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Camping with a Baby Tewksbury MA

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).

Harold Parker State Forest
(978) 686-3391
North Andover, MA
Campground Availability
mid Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice
Recreation
Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Winter Island Park (City Park)
(978) 745-9430
Salem, MA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Pond Fishing, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Boston Minuteman
(800) 421-7116, (978) 772-0042
Box 2122 Route 2A
Littleton, MA
Campground Availability
100 Total Camp/RV Sites, 100 Electric and Water, 32 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 18 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Marina,

Erving State Forest
(978) 544-3939
Erving, MA
Campground Availability
25-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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White Birch Campground
(413) 665-4941
Whately, MA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Boston Minuteman Campground
(877) 677-0042
Littleton, MA
Campground Availability
May 01-3rd week of Oct
Services
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, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, 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,

D.A.R. State Forest
(413) 268-7098
Goshen, MA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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MILITARY PARK (Fourth Cliff Rec. Area-Hanscom AFB)
(713) 838-9269
Humarock, MA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing

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Beartown SF
(413) 528-0904
Monterey, MA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails

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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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