Camping with a baby requires some essential items and need-to-know tips. To help you prepare for your camping adventure in the forest, take a look at these top 11 tips and must-have items that will make your trip easier and enjoyable.
1. Do a ‘camping with a baby' trial run
Pitch up your tent in your back garden and try a night outdoors. It’s a great way to road test your upcoming trip and figure out what baby camping gear you'll need. You may even need a baby-friendly tent (see tip 7).
The great thing is, if you forget something while you’re in your back garden, you can pop back into the house and get it, but you know you’ll need it when camping properly. A trial run will also help you to figure out any items you don’t have but will need to purchase.
2. Choose a campsite close to home
If it’s your first time camping with a baby, choosing a campsite close to home is a good option, just in case things don’t go according to plan. You can pack up and quickly return to home comforts, without having to worry about travel times.
You can always venture a little further on your camping trips when you get the hang of camping with your little one.
3. Pack plenty of nappies, nappy sacks, and wipes
Nappies weigh nothing when they’ve not been used so pack plenty. Equally, pack plenty of nappy sacks to dispose of used nappies quickly. You will need plenty of wipes too because you will use them for more than just changing time. They’re handy to have at feeding time, too.
4. Pack portable ‘everything’
Portable baby camping gear will make your outdoor adventure much easier. Items that are quick to set up and take down are a great time and space-saver. Here’s some essential, portable gear you will need when camping with a baby:
5. Pack ‘breathable’ clothes for baby
Babies can’t regulate their temperature well and will get sweaty during the day, especially if attached to mum or dad in a carrier. At night they can quickly cool down and will need to be clothed to keep warm. Either scenario requires ‘breathable’ clothing.
On a hot day, dress your baby in light clothing and on a cool night, start light, but add layers as needed. It’s advised that you pack a baby sleeping bag, some mid-weight sleeper suits, a hat and some baby mittens for those cooler nights.
6. Pack baby’s comforter and their favourite toy(s)
Soothing your baby while camping can be made easier if your baby has a comforter or favourite toy that helps to settle them. It gives them a little bit of familiarity when in a camping environment. Don’t forget to pack a dummy, blankets or cuddly toys, whatever it may be that puts your baby at ease.
7. Get a baby-friendly tent
Camping with a baby requires a tent that’s roomy enough to store your baby camping gear and sleep the family! Be mindful of how many your tent sleeps, and make sure it has plenty of space outside the sleeping areas to ensure that you get the best family tent for your trip.
8. Choose a quiet pitch on the campsite
To prevent your baby from being disturbed, or disturbing other campers, try and pitch your tent as far away from on-site facilities as possible. This will help you and your fellow campers enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.
9. Get to know your neighbours
Chat with your camping neighbours to give them the ‘heads up’ that you’re camping with a baby. No parent should have to justify or be made to feel guilty about bringing their baby camping. You could bring packs of earplugs and hand them out to your fellow campers as a considerate gesture.
10. Make sure mum is comfortable
Feeding a baby whilst camping can be uncomfortable, so make sure Mum has everything she needs to make feeding time a little more relaxing. A sturdy camping chair and cushions are certainly worth packing.
11. Don’t stress
Babies can pick up on signs of stress from their parents, so keep calm and remember that your baby is extremely adaptable and resilient. Rather than trying to get them to fit around your camping routine, you will need to adjust your camping style to suit your baby’s needs. Whatever happens, keep it fun!
Our family-friendly campsites are a haven for new parents and make camping with a baby stress-free. We invite you to enjoy a forest camping adventure with your little one and introduce the next generation to the wonder of Britain’s woodlands. We look forward to seeing you!
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