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Camping and hiking with a baby


Baby Proofing Directory > Outdoor Safety > Camping and Hiking >

Camping with baby can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite a bit of work.

The key is to plan ahead and be open to a change in plans. Some babies are not cut out for the great outdoors, so be willing to head home if the weather turns bad or baby gets fussy.

The following is a list of tips to get you started:

1. As with any activity, never leave your baby unattended. There are lots of things that your baby can explore, and will be tempted to put in their mouths. Unlike your own backyard, you don’t have much control over poisonous plants. So watch your baby carefully.

2. Have a practice trip. Plan an overnight trip close to home, giving your child a chance to get comfortable with the entire process. Most kids will get cranky after a long car ride, so choose somewhere near home in case you have to head home earlier than expected. Always pick a spot that doesn’t have extreme temperatures.

3. Keep your baby protected. Bug spray and sunscreen are a must for little ones in the great outdoors. Hats and long pants are also recommended to minimize exposure to the elements.

4. Pack a first aid kit. This should include tweezers, calamine lotion, antihistamines, band aids, etc.

5. Bring along a play yard. It will keep your baby contained and give you a little more peace of mind.

6. Pack plenty of water and snacks.

7. Pack more than you think you will need. This means more baby clothes, more food, more formula, more diapers etc. That way you are prepared for the unexpected.

Here are the items that you should buy for baby proofing purposes:

Camping Checklist

Gentle Bug spray

Play yard

First aid kit

Water/Fresh Fruit

Sun Screen SPF 50

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