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Camping with a Baby Leitchfield KY

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).

Wax Site (COE-Nolin River Lake)
(270) 242-7578
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Late Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities

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Dog Creek (COE - Nolin River Lake)
(270) 524-5454
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Late Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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North Fork (Corps of Enigneers-Rough River Lake)
(270) 257-8139
Mcdaniels, KY
Campground Availability
1-May thru Mid Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Rough River Dam State Resort Park
(606) 636-6450
Falls Of Rough, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Cave Creek (COE-Rough River Lake)
(270) 879-4304
Falls Of Rough, KY
Campground Availability
3rd Fri in Apr thru 3rd Sun in Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Nolin Lake State Park
(270) 286-4240
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mar thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Moutardier (COE-Nolin River Lake)
(270) 286-4230
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Late Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Laurel Branch Campground (COE- Rough River Lake)
(270) 257-8839
Mcdaniels, KY
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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Axtel Campground (COE - Rough River Lake)
(270) 257-2061
Mcdaniels, KY
Campground Availability
3rd Fri in Apr thru 3rd Sun in Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Volleyball

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Mammoth Cave Horse Camp
(800) 421-7116, (888) 682-3958
2578 Ollie Rd.
Mammoth Cave, KY
Campground Availability
50 Total Camp/RV Sites, 50 50 Amp Service, 50 Electric and Water,
Services
Dump Station, Firewood, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Ice, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Equestrian Friendly, Hiking Trails, Nature 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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