If there’s one truth in life it’s that having a baby changes us forever. There are all sorts of new things to learn and challenges to overcome, and camping is no different. Whereas the gear used to be minimal and the packs used to be light, now you need to bring plenty of supplies to keep the entire family happy. No worries, because this week we’re here to give you a few quick tips on camping with infants. While it may seem crazy, it’s absolutely possible, and we’re here to help. Read on!
Suffice to say you probably shouldn’t backpack through the Yukon for a week while carrying an infant. In fact, everyone will be a lot happier if you’re all comfortable. This may mean foregoing the tent for a cabin or skipping the canoe trip. Luckily, there are still plenty of activities you can all enjoy together. Just try not to do too much when you have a baby onboard.
It may sound counterintuitive but camping with a baby that is less than a year old can be much easier than with a two-year old. When children are able to run around, they do. When they’re young the menu gets simplified and they tend to sleep in the carrier when you’re hiking. You can certainly bring your three-year old camping, just know your hikes will probably be shorter and you’ll need to be alert of where they are at every step.
You probably know all the supplies your child needs for your trip, but it’s best to make sure your kid is healthy and eating normally before you go. The last thing anyone wants is sickness on a camping adventure. Bring a first-aid kit, Tylenol and plenty of games. If your child is teething or going through a growth spurt it may be best to postpone the trip. Keep your adventures short until everyone knows what they’re getting into.
Perhaps back in the day you ventured into the deep wilderness for days at a time, but now that you have a baby onboard it’s far better to be near civilization. You want to be near easy-access drinking water and an aid station, and you won’t believe how much you’ll be craving a grocery store. Also, campsites with plenty of grass and activities for kids are great compared to roughing it on a gravel patch in the middle of nowhere.
Let Your Child Enjoy Nature
In our opinion we should all be bringing up kids with a great appreciation for the outdoors, and it starts when they’re very young. Let them have fun and play outside, hang out with you by the campfire and wade with you in the creek. Kids are more resilient than we often give them credit for. Remember, people have been camping with children for thousands of years. Let them enjoy it.
Please let us know if you have any infant camping tips in the comments. Be sure to visit us at MidwestOutdoorResorts.com or call (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help plan your next kid-friendly camping adventure at any of our resorts today. Happy exploring!