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Camping with a Baby Pierre SD

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).

West Bend SRA*
(605) 773-2885
1301 Farm Island Rd
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Sports Field

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Farm Island SRA*
(605) 773-2885
1301 Farm Island Rd
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Melgaard Park Campground (City Park)
(605) 626-7015
Aberdeen, SD
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Tennis, Volleyball

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Deadwood-KOA
(800) 562-0846
Deadwood, SD
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Mid Oct
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Lake Poinsett SRA*
(605) 627-5441
46109 202nd St
Bruce, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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La Framboise Island (SNA)*
(605) 773-2885
1301 Farm Island Rd
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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South Dakota Dept of Game, Fish & Parks*
(800) 710-2267
523 East Capitol, Joe Foss Bldg
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year

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American Creek Campground
(605) 234-5151
Chamberlain, SD
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Nov 01
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
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Camp America*
(605) 425-9085
25495 US Highway 81
Salem, SD
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 30
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, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Mitchell KOA
(800) 562-1236
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
1-May thru 3-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pool, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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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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