Stargazing, telling stories around the campfire and making s'mores—there's nothing like camping with little ones. The only trick is that "roughing it" isn't really a possibility with young kids in the mix. (At least if you have any plans to sleep.)
But don't worry, mama, we've got you covered with our favorite pieces of camping gear. Just don't forget to pack the marshmallows.
1. Child carrier for hiking
If you have any plans to hit the trails with a baby over six months, save your back with a child carrier. The name isn't a misnomer, either: with great support for you and an adjustable child-seat height, this carrier really can see you through your little one's early years. In other words, by the time they outgrow it, they should be able to keep up on their own two feet.
The airspeed back panel and built-in sunshade will help keep both of you cool while soaking in the sights.
2. Kid-sized sleeping bag
There's no reason to fear the nighttime temperature drop with a sleeping bag made especially for little campers. This mummy-style sleeping bag will keep your kids toasty down to the freezing mark—but is also lightweight enough to keep them cool in warmer temps.
Best of all, it's designed to grow with your camper. Thanks to an expandable foot section that lengthens the bag by 10 inches, they can get use out of it until they fit the 5-foot mark.
3. A space for baby to snooze
If you're heading out overnight with a camper who isn't quite ready for their own sleeping bag, keep them cozy and close with the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light. This portable, ultra lightweight crib fits comfortably in most family-sized tents—meaning everyone else won't feel squished. Setup is a breeze (which is nice after the process of setting up the tent), and the mattress is much more comfortable than any other travel crib on the market that we've tried.
The mesh sides allow for great air flow to keep baby cool during the night and you can get use out of it until your little one hits the 35-lb. mark.
4. A shady place to play
Camping with a little one allows you to see the world in a whole new way. Who knew how many tiny little rocks and other small items were just calling out for your baby to eat? 🤣 Add this pop-up playpen to your shopping cart and thank us later.
Featuring UV 50+ sun protection, a mosquito net and siding that will contain curious hands, it ensures peace of mind for you. And with a comfortable mattress and trio of toys, baby is sure to approve, too.
5. Kid-sized headlamp
If you're planning to stay up after the sun goes down, help your little camper light their way around the site with a fully adjustable LED headlamp from the camping experts at Coleman. The headlamp style allows them to keep their hands free and shines a beam up to nine meters in front of them. The water resistance is a nice added bonus.
6. Travel potty
There are lots of great reasons to go camping—but access to great bathrooms is not among them. Help your little one out with this travel potty that's easy to tote, dump and clean, and folds up easily for compact storage. (It can even be used without the legs as a potty seat on a regular toilet when you're out and about.) Pro tip: It's handy to keep this in the back of the car for roadside emergencies with little ones who are still working on their potty training.
7. A portable place to eat
If your little one can't quite reach the top of a picnic table, help them pull up a seat with this handy travel high chair. A better bet than chairs designed to clip onto the sides of tables (which may be too thick), this fits inside a bag for easy transportation and then unfolds to put baby at table-level with their very own tray.
Convertible from a high chair to a booster and featuring a machine-washable cover, the Pop N' Sit is great for campers up to 3 years old.
8. Their very own camp chair
After a successful day in the wild, everyone can probably agree that s'mores are completely essential. Let your little one pull up their own seat around the campfire with this kid-sized folding chair. With a personal cup holder and fun design, the challenge will be convincing your kiddo not to set it up in the living room when you get home.
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