Feeding TimeIf you have a newborn, obviously one of the things they will be doing most is eating. We recommend when traveling to stop every 2-4 hours to give them a break from the carseat and to feed and change them on their normal schedule. Once you have arrived at the campsite, feeding older babies and toddlers is simple in this Baby Delight Go With Me Chair which is a camping chair that also has a highchair attachment. This was given to us a gift when our third child was born and we use it all of the time. We love it has a detachable sunshade and is designed with safety features in mind like a latch that doesn’t pinch and it doesn’t tip. We love to use this at snack time. The highchair feature is detachable so it is easy to clean.
Other Mealtime Items We Recommend:
Play TimeWhen we had kids we wanted to keep doing the activities we enjoyed but having to get a babysitter can be difficult while on the road. My husband and I decided we would just take them with us.
Tips For Playtime
- Keep a bin of toys in your camper, they will seem new to your child and keep them more entertained then the toys they always play with at home
- Keep things simple and take them for a stroll around the campground or to the playground
- Let them explore the outdoors
- Don’t be afraid to let them get dirty
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Nap TimeTo make sure your baby or toddler is a happy camper, it is important for them to get enough sleep. Some tips on how to get your child to sleep better in a unfamiliar place is to have them use the bassinet or portable bed they will be sleeping in the camper in your home so it becomes a familiar space for them. Bring a favorite blanket or lovey. If they are having difficulty sleeping due to the noise, try a sound machine. When all else fails take them for a long walk around the campground in their stroller.
Nap Time Items We Recommend:
Safety ConcernsOne tip we can give when having little ones in a RV is to make sure you baby proof as you would your home. Unfortunately, from experience we have found you can not trust the screen door to hold the weight of your baby or toddler. They can easily push it open, causing them to fall out the door. We know it’s not possible to always keep the storm door shut so invest in a baby gate for your door. Luckily my husband is handy so he made this custom one out of an old screen door frame. Our son, Logan, is not impressed by his jail, lol but it keeps him safe!
Keep Them Protected From the Elements
- Use mosquito netting for strollers and pack n’ plays when outdoors
- Once old enough, use an all natural sunscreen and bug repellent
- Protect them from the sun when on the beach with a sunshade
- Place a gate around the firepit or keep them inside or in a pack n’ play when having a campfire
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I hope theses tips will help you have a great camping trip with your family. It may seem like a lot of work to pack up the gear but it is so worth it and so much easier to travel in an RV then trying to go to a hotel. For more tips on traveling with kids, read Vacationing with Kids in an RV. Have you taken your first trip with baby yet? What is your favorite tip or gear when camping with your infant?