By Jen Ball
From the print edition, Summer 2012
Some camping enthusiasts worry that wilderness adventures must be put on hold in the first months and years after a baby comes along. Fortunately, with some minor modifications, camping is still within reach. Here are some strategies that I adopted when taking my four-month-old daughter, Maeve, on her first canoe trip.
There are no testing standards to certify PFDs under 20 pounds. Even still, we outfitted Maeve with a Naya Water Gear Baby PFD. We tried it out in pools and lakes before the trip, which also helped to acclimatize Maeve to wearing it.
Be Sun Smart
Many health professionals advise against sunscreen on babies younger than six months. To keep them protected, infants should be outfitted in a hat and lightweight clothing, and be under a sunshade whenever possible. We weighed the pros and cons and opted to use a small amount of Badger Certified Natural sunscreen too.
All used diapers must be carried out (making for a heavier pack). On longer trips, bring reusable cloth diapers and spend a sunny afternoon doing laundry with biodegradable soap. Remember: Try to do your washing far away from campsites and water sources.
One way to make the wilderness an important part of your child’s life is to start early—and have fun! Our hope is that Maeve’s appreciation for wild places will grow as she does.
Have you taken your wee one camping? What was your biggest challenge?
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