Can I take a 4 month old camping?

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 51 moms have responded )

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Do u think its safe to take my baby camping in the late summer? I think he will be 4 months old...

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Michelle - posted on 02/16/2009

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Oh i love how so many of you took your babies camping so young. People looked at us funny when we took our son camping for the first time  when he was a week old. but i agree make sure you bring all the nessesary clothing. Our son slept all swadled in his car seat. (he loved his car seat)  As long as your comfortable as a mom baby will be fine. I talked to many  moms and the only reason they didnt go camping was because they were more nervouse and scared. If your nursing its the BEST TIME to go. no packing bottels formula or clean water.. and a kettel!!! good luck and enjoy!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/16/2009

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Tracy,



We swaddled our daughter and then put a few blankets on her.  We also made sure her hat stayed on because it does get cold in those tents.  You're such a fun mommy and I'm sure your son will do great!  Have fun!!

Kate - posted on 02/16/2009

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I've been camping since I was 6 weeks old, my daughter has been camiping since five weeks, and the new baby will be about 3 1/2 weeks old when we camp for the first time this year!

Angie - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Tracy:



Quoting Elizabeth:




Of course you can!  I took my daughter camping when she was four months old and it was great.  Just be sure where ever you're going isn't too desolate...just in case. :o) We brought a pack 'n play and set it up in our tent for at night and naps and then we brought it out during the day for her to be in and we didn't have to worry about dirt or the fire or bugs!  It was so much fun!









Thanks for the reply...Nobody knew the answer to my question so I wanted to ask other moms! =) Did you dress her warm for the night time? Because even in the summer it gets pretty cold in the early morning. I was just worried about night time.






We took our kids camping when they were just a couple of weeks old and it was not problem.   At 4 I dressed them in sweats at night if it was chilly and got them a good quality sleeping bag to sleep in.  It'll be great fun.  Don't forget the s'more fixins!!!!

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I see know problem with it.  Just be carefull.  We would take our kids everywhere with us....all five of them.

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Tammy - posted on 03/02/2009

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I took my daughter at 3 months, Babies don't care where they go at that age, as long as your there they feel at home. you have to go prepared of course, how to warm up bottles, where to let them sleep that's safe, and lot's of clothes for different wheather, and blankets, cause even at three months they will get dirty. I bought one of those portable play pens and had that in the tent with us, it had wheels on it so in the day time we could wheel it out under the shade and she could sleep and play in there. As said above, you need to bring the whole medicine cabinet pretty much. On her first trip she got colicky and I was sure glad that I had brought the Oval, On her second trip she started getting a fever due to teething, was sure glad that I had the infant tylenol. It feels like your bringing everything but the kitchen sink, but worth it in the end

Anna-Karine - posted on 03/02/2009

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I took my son camping for the first time when he was 2 weeks old.  So long as you keep them from getting too much sun I think it's great to take them camping.  Definately bring a playpen and a snugli though and warm clothes and blankets for night time :)

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2009

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I was wondering the same thing! my mom said she waited for my brother, sister and i to all be out of diapers before she brought us so she wasnt too sure how it would work out. My daughter will be 9 months by summer time and i cant wait to take her!

Amie - posted on 03/02/2009

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I didn't read the other replies but we took our youngest camping starting when she was a month old. Just remember to pack everything! Never know what the weathers gonna be like for sure. =) So best to have really warm clothes and really light breathable ones. Plus all the diapers, formula if you need it, wet wipes, blankets, snugli, stroller, hats, etc... you get the point. lol!

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2009

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My daughter was 3 months our first camping trip which was for 3 weeks it was a wonderful time when our whole family got to spend wonderful time together especially if you are breastfeeding there is nothing really hard, washing is the only hassle (no power where we went) The only thing I wasn't careful enough off was the positioning of the tent and smoke from the fire filled the tent one night before I realised. She was fine but I felt horrible for days thinking I'd hurt her  lungs It gets harder when they can move around and you have to watch them every second

Tanya - posted on 02/19/2009

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It's all up to you, and how comfortable you feel.  I took my daughter camping at 3 weeks old.  Sure it wasn't very fun for me as I spent most of my time in the camper feeding or pumping, but we wanted to get her into the things that we enjoyed right away.  By the time she was a month old, she went camping, boating and quading.  If it's what you do then why not?

