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Camping with a Baby Winsted CT

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).

White Pines Campsites
(860) 379-0124
Barkhamsted, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 13-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Granville State Forest
(413) 357-6611
Granville, MA
Campground Availability
25-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
River Swimming, River Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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White Memorial Family Campground (Point Folly)
(860) 567-0089
Litchfield, CT
Campground Availability
Early May thru Columbus Day
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Camp Overflow Campground & Marina
(413) 269-4036
Otis, MA
Campground Availability
15-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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White Pines Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 379-0124
232 Old North Road
Barkhamsted, CT
Campground Availability
209 Total Camp/RV Sites, 209 Electric and Water, 200 Full Hookups, 39 Max RV Length, 20 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

American Legion State Forest (Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground)
(860) 379-0922
Pleasant Valley, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Prospect Mountain Campground & RV Park
(413) 357-6494
Granville, MA
Campground Availability
Late Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Hemlock Hill Camp Resort*
(860) 567-2267
118 Hemlock Hill Rd
LItchfield, CT
Campground Availability
End of Apr-Mid - Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Tolland State Forest
(413) 269-6002
Otis, MA
Campground Availability
12-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Valley In The Pines
(800) 421-7116, (860) 491-2032
Box 5
Goshen, CT
Campground Availability
34 Total Camp/RV Sites, 34 Electric and Water,
Services
Cable TV, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

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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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