we just went on our first camping trip as a family with our 4 yo, 2yo and 4mo old sons. it was AWESOME! we also went with 5 other families and between us had 4 kids under 2.<br><br>
we brought along the moses basket, but ds3 slept right in between all of us, just like home. i wore him alot, and during the day he laid on a blanket while we played, cooked, etc. our trip was from friday to sunday morning.
If you're nursing and the baby isn't mobile, it shouldn't be too hard. If the baby is mobile you'll have to choose the site carefully, and if you use bottles you'll need easy and frequent access to clean running water.
Have not done it yet, but our trip is planned for this summer. It's a big family trip & there will be 4 LOs. I'm not anticipating too many problems, just lots of fun - with the right planning!<br><br>
What do you use to sleep on? blankets, sleeping bags, etc? do you use air mattresses? can the baby go on an air mattress? I know young babies should not, but when are they OK to use?
Good timing, I am an outdoor educator and have my first campout tonite since we adopted our now 4 mo. I had planned the campout a year ago before we knew when we would have a baby. It is with about fifteen 8-10 year olds. My husband and I have been going back and forth on whether we should all three campout or whether to leave husband and baby home without me. This has been a really tough decision. I finally decided not to bring the baby, but only because he is still up a few times at nite and will wake the campout kids, which could start middle of the nite craziness. Plus I am responsible for all of those kids and want my focus to be on them.<br>
That said, I think camping with kids is a great idea. Sleeping in a sleeping bag with an infant feels dangerous to me. I would come up with a different solution. THis time of year wont be too cold out.....in most areas
Definitely we took DD camping at 9 months, it was great. It gets harder when they are toddlers.<br><br>
We'll be taking our DD and DS this year, we haven't quite figured our sleeping situation out yet, but it will be fine. A backpack or Ergo is a must have for camping with a baby.
We've taken DD since about 10 months and have always had fun.<br><br>
Sleepwise we have thermarests and sleeping bags. The first time I tucked DD in with me and took a couple of fleece blankets to put over the top. After that we go her own child sized sleeping bag and she slept fine in it. We used to tuck the excess underneath her so she couldn't slip down.<br><br>
Our all in one waterproof suit was great for her crawling round on the damp grass in the morning as she did not want to stay on a blanket.<br><br>
For feeding her we took a booster with a tray, the sort you would normally attach to a dining chair. We used it on the floor but it was great having the tray since she was mostly feeding herself at that age. It also gave us somewhere to contain her while we were busy.<br><br>
One of the best things we've taken is a big plastic box with a lid which the kids can't open easily. It gives us a place put all the stuff we don't want in sight or emptied all over the tent.<br><br>
We did get through more clothes than I thought we would, I don't mind the kids being dirty but they always seem to get wet and therefore cold.
I found a couple of other threads with good info!<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1207288&highlight=camping+baby" target="_blank">Camping with Kids 101</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1197726&highlight=camping+baby" target="_blank">and this one is for slightly older babies</a>
I sure plan on it!<br><br>
FWIW, my mom took me camping for the first time when I was only 3 mo. And my ExMIL took XDH camping when he was only 2 weeks old. Both were BFing co-sleepers back in the 70's, neither of them even thought twice about it or thought it was any kind of a big deal.
We took dd camping for almost a week when she was about 5mos old and it was no big deal at all. It was mostly just more of the same-- sitting around and nursing and holding her all the time. It was a little bit different than a regular camping trip b/c we were camping inside of the Oregon Country Fair and there was a lot going on, but it was still camping. We did have occasional access to showers and didn't have to provide food for ourselves, for the most part.<br><br>
I am due with #2 at the end of June/beginning of July, and I hope to go camping at least a few times this summer. So that'll be interesting! I'm not really worried, though. I love camping, so I'll make it work somehow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> The only thing I dread is all the preparation.
We did camp with a crawling 10m old, but we kinda cheated and stayed in a camper cabin (room with windows/door, electricity and basic beds) I found that doable (we also had lent our tent to a family member!). It was fun with our 4 1/2 yr old and the baby. We took the never used port-a crib for temporay corral when starting the camp fire or doing other dangerous stuff. We also could put a baby gate on the door of the cabin and they could play inside.<br>
We didn't do that MOST of the week or anything but I think it is important to have a place to put them if you need. I imagine inside a tent would be fine.<br><br>
We enjoyed it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
I brought a medium size tub (storage bin) to take to the campsite showers so the baby could have a 'bath'. 10m olds arn't generally good at using an open shower!
