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Camping with a Baby Merrimack NH

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).

Field and Stream RV Park
(603) 673-4677
Brookline, NH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Play Equipment

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Willard Brook State Forest
(978) 597-8802
Ashby, MA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Cold Springs Camp Resort*
(603) 529-2528
22 Wildlife Dr
Weare, NH
Campground Availability
May 01-Columbus Day
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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The Pines Campground*
(978) 386-7702
39 Davis Rd
Ashby, MA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
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, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Stream Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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The Pines Campground
(800) 421-7116, (978) 386-7702
49 Davis Road
Ashby, MA
Campground Availability
58 Total Camp/RV Sites, 4 20 Amp Service, 50 30 Amp Service, 3 50 Amp Service, 58 Electric and Water, 54 Electric Only, 42 Full Hookups, 40 Max RV Length, 4 No Hookups, 58 Tent Sites,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Store,
Recreation
Marina,

Friendly Beaver Campground*
(603) 487-5570
88 Cochran Hill Rd
New Boston, NH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Angle Pond Grove
(603) 887-4434
Sandown, NH
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Autumn Hills Campground
(603) 529-2425
Weare, NH
Campground Availability
Early May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Escort to Site, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Berry''s Grove Campground, Inc.
(800) 421-7116, (978) 649-3141
35 Davis St.
Tyngsboro, MA
Campground Availability
24 Total Camp/RV Sites, 25 30 Amp Service, 25 50 Amp Service, 25 Higher Amp Service, 24 Electric and Water, 25 Electric Only, 25 Full Hookups, 25 Seasonal, 25 Sideouts,

The Bluffs at Danforth Bay*
(603) 539-2069
196 Shawtown Rd.
Freedom, NH
Campground Availability
Mid-April-Mid-November
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter, Bottle Exchange
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleybal

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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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