Camping is an enjoyable activity that you can do with your family, but adding a baby into the mix calls for additional planning and considerations. However, it does not mean that you should completely abandon the idea. Here are some tips to help you pull this off so you can have a weekend to remember with your family:
Have a Trial Camping at Home
Set up your tent in the backyard and “camp out” at night. It will be an effective way to prepare your kids for what they can expect during your camping trip. It will also be a way for you and your partner to identify what baby essentials to pack for your actual camping trip. During the trial run, you can quickly get back in the house what you don’t have, and it will also give you an idea of what items you will need that you still have to buy.
Search for a Nearby Campsite
It will also be a nice option if you can look for a campsite that is within a reasonable distance from your home, with the idea that you can pack up and go home easily should things not go according to plan. Once you have a good familiarity with camping with a baby, you can start venturing a little farther from your home so you can explore nature around Houston.
Pack the Right Items
Make sure that you have tons of diapers and wipes for your baby. This is one item you should not forget because it can be challenging to look for a nearby store that sells diapers. You will need plenty of wipes because they will be extremely useful during changing times and feeding times. Bring blankets as well. The best blankets for babies would be something thick enough to keep them warm at night. Remember, babies may still find it hard to regulate their temperature, so they must always be kept warm. You should also make sure that you have comfortable clothes for your baby during the day. Pack breathable clothing so your baby won’t feel uncomfortable whatever time of the day.
Bring Portable Items
Aside from clothing, you also need to think about having portable camping gear for your baby so you and your family can have an enjoyable outdoor adventure. Portable items should be easy to set up and pack away and not take up much space. Some of the portable things you may bring include:
- Camping chair
- Pop-up playpen
- Changing mat
- Travel cot
Get a Baby-Friendly Camping Tent
It’s essential that you get a camping tent big enough to accommodate your family plus your baby camping gear. It is also an ideal choice to get a camping tent that has a separate sleeping area so everyone can stay in the tent comfortably.
Choose a Quiet Spot
Babies would sleep most times of the day. Additionally, babies can get cranky and cry endlessly. That’s why it should be a must for parents to choose a spot in the campsite where the baby can rest, and other campers can enjoy their time at the campgrounds. Make sure to pitch your tent away from on-site facilities where most camp goers will flock.
Inform Your Neighbors
It will be taken as a sign of courtesy if you can go out and inform your neighbors that you are camping with a baby. If you prepared earplugs, you could hand them out so they won’t have to suffer in case your baby throws a fit.
Camping with a baby should be easy if you follow these tips. Before you know it, camping with your baby is just another walk in the park.