camp can be extremely challenging, there are ways to do it and keep your sanity. You might not believe it, but you might even enjoy the experience if you do it right. Here are a few of the main things that you should bring.
- Clothing and accessories
- Feeding stuff
- Bath and toiletries
- Communication gadgets
- First aid kit
No parent worth their salt would leave the house for camp without their bags bulging with stuff. A camping trip is not something to take lightly, after all, you will be leaving the comfort of your home.
This being the case, you need to plan your trip. Know the destination and prepare for all possible eventualities. Making a list of the things that you plan to do and the things that you need to bring is a must.
Choose a destination that is not too far from home and if possible, near a hospital. The reason behind this is that babies can’t stay long in the car and sit still. You have to make sure that your destination won’t eat up your time on the road. If you start your camp with a tired and screaming kid without light to set up camp is the best way to ruin the trip.
Choose a camp site with enough amenities. Flush toilet and a potable running water should be on the top of your list. There are some national parks that are kid friendly. While it might not give you all the adventures that you want as an adult, you have to remember that this camp is not for you. The happiness and safety of your kid are paramount.
Don’t Forget to Feed Your Baby
When you’re caught up in the thick of things, it’s easy to forget to feed the baby. The good thing is, these little ones have a built an alarm system which will inform you when they’re needing something especially food. They will cry to the top of their lungs.
When this happens, it’ easy to guess that you’re already at the brink of your sanity. To avoid this situation, constantly feed your baby with a small amount of food. It’s also a good idea to bring hydration packs to prevent the baby from being dehydrated.
While all these are important, you have to remember also that the baby needs to sleep on the right schedule. Don’t forget nap times to avoid tantrums.
So, do you still find camping with your baby intimidating? Follow these tips and I’m sure you will have a good time with your kids. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.