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Camping with a Baby Baldwin NY

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).

Battle Row Campground (Nassau County Park)
(516) 572-8690
Old Bethpage, NY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru Last Sun in Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Taughannock Falls State Park
(607) 387-6739
Ithaca, NY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Sharp Bridge Campground (Adirondack SF)
(518) 532-7538
Schroon Lake, NY
Campground Availability
16-May thru 1-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Point Comfort Campground (Adirondack SF)
(518) 548-7586
Lake Pleasant, NY
Campground Availability
16-May thru 1-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Niagara Woodland Campground & RV Service Center*
(716) 791-3101
3435 New Rd
Ransomville, NY
Campground Availability
2nd Fri of May-Weekend after Columbus Day
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Local Tours

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Eastern Long Island Kampground
(631) 477-0022
Greenport Long Island, NY
Campground Availability
May 01-Nov 01
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Harriman SP (Beaver Pond Campground)
(845) 786-2701
Stony Point, NY
Campground Availability
mid Apr thru Last Wknd of Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Cooperstown Famous Family Tent & Trailer Campground
(607) 293-7766
Cooperstown, NY
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Streamside RV Park & Golf Course
(315) 298-6887
Pulaski, NY
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Golf Nearby

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KOA-Cooperstown*
(800) 562-3402
565 Ostrander Rd
Richfield Springs, NY
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Camping with a Baby

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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. 

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