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Joyce:

We took our daughter camping at four months to a place called EDALE it is in Derbyshire and is the start of the penine way. It is a basic campsite and we loved it. Our daughter was fine she slept in her all in one snowsuit with babygro underneath, the month was end of march so even tho it was cold she was lovely and snug. We used a paddling pool as a bath filling it with cold water and a kettle of hot water so she could have a nice warm bath. We still go every year taking our son with us now as well they are 7 and 5 both of them love camping and hill walking. xx


Yea where were going is a basic camp site. And we been there many time and other families we know also go there. So i think it will be o.k. Yea I probably wont bathe the baby while he's there cause they just have cold showers. Plus infants don't really need to be bathed everyday. Thanks for the reply though!

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Gloria:



i took my 2 month old still being breast fed baby campping with us and other than making sure he was warm, he slept with me, and keep direct sunlight off him , it was fine.Just know, most sunblock isn't made for kids under 6 months-1 year n becareful if it's going to be hot while ur camping.Being too hot can be just as bad as being too cold.Have fun!





Yea as long as were not sweating and hot the baby is fine too right? Yea I know you can't put bug repellent and sunblock on infants. Thanks for the reply!

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

I took my son camping when he was 2 weeks old along with a 3 adn 5 yr old LOL so yes go for it


Thanks for the reply!.

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:

my main worry about taking my future babe camping was smoke inhalation from the campfire...


Yea that was one of my concerns and also mosquitos...But I guess we can always set up the tent further away from the campfire. And usually when your in the tent you cant really smell the smoke. Everyones saying its fine....But I'm still not a 100% sure lol. Thanks for the reply though

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Toni:



i wouldn't go anywhere there were active bears, as a nature core volunter, bears little carseats and all things relate to babies. I stay at a lodge now becuase of my child til she's out of diapers





Yea where we go camping there are  no bears. Well we have never heard of a bear sighting or ever saw a bear when we went. There are no lodges on the campsite. It's rv or tent only and we don't have an R.V. and we cant afford to rent one for a couple days =). Thanks for the reply though!

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Felicia:



Absolutly, it is never to early to start a family tradition.  Just bring a fan.





YOur right. It's been our family tradition so the baby should be included this year. thanks 4 the reply.

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Felicia:



Absolutly, it is never to early to start a family tradition.  Just bring a fan.





 

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yes you can...I took ours at two months old... just make sure you have safe clean water, lotsa warmth, a bug net cover and a cell phone with reception just in case!

Denise - posted on 02/17/2009

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Why not? My daughter was 6 weeks old the first time she went camping with us. It was a blast!!!!!!!!!!!

Edna - posted on 02/17/2009

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i took my daughter when she was younger as long as you keep them warm there shouldn't be a problem and my daughter loves it so much she even wants to go in the middle of winter

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We took our daughter camping at four months to a place called EDALE it is in Derbyshire and is the start of the penine way. It is a basic campsite and we loved it. Our daughter was fine she slept in her all in one snowsuit with babygro underneath, the month was end of march so even tho it was cold she was lovely and snug. We used a paddling pool as a bath filling it with cold water and a kettle of hot water so she could have a nice warm bath. We still go every year taking our son with us now as well they are 7 and 5 both of them love camping and hill walking. xx

Gloria - posted on 02/17/2009

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i took my 2 month old still being breast fed baby campping with us and other than making sure he was warm, he slept with me, and keep direct sunlight off him , it was fine.Just know, most sunblock isn't made for kids under 6 months-1 year n becareful if it's going to be hot while ur camping.Being too hot can be just as bad as being too cold.Have fun!

Crystal - posted on 02/17/2009

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I took my son camping when he was 2 weeks old along with a 3 adn 5 yr old LOL so yes go for it

Elizabeth - posted on 02/17/2009

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my main worry about taking my future babe camping was smoke inhalation from the campfire...

