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Camping with a Baby Chesapeake VA

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).

Chesapeake Campground*
(757) 485-0149
693 S. George Washington Hwy
Chesapeake, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Fiel

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North Landing Beach Riverfront Campground and Resort
(757) 426-6241
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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First Landing-Seashore State Park
(757) 412-2300
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Boating, Saltwater Fishing, Bike Rentals, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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MILITARY PARK (Cape Henry Travel Camp-Ft. Story)
(757) 422-7601
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Volleyball, Sports Field

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North Bay Shore Campground
(800) 421-7116, (757) 426-7911
3257 Colechester Road
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
90 Total Camp/RV Sites, 70 20 Amp Service, 70 30 Amp Service, 15 50 Amp Service, 90 Electric and Water, 5 Full Hookups, 35 Max RV Length, 9 No Hookups, 12 Pull-Thru Sites, 50 Seasonal, 50 Sideouts,
Services
Cabin Rentals,

Indian Cove Resort
(757) 426-2601
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Holiday Trav-L-Park of Virginia Beach*
(866) 850-9629
1075 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Virginia Beach KOA
(800) KOA-4150
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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MILITARY PARK (The Colonies Travel Park)
(757) 788-2384
Hampton, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Saltwater Fishing, Play Equipment, Tennis, Volleyball

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Tall Pines Harbor Waterfront Campground
(800) 421-7116, (757) 824-0777
8107 Tall Pines Lane
Sanford, VA
Campground Availability
180 Total Camp/RV Sites, 4 20 Amp Service, 81 30 Amp Service, 26 50 Amp Service, 5 Higher Amp Service, 180 Electric and Water, 60 Full Hookups, 3 Group Sites, 100 Max RV Length, 5 No Hookups, 14 Pull-Thru Sites, 3 Rental Trailers, 25 Seasonal, 116 Sideouts, 7 Tent Sites,
Services
Park Trailers,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

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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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