5 things to know before taking a baby camping for the first time
Now that flying isn’t the means of travel many parents are willing to take and we are spending much more time outside, camping is the perfect solution to getting away without the stress of flying or staying at someone’s home or hotel. The Summer season makes us think about activities outside with camping topping the list.
For parents that are considering camping for the first time with their baby or young child there might be lots of questions. We are here to tell you that is completely normal. What do I need to keep my baby safe while camping? Where is my baby going to sleep? What do I need to pack? Might be some of your questions. The team at KidCo has selected some of our favorite gear, tips, and advice to help get you started with your family’s first camping trip!
Where should my baby sleep?
One of the hardest parts about being a parent is making sure that everyone gets a quality night’s sleep. Being outside and having few lights can add to the difficulty. We recommend making a solid plan in advance. Even if your baby sleeps in a crib at home, we have found that our PeaPod Plus Travel Bed is the perfect choice when camping. Your baby will have their own space while being protected from the outside elements. During the day, baby can nap next to you while you relax or read a book. In the evening, you can easily bring it inside your tent for a secure space for baby to sleep. We also recommend having a night-light or flashlight handy just in case you need something during the night when it can be quite dark.
Where can my baby relax during the day?
It’s a beautiful day and all you want to do is sit by the fire or fish by the lake. Here’s where you run into a couple problems – your baby doesn’t want to sit on your lap or in your arms, and you don’t want to put them on the ground because of the dirt and bugs. If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend having something like our GoPod® Travel Activity Seat to have your baby sit comfortably and stay entertained. KidCo’s activity seat offers the perfect eye level for your baby to see what’s around them, they won’t miss out on any of the fun! While you get to enjoy your surroundings, your baby will have a good time too.
How do I keep my baby entertained?
While camping it is important to enjoy the simple pleasures of nature. With that in mind, there is no need for any distractions from screens or any other devices. Gazing up at the sky and just taking in the beautiful view is a great way to feel the joy that nature brings. This is why we love our The KidCo BouncePod while camping. Bouncer is the first lightweight portable travel bouncer that sets up in an instant to provide comfort and security for your baby. The cushioned headrest is adjustable, and the machine washable padded seat cover has a net backing that provides added comfort for your baby. It’s perfect for letting your baby look up at the birds or clouds while using their imagination!
How can you maximize the gear you bring?
It is inevitable to feel like you need to bring your entire house when you go camping – especially with a baby. While camping, it is extremely important to only take what’s actually necessary for both you and your baby. To maximize space and keep it simple, we love our TravelPod Plus® Travel Play Yard because it doesn’t take up much room and it does exactly what you need it to do. The Travel Play Yard can be used not only during the day, but also at night. Camping gear is all about flexibility and functionality.
How can your baby stay protected from the sun?
The sweltering summer sun can be a lot for every family member. We think it is especially important to keep your baby’s skin in mind. It is very necessary that your baby has a protective hat and a really good sunscreen on. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that all kids should be wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Also, “The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for any extended outdoor activity. Regardless of the SPF, though, it’s important to apply one ounce (two tablespoons) 30 minutes before going outside and reapply it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.”