Toni - posted on 02/16/2009

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i wouldn't go anywhere there were active bears, as a nature core volunter, bears little carseats and all things relate to babies. I stay at a lodge now becuase of my child til she's out of diapers

Felicia - posted on 02/16/2009

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Absolutly, it is never to early to start a family tradition.  Just bring a fan.

Tina - posted on 02/16/2009

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I have a 13 yr old, a 10 yr old and a 21 month old all went camping from 2 1/2 months - until the present fresh air is great for them

Amie - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Tracy:

THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE REPLIES!!! You guys all made me feel better and not feel like a bad mom. A mom knows best and since you guys all did it I'm going to give it a try...well if my hubby agrees =).



oh sweety don't ever feel like a "bad mom" for wanting to include your son in the fun family things you guys like to do.  Wanting to include him, is what makes you a good mom!!! Have fun!!!

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE REPLIES!!! You guys all made me feel better and not feel like a bad mom. A mom knows best and since you guys all did it I'm going to give it a try...well if my hubby agrees =).

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Kim:

Sure. My daughter was about that age when we took her. Just make sure you are close enough to a store just in case you forget something.


Yea the store is just outside of the campground. It takes about 20 mins back and forth though cause you can only drive 5mph or less. But there are other stores and gas stations like 30 mins away or less. Thanks for the reply =)

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Ilkay:

We took our son when he was a little older than that. He had a lot of fun. Make sure where you go is an easy drive. Have extras for your supplies. The kidco peapod worked great for sleeping in the tent. We also brought his bouncy seat, etc for daytime&mealtime. The Baby Bjorn baby carrier helped us during short hikes. Have fun!
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Yea where were going we know inside out and getting there it's an easy drive, but once you get to the campground they have these little speed bumps, but other than that it's a pretty easy drive..you just have to drive 5mph or less. Thanks for the reply =)

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Oh i love how so many of you took your babies camping so young. People looked at us funny when we took our son camping for the first time  when he was a week old. but i agree make sure you bring all the nessesary clothing. Our son slept all swadled in his car seat. (he loved his car seat)  As long as your comfortable as a mom baby will be fine. I talked to many  moms and the only reason they didnt go camping was because they were more nervouse and scared. If your nursing its the BEST TIME to go. no packing bottels formula or clean water.. and a kettel!!! good luck and enjoy!





Yea hopefully I get to breastfeed this time with my baby. My 1st I couldn't. It would be sooo much easier for camping =)....Yea I wasn't going to go because I was scared and nervous too and cause I didn't want 2 feel like a bad mom, but since hearing all of you. I think I will go. Thanks! =)

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:



Tracy,






We swaddled our daughter and then put a few blankets on her.  We also made sure her hat stayed on because it does get cold in those tents.  You're such a fun mommy and I'm sure your son will do great!  Have fun!!





Elizabeth thanks once again =).

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Kate:

I've been camping since I was 6 weeks old, my daughter has been camiping since five weeks, and the new baby will be about 3 1/2 weeks old when we camp for the first time this year!


Wow. So I guess it's totally fine!. I didn't know if it was ok and if I was being a bad mom, but hearing all these moms taking there babies camping at such a young age makes me feel better!. Thanks for the reply =)

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Scottie:



I see know problem with it.  Just be carefull.  We would take our kids everywhere with us....all five of them.





Thanks!

Ilkay - posted on 02/16/2009

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We took our son when he was a little older than that. He had a lot of fun. Make sure where you go is an easy drive. Have extras for your supplies. The kidco peapod worked great for sleeping in the tent. We also brought his bouncy seat, etc for daytime&mealtime. The Baby Bjorn baby carrier helped us during short hikes. Have fun!
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Kim - posted on 02/16/2009

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Sure. My daughter was about that age when we took her. Just make sure you are close enough to a store just in case you forget something.

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Melissa :



We love to camp and travel.  We have taken our 2 boys everywhere!  My youngest son was 10 week old the first time he went camping.  We took our portable crib and plenty of blankets.  It's really no different than staying in a hotel.  The only difference is your exposure to the elements.  It can be hot during the day and cold at night.  Just make sure you have plenty of clothing to cover the changes in the temp.





