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Camping with a Baby Rexburg ID

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).

Mountain River Ranch Sportsman RV Park*
(208) 538-7337
98 N 5050 E
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
May-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, River Swimming, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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7N Ranch
(208) 538-5097
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
15-Apr-15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Massacre Rocks State Park
(208) 548-2672
American Falls, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Boating, River Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Snake River RV Resort
(208) 337-3744
Homedale, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Boating, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Alpine Country Store & RV Park
(208) 772-4305
Hayden Lake, ID
Campground Availability
1-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Fishing Supplies, Golf Nearby

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Heise Hot Springs
(208) 538-7944
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Ponderosa State Park (Lakeview Village)
(208) 634-2164
Mccall, ID
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Thousand Springs Resort
(208) 837-4987
Hagerman, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Age Restriction, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Lake Walcott State Park
(208) 436-1258
Rupert, ID
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Long Camp RV Park
(208) 935-7922
Kamiah, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry

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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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