With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, more and more people are getting ready to head out to the campgrounds for a quintessential American experience. While camping is a classic pastime on the Fourth of July, some might feel less inclined to go camping because of a baby in the household, but that shouldn’t be the case. It is essential to foster a love of outdoors in children.
While it can sometimes be more difficult to camp with a baby, here are some tips to make your Fourth of July camping trip with a baby more fun than burdensome.
Bring all your baby supplies (and more!)
This may sound pretty obvious, but make a checklist of all the typical supplies you will need for the baby — diapers, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, food, etc. Once you’ve estimated how much of each item you will need, pack more of it. It’s always safer to take more supplies than you think you will need because we all know how unpredictable babies can be.
Pack tarps, sunscreen and hats
Babies are much more sensitive to sunlight — both on their skin and in their eyes — than adults, so it’s important to plan accordingly. Since babies get sunburned far easier, always keep them protected with a layer of sunscreen. When the baby is resting or playing, be sure to set up a tarp to ensure she is protected from the sun. Also, consider putting a hat on your baby to shield her head and eyes from the sun.
Like any child, you should take some of your baby’s favorite toys and blankets to comfort her with familiar items. While the outdoors offer enough entertainment for anyone, taking along a few toys will keep your baby engaged during downtime.
Try to keep to regular schedule
While it’s true you’ll be in a completely new environment, it’s essential to keep to your typical home schedule as much as possible. If your baby goes to sleep at 7 p.m. every night, don’t alter the schedule because babies could be affected by any significant changes.
Take clothes for various weather conditions
It’s important to take clothes for all types of weather conditions because temperatures have the tendency to swing, especially when you’re outdoors. It may be extremely hot during the day but much cooler at night. Since you want your baby to be comfortable and properly dressed the whole trip, remember to pack many different outfits, even if you’re not expecting extreme weather.
Take a first aid kit with medication
You never know when your baby might catch a cold or some other unexpected sickness, so have a first aid kit nearby. Also make sure to take along any usual medication for the baby.
Have fun with your baby
Again, this is a pretty obvious tip, but some people have fun in lieu of the baby or are far too worried throughout the trip. Instead, allow your baby to experience the outdoors by showing her flowers, letting her touch nature and enjoy the outdoors. This will help bolster your baby’s love for outdoors for the rest of her life.
Tim Martinez is a freelance writer for various camping and family blogs, including the official blog of Camping Gear Outlet.
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