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Old 08-26-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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Question Camping with a newborn

We're expecting our first child (a little boy) in the first week of October. I know that when we start camping again is largely up to DW (new mommy), but I want to make sure it's as easy for her (and for me) as possible. And I want to be ready to go when she says it's time. I think we'll probably try a "camp driveway" again at some point just to shake things out.

Do/have any of you camped with a baby on board? What mods or equipment did you find particularly helpful? Which ones should I ignore? What stories or anecdotes do you have that I might learn from? Any other bits of sage advice from the group on this, our newest adventure?
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:27 AM   #2
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I would say a pack-n-play is a must have. Most of them have the ability to set the bed in the raised position, and have a changing table that hangs on the side.

We have never used one in the camper, but we did use it when we went tent camping and when we staying in hotels.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:31 AM   #3
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Can't help you out on this one. We left the kid with granny so WE could have a vacation!!
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:33 AM   #4
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we did it in our pup. Had a screen room that we brought with us. Laid a tarp down for the base. Gave us a great shaded 10x10 play structure for her to crawl around in.
Just make sure of this one very important thing. Babies cry and sometimes cry a lot. Make sure you do everything to keep him/her quiet. IMO babies are slightly worse than a barking dog.
We made sure our daughter was quiet and if she didn't settle down it was in the car and away for a drive.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:35 AM   #5
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It was 39 years ago when we took our son at 3 weeks and i'm lucky to remember what we did yesterday so I'm no help...
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:36 AM   #6
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My kids have camped every year of their life, mind you they are only 4 & 6 and may babies, but we waited a couple months before going. Just normal routine, but things to make it easier, looks like you have a trailer so your pack-n-play should fit somewhere, and you have your own bathtub just let him have a clean place to play around outside take a baby bjorn for hiking and have fun. Don't wait for him to get a little older, get out there and camp. My sister took her daughter at about 1 month.

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Old 08-26-2014, 09:37 AM   #7
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We did have some crying issues, but just through them in the car and go for a drive.
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LOL, so true!
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:06 AM   #9
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Having gone through this with mine here is what I did. Use it all or take what you need.

Pack n play for sure. Some models fit better than others like the basinet version is narrower and it fit in my settee with the table out. Jayco has the lowering table so I put a 1 x 12 which I routed the edges off and with the table lowered made a nice bed with a solid rail for them to lay down in. Once they were mobile I moved them to the lowest bunk with pillows on the floor in front and a small rail with open ends to keep them from rolling out. If they climb, and they will, I found it safer to allow for a passage than having them trying to scale the wall.

Second and most important IMHO is the screen door. Get a door grate for the lower portion and mount it. Then get a dead bolt to latch it closed. When they crawl all through the unit and push on the door that little plastic latch will give and allow them to tumble down the stairs.

After that it's a matter of your own personal needs such as feeding which we carried a small folding high chair with us that we picked up in Target for $30. Do the same as you would at home and get down on your knees and crawl around to see where the hazzards are and plug up the outlets that might be within reach. Move knives and chemicals up to high places like at home.

Kids are going to cry and if you have had them you know the routine. There is only so much you can do sometimes. We brought ours inside if it was a lot and do still to this day when there is melt down, but it's part of the deal and we get it having been there. When we here one DW looks at me and says "remember that?"

Good luck on your journey and enjoy it as it comes and goes. I think the harder part is the travel to and from where you will want to limit your miles. That's the hardest part IMHO since you need to stop a lot! Keep it more local until you get a good handle on it and you know what you can do. Then you hit the reset button and bring in a sibling for them to fight with!
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Our daughter was about a year old when we first took her, and then it was in a tent. BTW, she's 30 now, and she still tents.

I'd just duplicate your routine from home. Regarding crying, if you're concerned about disturbing others, try dry camping in non-electric sections. That's where the tenters are and they are used to noise.
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