I never thought my husband would be able to convince me to go camping, the mud, the cold, packing away the tent (which always seems to be so hard and stressful). But a few months ago i had a change of heart and decided we could give it a go. We bought a tent and all the gear to go with it and found ourselves in the middle of a field, pitched up, camping with a baby and ready to enjoy the weekend.
At the time Poppy was only 5 months old so i was quite anxious about going camping with such a small baby. I was worried she would get cold and be really unsettled. I found myself checking her temperature regularly just to give myself piece of mind that she was ok. Probably an over reaction here, but it was so hard to judge how cold it would be.
They say you learn a lot from your first camping holiday, like what you need to take and what you really don’t need. We defiantly did. We literally took everything but the kitchen sink. So when we went camping again this past weekend we put what we learnt into practise and took a lot less.
Camping with a child of any age is going to require a lot more planning so here are my 5 top tips for camping with a baby.
Take Ready Made Food.
Poppy is 7.5 months old and having 3 meals a day. To take the stress out of not having a fridge to keep food cold in i decided to buy some ready made Ella’s Kitchen Pouches. There super easy and quick to use and Poppy loves them. This defiantly took the stress out of wondering what to take for Poppy to eat.
To also take the stress out of making bottles we decided to take our Tomme Tippee Perfect Prep Machine. We had an electric hook up pitch this time round which made life so much easier than having to boil a kettle on a mini gas hob. To sterilise the bottles we used a fold away bucket and sterilising tablets.
Use a Baby Carrier.
I love baby wearing, and as there was no room in the boot of our car for the big pushchair so i decided that i would use my Baby K’tan Sling and carry Poppy around. We have a Doona Carseat but its not really appropriate for muddy fields and gravel paths.
Take a Travel Cot.
The floor of a tent can be extremely cold so i wanted to make sure Poppy wasn’t sleeping directly on it. When Aldi had there recent Mother and Baby Event i picked up a bargain travel cot which was perfect as its not big and bulky. You can buy this here. We also took the Sleepyhead Deluxe with us as Poppy seems to love it and i swear its the reason she sleeps so well.
Take a few Toys.
Poppy is defiantly at the age where she doesn’t want to be sleeping all the time, she wants to be playing. So we took a few toys with us to help keep her occupied whilst we wasn’t out walking. I didn’t go mad and pack her entire toy box though.
Keep them warm.
Although we had an electric fan heater, we didn’t want it keep it on all the time so to help keep Poppy warm enough we bought a medium thickness snowsuit for her to sleep in. She wore a vest, baby grow, snow suit and then a 2.5tog sleeping bag. The temperature at night dropped to around 9 degrees centigrade which was pretty cold so this ensured she was nice and toasty.