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Camping with a Baby Arvada CO

Parents who say they can’t take the baby camping do have some valid concerns, so let’s chat about them. Where baby will sleep depends on what kind of camping you’re doing, but in most cases taking a small, lightweight travel crib is a viable option (unless you’re survivalist camping in a one person tent…then you might want to rethink the whole bringing baby thing).

Arapaho National Forest (Cold Springs Campground)
(303) 567-2901
Black Hawk, CO
Campground Availability
19-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Playground, Hiking Trails

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Colorado State Parks*
(800) 678-CAMP
1313 S Sherman Rm 618
Denver, CO
Campground Availability
Open All Year

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Golden Clear Creek RV Park*
(303) 278-1437
1400 10th St
Golden, CO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Hot Tub, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stream Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Chief Hosa Campground
(303) 526-1324
Golden, CO
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice
Recreation
Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Skylark Mobile Home & RV Park*
(303) 665-6780
305 Skylark Cir
Lafayette, CO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Patios

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park*
(303) 582-3707
3873 Highway 46
Golden, CO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Laundry
Recreation
Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Golden Terrace South RV Resort
(800) 638-6279
Golden, CO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Laundry

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Dakota Ridge RV Park*
(800) 398-1625
17800 W. Colfax
Golden, CO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Eldorado Canyon State Park
(303) 494-3943
Eldorado Springs, CO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Kayaking, Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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South Park Mobile Home Community & RV Park*
(303) 761-0121
3650 S Federal Blvd
Englewood, CO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Golf Nearby

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January 30, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

WHAT?! Did I hear that correctly?

The baby's crib is behind this sheet!

What's behind sheet #1??

I’ve actually have heard and read this several times. It’s usually followed with statements like,

1. Where will she sleep?

2. But she still takes bottles!

3. He doesn’t even sleep through the night yet!

 (My personal favorite is #3 since I can identify with that misery…uh…that experience.) 

 The easy responses are;

1. In the travel crib.

2. So, um…take the bottles.

3. Then what’s the difference if he wakes up at 2am at home or in the wilderness?

But really, parents who say they can’t take the baby camping do have some valid concerns, so let’s chat about them. Where baby will sleep depends on what kind of camping you’re doing, but in most cases taking a small, lightweight travel crib is a viable option (unless you’re survivalist camping in a one person tent…then you might want to rethink the whole bringing baby thing). My friend has twin boys. She and her husband took them tent camping for a weekend when they were about 16 months old. Did it take some extra planning? It sure did. Extra packing too. But they did what many parents are afraid to do and they had a wonderful time. In their case, a large tent was able to accommodate the travel cribs.

the baby's crib

The perfect spot for baby!

My husband and I have 2 boys also, but we have an RV and floor space is at a premium. Our hybrid travel trailer has 2 pop-out beds on either end, so our 2 year old slept happily in the rear bed. The baby, who at the time was 9 months old and too young not to have walls or a barrier around him, slept in his travel crib on the pulled out jackknife sofa. And since my boys are accustomed to sleeping in very dark rooms, I was able to drape a dark sheet around the crib from the upper cabinets. Eat your heart out MacGyver.  (As a side note: industrial strength sticky backed hook and loop fastener is a must have for mod-happy RVers.) Just like home…sort of. We were able to use several bungee cords to make sure the crib stayed put. 

If you have water at your campsite (or in the campground facilities), use it to wash the bottles. But if you prefer, bring a couple gallons of bottled water and a little plastic tub for washing. One more thing to wash, but it’s worth it. We take a few bottles and use the campground water for washing/rinsing the bottles and use bottled water for mixing the formula. (And gosh, if you’re breastfeeding, you have even less to pack!) 

Sometimes baby can get a little confused with the new surroundings, so don’t be surprised if you spend a little more time doing the bedtime routine or rubbing Junior’s back till he falls asleep. If your baby still wakes at night at home, he’ll probably do the same thing camping. I have heard stories where baby sleeps far better (and later) while camping than at home. We’re still waiting for that to happen to us. I won’t hold my breath. 

My point he...

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