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Camping with a Baby Bessemer AL

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).

M & J RV Park*
(205) 788-2605
556 Bessemer Super Hwy
Birmingham, AL
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Patios
Recreation
Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Cherokee Campground*
(205) 428-8339
2800 Hwy 93
Helena, AL
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, Bottle Exchange
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Lake Fishing, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Birmingham South Campground*
(205) 664-8832
222 Hwy 33
Pelham, AL
Campground Availability
Open All Year
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, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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McCalla Campground*
(877) 477-4778
22191 Hwy 216
McCalla, AL
Campground Availability
Open All Year
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, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Plantation Harbor RV Resort (Wolf Bay Plantations)
(251) 987-5131
Elberta, AL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Hoover RV Park
(866) 466-8378
Hoover, AL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome

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Oak Mountain SP
(205) 620-2527
Pelham, AL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
(205) 477-5711
Mccalla, AL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Stream Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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B & B RV Park
(334) 705-0701
Valley, AL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables

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Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (City Park)*
(256) 543-7412
1600 Noccalula Rd
Gadsden, AL
Campground Availability
Open All Year
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, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Hiking Trails

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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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