Yup. You read that right. Camping with a newborn – am I crazy? Maybe a little… but I think that taking Basil camping as a wee little three-week-old was good for both him, and Michael & I. It gave us a chance to expose him to something we plan on doing more often as he grows up, and it gave us some time to wind down from all the craziness that is pregnancy, birth, and the newborn phase. So, here are the top 6 things that were essential to making camping with a newborn successful.
#1. Baby wipes
Yes, there are obvious reasons for needing baby wipes such as ya know, diaper changes – BUT, wipes can come in handy for a lot of things. I’ve often said to Michael that even after we’re not changing diapers constantly I’m going to carry a package of wipes with me because they come in handy so often. Anyway, I’ve found that they work wonders in keeping baby cool in the summer heat.
#2. Front pack (or other types of baby carrier)
Lifesaver. Honestly, our front pack comes in handy even at home when I’m trying to make dinner or do other chores around the house, but while camping? It’s awesome. Just plop baby into the carrier and you’re able to go on a hike, or even eat a meal with *wait for it* TWO HANDS!
#3. Normal bedtime routine
If you’re like me, routine with your baby is everything. I like knowing when things are going to happen (like naptime or bedtime) and planning the rest of our daily activities around them if possible. Keeping Basil’s bedtime routine the same even though we were not at home definitely made things easier; I think the predictability can be comforting to babies too.
A thermos might seem like a strange thing to need for a baby, but if your baby is like mine and will only take a bottle warm, a thermos will come in very handy. Having more similarities to being at home like routines and food being how it normally is is super helpful when you’re taking baby to a strange place. (This is probably only necessary if you’re formula feeding or if you mix warm water with rice cereal.)
#5. Plenty of clothes
This one is pretty obvious, but LOTS of clothing changes may be necessary. I definitely over packed because I wasn’t sure what the weather was going to be like, but bringing a variety of clothes like onesies (short and long-sleeved), pj’s, shorts, sweats, etc., was helpful. Maybe more-so for me, but it was comforting knowing that I brought clothes for any situation and Basil would be warm/cool enough no matter what he ended up wearing.
Of course, our phones are always with us nowadays, which comes in handy for the hundreds of pictures, texts, google searches, and snapchat filters, but if you’re like me and didn’t want to splurge on a baby monitor, it’s even better. Michael and I like to use our phones as what we refer to as our “ghetto baby monitor”. This basically consists of using one phone to call the other and leaving one next to baby while keeping the phone you’re holding on mute to avoid waking baby. This is great for a lot of situations like sitting outside while baby is sleeping inside (tent or house), and it gives you the comfort of knowing you can hear when/if you need to help baby get back to sleep.
So maybe these essentials seem like no-brainers, but they were lifesavers for a new mom like me. Two camping trips down for the summer, one to go. I have loved getting Basil out of the house and taking him to new places, and I think it’ll just get more fun the older he gets!
What is essential to outings with your littles?
Thanks for reading!