Yea us too so I didn't want my family to miss out on camping this year because of me and the baby. So I wanted more info and if it was safe to take a new born camping. So I can take my son early as 10 weeks? Thanks for the reply =)

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Amie:

I took my little girl camping at 2 1/2 months. you just have to make sure you have a clean, safe place for your son to sleep, lost of warm clothes for night time, and some nice warm blankets. the days can get a little hot, so just make sure you have a shaded place to take him. it will be great. we had a blast. and to be honest. it was the best my daughter ever slept. i think it was all the fresh air and the cool nights. Good luck and have fun, oh but remember to bring blankets for yourself. lol. ( I forgot to pack ours, 1st night was a little cold for mommy and daddy. ) lol


Thanks for the reply. Yea one time I forgot to bring extra blankets and we were still freezing in the early moring even though it was in the summer. Yea this time I have to double check everything especially since baby will be coming. Thanks =)

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Louise:

yes it will be ok. my big sister took her little girl camping when she was only two days old. ok they were in a caravan but non the less they went. lol


wow only 2 days old? your sister must be strong to give birth and go camping right away lol. THanks for the reply =)

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Tara:



We took our son to a small island camping. we had to boat in so i just got him a little life jacket just in case.  We took is little bouncy seat and a portacrib. and had a ball.  Layers of close and some warm blankets.  take a small medicine cabinet with you.  Gas drops, pacifiers ,if you use one, and anything else you think you might need. Have fun and take pictures.





Thanks! How old was your son when you took him camping? Yea were just going to a campground with a river where you can go tubing. We've been there many times before but with my 6 year old son. I think it will be fine, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks for the reply though.

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Jill:



i have two children and they have been camping since they were born.  it will be just fine.





Thanks!

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Jill:



i have two children and they have been camping since they were born.  it will be just fine.





 

Melissa - posted on 02/16/2009

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We love to camp and travel.  We have taken our 2 boys everywhere!  My youngest son was 10 week old the first time he went camping.  We took our portable crib and plenty of blankets.  It's really no different than staying in a hotel.  The only difference is your exposure to the elements.  It can be hot during the day and cold at night.  Just make sure you have plenty of clothing to cover the changes in the temp.

Amie - posted on 02/16/2009

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I took my little girl camping at 2 1/2 months. you just have to make sure you have a clean, safe place for your son to sleep, lost of warm clothes for night time, and some nice warm blankets. the days can get a little hot, so just make sure you have a shaded place to take him. it will be great. we had a blast. and to be honest. it was the best my daughter ever slept. i think it was all the fresh air and the cool nights. Good luck and have fun, oh but remember to bring blankets for yourself. lol. ( I forgot to pack ours, 1st night was a little cold for mommy and daddy. ) lol

Lolly_loulou - posted on 02/16/2009

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yes it will be ok. my big sister took her little girl camping when she was only two days old. ok they were in a caravan but non the less they went. lol

Tara - posted on 02/16/2009

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We took our son to a small island camping. we had to boat in so i just got him a little life jacket just in case.  We took is little bouncy seat and a portacrib. and had a ball.  Layers of close and some warm blankets.  take a small medicine cabinet with you.  Gas drops, pacifiers ,if you use one, and anything else you think you might need. Have fun and take pictures.

Jill - posted on 02/16/2009

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i have two children and they have been camping since they were born.  it will be just fine.

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:



Of course you can!  I took my daughter camping when she was four months old and it was great.  Just be sure where ever you're going isn't too desolate...just in case. :o) We brought a pack 'n play and set it up in our tent for at night and naps and then we brought it out during the day for her to be in and we didn't have to worry about dirt or the fire or bugs!  It was so much fun!





Thanks for the reply...Nobody knew the answer to my question so I wanted to ask other moms! =) Did you dress her warm for the night time? Because even in the summer it gets pretty cold in the early morning. I was just worried about night time.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/16/2009

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Of course you can!  I took my daughter camping when she was four months old and it was great.  Just be sure where ever you're going isn't too desolate...just in case. :o) We brought a pack 'n play and set it up in our tent for at night and naps and then we brought it out during the day for her to be in and we didn't have to worry about dirt or the fire or bugs!  It was so much fun!

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