Many families like to take camping and hiking trips together. This means you could be taking your baby or young child with you to enjoy the freedom of the wilderness.
It might sound like a frightening proposition, but you and your child can still enjoy the great outdoors if you are prepared properly for it.
You might want to stay close to home the first time you take a newborn camping, just in case. It should also be a relatively short trip.
A good trial run would be to pitch a tent in the backyard and see how the baby reacts to a night outside.
When you’re ready for the real thing, make sure you take along everything the youngster needs.
This includes, baby formula, clothing, diapers, toys, a hat, sunscreen and a good first aid kit. You all need to make sure you have a mobile phone or some way of contacting medical services in case of an emergency.
Make sure the child’s food is the same as he or she is used to at home. This isn’t the time to experiment with anything. In fact, recreating the baby’s surroundings at home is a good idea as there won’t be any drastic changes.
If the baby’s used to sleeping with a light on, then it’s a good bet it’ll sleep better with a light on while camping.
You can create some type of play area for the child while on your trip. Depending on their age, you can look for a campground that has a playground for children or a shallow swimming pool. A games room can also come in handy.
Taking a baby or young child camping doesn’t have to be hard work as long as they have everything they need. The main thing is always the youngster’s safety. This means you need to watch your child at all times and be especially vigilant around water and fire.
Let the child explore his or her surroundings and enjoy the freedom a camping trip offers them.