Are you looking for brilliant camping gear for your baby or toddler? Somthing that will make the experience of camping with a toddler a little easier? If you are looking for tips on camping with a toddler we have a full post on that – here we have collected some of the best gear for babies and toddlers.
Camping with a little one is magical. Its a fantastic way to get close as a family, and just be together without the distractions of everyday life. But lets face it, camping with a baby is hard. Camping with a toddler is hard. Not only will you have to foresee all the needs they might have. Of diapers, clothes and everything else. You go camping without the comforts that your home provides.
To make camping with a toddler or baby a good experience, you need to create all the rutines and that makes having them a little easier.
We love the outdoors and family camping, and we want to be able to go camping with our toddler and our baby.
Luckily other outdoor lovers have been wanting to go caming with their babies and toddlers. Genius people that have created some awesome toddler camping gear to help us travel in style and with ease. Some of this gear, we are lucky enough to have already, and some will definitely make the 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. See our guide to how we found our tent look here and our guide on 10 things we always bring camping here.
Baby and toddler camping gear
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.
You can check out our full post on finding a toddler camping bed here if you want to look at some of the different options. We have owned a Deryan travel bed for 10 years, and it has lasted all of our kids. Its at the top of my list always.
Baby camping sleeping bag and Toddler 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 toddler 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 wheather 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