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Camping with a Baby Bluefield WV

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).

Ashland West Virginia ATV Resort
(304) 862-2322
Ashland, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Ashland ATV Resort
(800) 421-7116, (304) 862-2322
HC 76 Box 681
Northfork, WV
Campground Availability
77 Total Camp/RV Sites, 4 20 Amp Service, 20 30 Amp Service, 19 50 Amp Service, 50 Higher Amp Service, 77 Electric and Water, 27 Full Hookups, 99 Max RV Length, 7 No Hookups, 22 Pull-Thru Sites, 23 Total Rental Units, 43 Sideouts, 11 Tent Sites,
Services
BBQ Pits, Cable TV, Dump Station, Firewood, Group Area, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Ice, WiFi Parkwide, Laundry, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Propane, Showers, Store, Cabin Rentals, internet access at specific locations in park,
Recreation
Basket Ball, Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Fishing, Flyfishing, Hiking Trails, Horse Shoes, Nature Trails, Picnic Area, Planned Activities, Playground,

George Washington NF (Brandywine Lake Campground)
(703) 828-2591
Brandywine, WV
Campground Availability
15-May thru 10-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Mountwood Park Campground (Wood County Park)
(304) 679-3694
Parkersburg, WV
Campground Availability
May thru Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Hiking Trails

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State Fair of West Virginia Campground
(304) 645-1090
Lewisburg, WV
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, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Camp Creek SP
(304) 425-9481
Camp Creek, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Play Equipment, Shuffle Board Court, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Battle Run Campground (COE-Summersville Lake)
(304) 872-3459
Summersville, WV
Campground Availability
mid May thru mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Cedar Creek SP
(304) 462-7158
Glenville, WV
Campground Availability
mid Apr-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Wading Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Monongahela NF (Stuart Campground)
(304) 478-3251
Elkins, WV
Campground Availability
17-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Mountain Lake Campground & Cabins*
(877) 686-6222
1898 Summersville Airport Rd.
Summersville, WV
Campground Availability
Mar 01-Nov 01
Services
Control Access Gate, 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, Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf N

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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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