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Camping with a Baby Mc Minnville TN

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).

Rock Island State Park*
(800) 713-6065
82 Beach Rd.
Rock Island, TN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Long Branch (COE - Center Hill Reservoir)
(615) 548-8002
Silver Point, TN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 28-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cosby Campground)
(423) 487-5418
Cosby, TN
Campground Availability
May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Chattanooga's Raccoon Mtn. Caverns & Campground
(423) 821-9403
Chattanooga, TN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
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
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Big South Fork Nat'l. River & Rec. Area (Bandy Creek Campground)
(423) 569-9778
Oneida, TN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice
Recreation
Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Play Equipment, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Ragland Bottom (COE - Center Hill Reservoir)
(931) 761-3616
Smithville, TN
Campground Availability
19-Apr thru 10-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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KOA-Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg*
(865) 453-7903
3122 Veterans Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 30
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, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Shady Acres Campground
(615) 449-5400
Lebanon, TN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Fox Inn Campground/Norris*
(865) 494-9386
2423 N Charles G Seivers Blvd
Clinton, TN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Loretta Lynn's Ranch
(931) 296-7700
Hurricane Mills, TN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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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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