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Camping with a Baby Barre VT

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).

Lazy Lions Campground
(802) 479-2823
Barre, VT
Campground Availability
Early May thru End of Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Horseshoes, Volleyball

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Stillwater Campground (Groton SF)
(802) 584-3822
Groton, VT
Campground Availability
20-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Playground, Hiking Trails

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New Discovery Campground (Groton SF)
(802) 426-3042
Groton, VT
Campground Availability
26-May thru 5-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Lake Champagne Campground
(802) 728-5293
Randolph Ctr, VT
Campground Availability
Mid May-Mid Oct
Services
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, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Abel Mountain Campground
(802) 728-5548
Braintree, VT
Campground Availability
15-May-15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Limehurst Lake Campground*
(802) 433-6662
4104 VT Rte 14
Williamstown, VT
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 25
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Ricker Campground (Groton SF)
(802) 584-3821
Groton, VT
Campground Availability
26-May thru 9-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Pond Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Groton Forest Road Campground
(802) 426-4122
Marshfield, VT
Campground Availability
15-May thru 10-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball

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Little River SP
(802) 244-7103
Waterbury, VT
Campground Availability
26-May thru 9-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Allis SP
(802) 276-3175
Randolph, VT
Campground Availability
26-May thru 5-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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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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