Camping can be fun for the entire family, and with a little extra thought and preparation, babies can love it, too. Parents may have concerns about the safety and comfort of their little ones, particularly when venturing into the great outdoors. A good night's sleep away from home depends on your baby's happiness and well-being.
Baby Sleeping Bags
Parents want their young babies kept warm and snug at night. No matter the season, there are safe, comfortable sleeping bags for babies. Often called sleep sacks, these garments can be found online, at major department stores and sporting goods stores. Lightweight sacks are typically made from cotton, while heavy-duty wintertime bags are constructed of polyester with a fleece center. Sleep sacks are a convenient way to keep babies warm without the fuss and worry of blankets. They can be found to fit babies zero to 6 months or 6 to 12 months.
Travel Cribs and Bassinets
Lightweight and portable, travel cribs and bassinets are an easy way to keep babies comfortable at night. Found at many sporting goods stores, baby goods stores or online, travel cribs come with a wide variety of features that enhance baby's comfort and parent's peace of mind. Waterproof fabric, breathable mesh and sturdy mattresses are features of many of these models. According to the website Travels With Baby, some products feature UV protective fabric. Larger travel cribs are rated for children up to 3 years.
Though a bit heavier than a travel crib, play yards are still a feasible option for a family on the go. Easy to assemble and take down, play yards provide space for babies to roam and play under the watchful eyes of their parents. For a comfortable night's sleep, parents can find soft mattress covers and fitted sheets. Travels With Baby recommends mosquito nets, made specifically for outdoor play yard use. The net fits snugly over the play yard and will not budge when the wind blows.
Inflatable Toddler Beds
Once babies graduate to toddlerhood, they might be ready for an inflatable bed, says the website Moms Minivan. Inflatable beds come with a variety of features, including safety rails to keep a child securely on the mattress and sheets that tuck into the mattress for no-fuss set-up. Little ones will appreciate the variety of bright colors and Disney-themed inflatables on the market. Inflatable beds are easy to transport, but do require inflation with electric air pumps, so they might prove inconvenient for true wilderness campers.