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How to camp with a baby (5 expert tips)

Camping with a baby may seem like a daunting task, but with a few expert tips, you can make it a fun and enjoyable experience for the whole family. From packing the right supplies to choosing the right campsite, follow these tips and your trip will be smooth sailing!

Choose your campsite wisely

When camping with a baby, it is important to choose a campsite that is close to amenities. This will make it easier to care for your child and ensure that they have everything they need. Diaper changes, for example, will be much easier if there is a bathroom nearby. Likewise, it will be helpful to have access to running water for formula or bottles. In addition, a campsite close to amenities will likely have more activities for small children, which can help keep them entertained. Camping with a baby can be a challenge, but choosing the right campsite can make it much more enjoyable.

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Double up on formula and diapers

When you're packing for a camping trip, it's important to consider the needs of all members of your party, including the littlest ones. If you're bringing a baby, you'll need to pack enough food and diapers to last the entire trip. Formula or baby food can be difficult to come by in the wilderness, so it's best to err on the side of caution and bring more than you think you'll need. The same goes for diapers-you don't want to be caught without a clean diaper in the middle of nowhere. When it comes to camping with a baby, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

And no matter what — don’t forget to pack baby-friendly sunscreen. Even if your little one is nearly completely covered, their hands, head and feet could still get sunburned. Always apply (and reapply) sunscreen and consider packing a soft floppy hat with a neck flap.

Don’t forget the playpen

When you go camping with a baby, it's important to bring a playpen. A playpen will provide a safe space for your baby to play while you're busy setting up camp or cooking dinner. It's also the perfect spot to put your baby down for sleep; a playpen will protect little ones from dirt, bugs, and other potentially harmful elements.

Bring plenty of toys and blankets

Babies can get restless easily, so having a variety of toys to keep them entertained is crucial. Blankets are also essential, as they can be used for naps, diaper changes, or simply snuggling up around the campfire. In addition, it is always a good idea to bring along more than you think you will need. If you think you’ve packed enough, then you probably need just a little more.

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Be wary of water

One of the dangers that you need to be aware of when camping with a baby is water. Whether it's a lake, river or even a pond, you need to take precautions to ensure that your baby doesn't come into contact with the water. The best way to do this is to keep them in a floatation device at all times. This way, if they do end up in the water, they will be able to float and not drown. You should also make sure that you are always within arms reach of them, so that you can grab them quickly if they do end up in the water. It’s also a good idea to keep them inside the playpen when you’re near the water and preoccupied with other activities.

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