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Camping with a Baby Weirton WV

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).

Austin Lake Park and Campground*
(888) 249-5685
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, 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 Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball
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Jefferson Lake State Park
(330) 222-1712
Richmond, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Beaver Creek State Park
(330) 385-3091
East Liverpool, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Austin Lake Park
(800) 421-7116, (740) 544-5253
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
200 Total Camp/RV Sites, 200 50 Amp Service, 200 Electric and Water, 80 Max RV Length, 50 No Hookups, 4 Pull-Thru Sites, 150 Sideouts,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Fishing, Golf Facilities, Nature Trails, Planned Activities, Playground, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

Bluestone SP*
(304) 466-2805
HC 78
Hinton, WV
Campground Availability
mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Tomlinson Run SP
(304) 564-3651
New Manchester, WV
Campground Availability
Apr-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Raccoon Creek State Park
(724) 899-2200
Frankfort Springs, PA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Orchard Grove Campsites
(724) 495-7828
Beaver, PA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Policies
No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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Twin Falls Resort SP*
(304) 294-4000
Rt 97
Mullens, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pool, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Broken Wheel Campground & Country Store
(304) 269-6097
Weston, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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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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