Camping with a baby? Wondering what baby camping gear you might need? Worried it will be stressful or you’ll forget something essential?
Fear not, because I’ve been camping with my kids since they were as young as 2 weeks old!
In fact, in the picture above, that’s my daughter’s SECOND season of camping – she’s about 10 months old in the photo! So, yes, camping with a baby is totally possible!
1. Portable Crib or Pack and Play
Ingenuity Smart and Simple Packable Portable Playard with Changing Table - Ridgedale
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This is my #1 supply to bring because you definitely will want to make sure your baby has a safe and comfortable place to sleep and play.
I used a Pack N Play with all of my kids because it doubled as a crib AND a playpen. It’s very helpful to be able to put the baby there for nap time and while you are cooking around the campfire.
Another good thing to bring is a net that goes over the portable playpen. This can help cut down on any mosquitos and other insects getting into the crib.
Most pediatricians do not recommend putting on any harsh mosquito or insect repellents on baby’s skin. Even all natural solutions for infants are usually not recommended until after age 6 months or older. If your pediatrician advised the same, these nets are a great idea!
2. An Awesome Stroller With Off-Road Wheels
There are a bazillion kinds of strollers out there, but one thing I’ve learned when camping with kids is the right stroller can make a huge difference!
The most important factor in a stroller for camping is the wheels. You want to make sure the wheels have some “bounce” to them and are able to successfully navigate over gravel, rocks, mud, and sand without too much trouble.
3. A Canopy Tent to Protect From the Sun
A camping canopy is essential if you want to have some shade while you are enjoying the outdoors. Keeping your little one protected from the sun is very important. This is especially true if your child is under 6 months old and too young for sunscreen yet.
When our kids were little, we used our camping canopy tents all the time to protect them in the shade. Some campgrounds are a lot shadier than others. If you know you will be in a sunny spot while camping, it’s a very good idea to invest in one that allows you to attach sides for additional shade.
4. Portable High Chair
Everybody knows a baby has to eat! A portable high chair can be a wonderful thing if your child is old enough to sit on their own and eat baby foods. This makes it much less messier and easier than trying to feed a baby who’s sitting on your lap.