24 July 2014

Babies can go camping?

Kyle and I don't know much about this whole parenting gig, but we do know that babies are people. "People" don't like to be confined (ie. prison.) I don't know if we are crazy or just really simple minded, but where we go, the kid goes too. To be completely honest, when we sat down to plan our very first camping trip, we didn't even think to not bring the entire family with us. 

After that first camping trip, I took our tent to REI to be restrung. While we (Mallory was in the baby carrier) were waiting, a woman approached us and asked "you go camping with him?!" ["him" of course being Mallory.] I wondered, "Oh shit. Are we dumb for taking her camping? Are we missing something here?" I responded by saying that we did in fact go camping with our 6 month old. 

Kyle and I simply thought that...

If we got chilly and added a layer, we added a layer for Mallory too. 

If we were hungry or thirsty, we assumed Mallory might be too.

If we required sunglasses, then Mallory also wore sunglasses. 


I guess we just don't like to over think things...

Random :: The biggest issue we encountered on that inaugural camping trip was the fact that Kyle only brought a sleeping mat for himself and I slept on rocks. He is really too sweet. THEN to top it off I slept in a $15 Wal-Mart sleeping bag while he curled up in his arctic sleeping bag that conveniently couldn't be shared since it smelled like "ball sack and red vines." Can't make that up. 

Anyway, after a little trial and error we've come up with a packing list for you when you take baby on a camping trip!

camping packing list
one || Food. Even though Mallory was/is still breastfeeding, we made sure to have snacks for her as well so she could eat while we ate "campfire food." If you are formula feeding, don't forget that stuff! 
two || Extra clothes and PJs. We found we used two sets of jammies and three outfits on overnight camping trips. Especially if your kid is a spit up machine like ours, extra clothes are a must! (Full disclosure : I packed the same number of outfits for myself. #SheGotItFromHerMama)

three || Toys/baby entertainment. The toy distraction tactic was employed during campsite set-up and take-down, as well as shortly before bedtime. Crucial. 

four || Baby seating. We failed to bring her Bumbo with us on our first trip and we paid for it! She has a thing for grass/rocks/dirt, which are all in abundance at most campsites. Not having a seat meant we really couldn't put her down. Sucks!
five || Blankets. We used these for Mallory to play on during those fleeting moments when she wasn't in a rock sampling mood. We also ended up putting blankets down under her Bumbo since she still managed to grab handfuls of dirt to eat. And of course, extra blankets are always nice inside the tent.
six || Personal care items. I'm talkin' bug repellent , sunscreen, diapers, wipes, etc. All that and the kitchen sink! 
seven || Baby carrier. If you have and use some kind of baby wearing apparatus or are going to be camping someplace where a stroller is appropriate, bring 'em. We wore Mallory while we fished and explored!

eight || A place for baby to sleep. This is where a Pack 'n Play might be nice. Mallory co-sleeps so this wasn't something we had to worry about. 
The most important advice I can give is to just be laid back. Like anything you do or plan to do with a baby, it is subject to change and that is completely ok! It's only camping...
Ok. What did I forget to include in my packing list? 

Tell me a good camping story!

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