Thursday, June 16, 2016

Camping with a Baby

We are still learning about this whole camping thing! We just began the journey this season and so far our family loves it. 

Our older two boys have so much fun out  riding their bikes, fishing, and meeting new friends at the campground. 

Our baby who is 8 months old now is learning that camping is fun too :)

He has went right along with camping. However, the hardest part have been the naps. He is a baby that likes to be put down in his bed and fall asleep. I have been taking his pack and play along and I find a big shade tree near our campsite and he takes his naps there. Sometimes he goes right down, and other times its not as easy. 

Here are 5 suggestions for you if you are camping with a baby. 

1. Take a pack n play. It will save your life! Most campgrounds are rocky, or hard concrete and baby will have a safe place to play and then sleep if needed. 

2. Take your stroller. Take a lot of long slow walks! Take time to slow down and enjoy your baby and other children. 

3. Use that stroller as a high chair when eating outside. When we pack, it fills like we are packing up the whole house so I am trying to limit things. Instead of taking the high chair, I use the stroller with the tray as we are outside and feed the baby there. 

4. Get baby used to a sink bath. If you normally use the big tub with the little bath tub then do some practice runs in the kitchen sink first. We have a pop up camper so we have a little sink. That is where we bath the baby. This is how he knows he's supposed to be ready for bed for the night. A nice warm bath in the sink. 

5. Find a large sun hat and lots of sunscreen! This is something so important to do each morning before going on any walks or bike rides with baby. You don't realize how hot that morning sun can be until your baby has very red cheeks. Use that sunscreen a lot during the day and keep on that big sun hat. 

Hope you and your family are having an amazing time camping this summer. It is such a relaxing and memorable hobby. My older boys have cried each time we have left the campground. I am telling on them, but it just shows me how much they love it and don't want the fun to end. 

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