New parents can enjoy inexpensive family vacations — and they can do it with infants and toddlers in tow, too. A growing number of Americans are realizing that camping is one of the best family- and budget-friendly options. Although camping with infants or young children may seem like a challenge, with a few adjustments, it’s not. Parents share their secrets and positive camping experiences.
Don’t Forget The Most Critical Item!
Keep in mind that some kind of portable playpen or pack n’ play is absolutely necessary. “Take a pack n’ play. Otherwise it’s just dirt — they’re eating dirt, sniffing dirt up their noses,” a mother of two tells The Travel Channel. A portable playpen will save you a world of trouble when you are setting up camp, and it will allow you to easily keep an eye on your children while multitasking. Most models are also pretty soft and can double as a cushion and/or temporary bed.
Slowly Introduce Kids To The Wonders of Camping
Don’t jump right in. Kids need time to slowly adjust to camping — and, let’s face it, infants and toddlers aren’t going to necessarily do well with roughing it. Forgo tents and sleeping on the ground until your kids are a little bit older. Cheap RV rentals, RV covers, and rental campers give you some options for enjoying the great outdoors — but also having a dry place to sleep if it rains. Hybrid campers and folding campers take up very little space, while also giving you all the benefits of RVs and RV covers.
Always Keep an Eye on Infants and Toddlers
Campground officials remind parents to remember one thing: your children are not safe unless you are watching them (always watching them!). Never take your eyes off your children — even if it’s just for a few minutes. Keep children close at all times.
Camping can be a great way to work in that family vacation — especially with infants or toddlers. Helpful info also found here: www.midstatescampers.com