Just found this on new posts...and I instantly grinned ear to ear reminicing about all the camping I did with dd when she was wee...<br>
first off we lived in a wall tent from the time she was 4 months, not camping, but the idea of camping wasn't so difficult for me because of this.<br><br>
But her first real camping trip was at 5 months...XH and I took her on a canoe/camping trip. It was fantastic, because she wasn't eating solids yet it was so easy, I just nursed her until her hearts content! She was a cosleeping babe so it was similarily easy to just snuggle into sleeping bags rather than the bed. The only difficulty was the bugs, but as this was in the interior of the arctic...well, I imagine it was more extreme than most places...<br><br>
I can't wait to do similar adventures with this new babe and it's big sister, arriving in Dec!
We did when your youngest 2 were 3 months and just turned 2yrs. It was a blast and went smoothly.<br><br>
The only thing I would do differently is get a bigger tent, we just had a small one that you couldn't stand up in which made dressing difficult lol. I would do it again in a heart beat!
Camping, backpacking, it is all within reach even with a young child (or several, although that does get trickier).<br><br>
DD1(who is 2 1/2 now) had her first backpacking trip at 5 months and they just keep stacking up. With a pick of forethought you can do just about anything. Get the right gear and/or what you are comfortable with and give it a go. Modify from lessons learned and give it a go again.<br><br>
My tips: think multi purpose. No need to bring the entire house. Just let the kid wear a bit dirty clothes. Prepare for all kinds of weather. A carrier is key. I love a great backpack but a Moby or ergo will work well too.<br><br>
We plan to take DD1 and our new DD2 on a backpacking trip in a few weeks. This will be a bit harder with more gear to carry. But we are going less miles and setting our sights on getting outside and the rest will work out.<br><br>
Have fun and don't let anyone tell you this is crazy because it is one of the best gifts you could give your child!
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I used the type of sleeping bag that can lay flat and zip into another- so there is one on top and one on bottom. I think these are usually sold for honeymoon camping, but it worked well for me and the babe.
DH, 10 month old and I are going tent camping in 2 weeks. I am starting to freak out! Hubby and I love camping but this will be the first time with our LO. He is a very fast crawler, pulls himself up and puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. I know it is normal but I am worried about all the dirt and rocks and branches and leaves and bugs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"> .....that he will eat. Is it OK? Do I need to watch his hand to mouth action every second? We are bringing a pack and play but he is not too fond of it. And he is not to fond of being worn either. He wants to move and explore. I am prepairing myself for the fact that he will be dirty from head to toe, I'm just so worried about what he will eat.<br><br>
He is cloth diapered. Anyone have any tips or ideas for the used diapers? We will be camping for 3 days.<br><br>
I just got back from a camping trip with an almost 9 month old. It was much trickier for us than previous posters have said it was for them.<br><br>
DD slept great while we were driving to the national park, and while we drove around in the park. The problem came at night when DH and I were exhausted and DD was SO EXCITED to be in a tent. Every time she went into light sleep, her eyes would flutter open and she'd see the tent and wake up completely. Eventually I pulled our sleeping bag over our heads and nursed her to sleep. I was a little leery that there might not be enough O2 in the sleeping bag, but I kept an opening near our faces and figured as long as I could feel the cool outside air on my face we would be getting enough fresh, oxygenated air. I didn't get a ton of sleep but DD slept great after that.<br><br>
Also, we <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_aHvvIw3wy3s/S_X7LF5MzWI/AAAAAAAAABM/fp9OeOfIOfk/s1600/may+19+104.jpg" target="_blank">this is how we handled</a> campfire and eating. We strapped it on and let her have some sweet potato cooked in the fire. She LOVED it, and so did we.<br><br>
we're going camping with our will-be 4 month old next month. not only that, , we're canoeing! haha, i'm equal parts excited and freaked out. we have a special infant sized lifejacket, it's a fairly short trip on smaller lakes with no portages and we're both competant canoers... so i'm not really worried, on the other hand, if something did happen on the campsite, we'd have to canoe to get help.<br><br>
but really, best to take advantage of camping with an exclusively breastfed, non-mobile infant who will be happy to spend all day in the camp napping if it's really buggy or rainy.<br><br>
i'll report back when we actually pull this off!