Lets face it, camping with a baby or a toddler is hard. Not only will you have to foresee all the needs for diapers, clothes and everything else, but you will have to live without some of the comforts that your home provide that makes having a baby a little easier. We still love the outdoors, and we want to be able to go camping with our toddler and our baby.
Luckily we are not the first ones to venture out into the great outdoors with a small beautiful baby. Genius people have come before us, and they have created some awesome toddler camping gear to help us travel in style and with ease. Some of these we are lucky enough to have already, and some will definitely make my wish list for the camping season.
Now just to be clear, this list is exclusively for the baby or toddler, you will also need a tent and other gear. For our guide to how we found our tent look here. You might also want to bring some thing to entertain you. Now they say that kids can be entertained by a stick for hours, but my experience is that it is best to have a back up. Consider bringing books or maybe try audiobooks or Prime video and bring only one tablet. Both those links give you a 30 day free trail. Remember to bring some sort of charger if you choose to bring electrical appliances.
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Camping gear for the baby
A great travel cot is essential to ensure that your baby or toddler sleeps when you go camping. Our 2 year old never stays in the same spot during the night. That makes it hard to camp with just a small mat to sleep on. We have this Deryan travel cot and it has been the perfect tent camping bed for our toddler. It sips up on all sides and can either have the sides down for full cover or just a mosquito net. We rarely use the full sides down as our toddler is a very warm sleeper, but that is dependent on the child. I also like that it has the sleep mat underneath, which ensures that it cant be fiddled with during the night.
Baby camping sleeping bag
While some of the Deryan travel cots come with a sleeping bag, that’s not always what you want for your child to sleep in. We have found it to be a little cold for the Danish climate. It works fine if you are indoors, but going camping we have been looking for nice warm versions of a toddler sleeping bag that would keep our little one warm all night.
We have been really happy with our Voksi. This is one of those things where you should really buy the right thing for the climate you are in. We love that it is warm and that you can pack your little one in really tight making them less lightly to tumble out from under the cover during the night. This sleeping bag that sort of “straps” on to the baby would be good as well. You can read our full guide on what to look for in a sleeping bag here.
Having a good child carrier is essential for a good hiking trip. The best of them are comfortable for the kids to sit, and maybe even nap while they are on your back. As an adult its a fantastic way to see the world with your child.
When they are on your back, right behind your head, they see what you see, but you really get a sense of ALL the things they see, making a hike so much more enjoyable. This one is one of of the best from Osprey, and we LOVE it. If your needs is not for that much walking this one from Deuter would probably do just fine.
Eating outside can be done on a blanket, but really, I find it to be so much more enjoyable when my toddler is lifted a little of the ground. Not to mention the added bonus of knowing where they are while you finish your dinner (Just being honest :-))
Okay if this isn’t genius, I don’t know what is. I HATE mosquitoes, but I don’t like spraying all sorts of bug spray on my baby either. This is a a perfect substitute for camping in those bug rich areas.
Protection from the sun can not be done to much, and I find that small children squint their eyes quite a lot in the bright outdoors, even when they are placed in the shade. These would be perfect for protection of the small eyes.
Now we are really in the very nice to have category! Bringing our very own portable shower would be fantastic. Especially those times when a baby just needs to be rinsed of.
Okay maybe its only my kids, but somehow they gravitate towards the mud and filth. Having a portable shower would be perfect. If for nothing else then to keep mom sane!
Toddlers run, if they can. They play all day and they need loads of water. Most of the time kids will drink water if its fun. This water bottle from CamelBak is perfect for our kids. They can drink from it from quite early on, once they understand the system. Because its a bite and suck system, it come quite natural to most small babies. Our kids have been drinking from this system from around 9 months. And that has been brilliant when we have been hiking for longer periods of time and only had the bigger bag available.
Baby’s go explore, and toddlers explore even more. In that delicate time where they go from baby to toddler it is just SO hard on the knees. While I don’t mind it to much when we are at home, I hate it when we are outside. I think of how hard it must be to go ANYWHERE when you see branches and everything everywhere. Camping is just such a hard job on their small knees.
These knee pads would help protect the knees while in the great outdoors.
Having a space for baby to play while you are out camping is a must. When you go camping with a baby you must ensure that your baby is safe when you are outside and unable to eat what ever comes their way. (I have found a snail in my toddlers mouth at one point, and I am quite sure that the snail was more scared than my toddler was – but I still didn’t want him to eat it.)
Now weather an outdoor baby play station means bringing the Deryan outside OR buying a separate playpen, that is up to you. For our camping trip this summer i would LOVE this pack and play! It seems like essential camping equipment for babies to me.
This child carrier has been a life saver for us, on more than one occasion. Not only is it perfect for hiking with kids, but you can bike with it, run with it, I believe it even has extensions for skiing. Its the ultimate all purpose carrier.
We have it for two kids, its just practical, and it can carry quite a bit of weight, but you can buy it for just one child as well. I love the way that they have added suspension to the seats so that it is more comfortable for the kids to be inside this carrier.
All of these things would make it more fun to go camping this summer with our toddler and our baby.
Is anything missing from this list of camping gear for toddlers do you think??
What is your favorite??
Let us know in the comments below.
Until next time