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i know it is safer to keep babe away from cigarette smoke due to sids risk....so is a campfire for a 4 mo ok? i'm going to visit my parents in a month and we always do a little campfire/singalong for the kiddes...is it safe to take her?<br><br>
also...any one have experience camping with a 6 mo-ish babe? tell me about it!
 

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I'm not too sure about the campfire thing, but purely off the seat of my pants I'd say that it'd be fine as long as she's not sitting directly in the smoke it shouldn't be enough to irritate her.<br><br>
As for the camping, I tented with my son when he was 8 months and just did a weekend camp at a lodge with my daughter when she was 5 months. It's so easy to camp with an exclusively breastfed baby! As long as you've got the nursing lying down thing figured out babe probably really won't care where you are as long as she gets her milk.<br><br>
Last month with my daughter, I'd put her to sleep in my CuddlyWrap if she was ready to sleep before I was going to bed. That way she felt at home in the familiar cozy nest and I could still take part in activities.<br><br>
Have fun camping! I'm very jealous as it's still way too cold to do any camping around here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I remember camping with my neice when she was about that age... She had a great time!!! My grandparents had their motor home so it worked out perfect. We brought her exersaucer and she would play outside in that. I think she was in bed while we were around the camp fire.
 

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Just keep your child out of the direct line of the smoke and it should be fine. I took my older ds camping at about 2 months and it was fine. He also went right before his 1st birthday. We do a lot of camping and I'm sure my current baby will be camping this summer and he will be 5-7 months.
 

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We took my 3month old on a camping/car trip from Minnesota to Canada last September. Thank God it was a phase when he was sleeping through the night. (He didn't do this again until he turned 9 months). He was a total trouper and we were just in a tent. I really learned to nurse lying down on this trip as we hadn't really mastered that prior to it. We never left him in line with the smoke fire and I'm sure it was fine.<br><br>
One thing that I learned: It was just my husband and I and we love camping and couldn't wait to take our son. However, we learned that having a baby along cuts down on what both of you can do at one time. ONe does the fun camping stuff - setting up, cooking, putting up the tent, cleaning up - while the other one has to look after the baby. This proved not as much fun for us. Granted - we had a high needs, fussy baby who couldn't entertain himself or fall asleep just anywhere so we were constantly having to engage him. We had him in a sling, bjorn, pack and play, but he didn't want to be put down often and would get very bored. Like I said, it was a godsend that he would sleep through the night, but I felt left out of the fun camping stuff and felt chained to the baby, just as I felt when we were at home.<br><br>
We look back on the trip with fondness, but it's sort of a live and learn thing. It took us too long to accept reality - we got a fussy baby and sometimes, it's just not fun.<br><br>
Hope your trip fends well.<br><br>
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We have taken kids camping from 6 weeks on and it has always gone really well. Just keep the baby out of the smoke and she will be fine. Bring lots of warm stuff for her and be careful about sleeping. Most things you sleep on when camping are not all that safe for baby to sleep on. We have a blow up bed and ds slept on it with us and he was not a sleeper so I didn't worry too much since he was awake all nigth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> With the twins I worried more because they sleep much different and it is harder to be as in tune with 2 babies sleeping with you. I took the port a crib and tried to put them back in it after they nursed. It worked good, but they only woke 1x a night at that point and I think the last one to nurse ended up sleeping with me because I would fall asleep. Have fun!
 

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IMO baby's have so much fun watching the flames.<br><br>
Being a person is not going to be sitting right in the smoke and there all that fresh air compared to cig smoke inside an enclosed structure I dont see a problem.
 

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I say go for it too! I'm sure you're not going to have your babe engulfed in smoke so not to worry. Campfires/fires in general have been around longer than Moses so I think your safe.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That said I haven't actually taken any of my babes camping b/c we don't camp<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Well we do, just not very often. We are actually going to start this summer<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I can't wait. My oldest dd liked camping when we took her about 3 or 4 years ago. Good luck.
 

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thanks so much...all the encouragement has gotten me so excited to introduce dd to the outdoors!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Next weekend DH, Isa and I are going hiking! Thanks for letting me read along with you all and get excited!<br><br>
Can't wait to hug those trees!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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