RVing with a baby can be difficult because they require a lot of stuff. The upside is that as long as they’re fed and comfortable, they won’t complain as much as older kids. Once you get your RV packed up with all the baby gear, bottles, diapers, and additional items you need, set out for an unforgettable family adventure! Introducing your children to nature and camping when they’re babies will help set the stage for the rest of their lives. Here's how to find RV destinations that are good for little ones!
Know Who the Campground is Aimed For
There are plenty of RV parks out there that are more geared toward seniors. These are prime (unless they have an actual age limit) to stay at with a baby. The elderly tend not to party all night and wake the baby up. They’re even relatively quiet during the day for naps as well! Since babies don’t run around and make noise like older kids do, they fit right in at this kind of campground. You may also find that many seniors love babies so your little bundle will get some extra snuggles while your arms get a break! Unless of course you have older kids with you as well. Then you may want to look for a more family-friendly campground. A playground is always a good indication of this. One way to get a good idea is to check out what people are saying on sites like Trip Advisor or RV Park Reviews.
Stay Near A Store
You never know when you’re going to run out of diapers, formula, or lose the last pacifier that your tiny angel cannot live without! Ensuring you’re within a reasonable drive to a store that carries these items will help give you peace of mind that if you need something, it won't be too far away. Even when you pack extra they always seem to disappear at a rapid rate. Do this at least until you get the hang of it and have a really good handle on how much of each item you need.
Short Hiking Trails
Baby wearing makes hiking easier but you still have to drag along the diaper bag. Try and find a place that has shorter hiking trails so that you can still participate in the activity, but you’re not stuck lugging an entire day’s worth of diapers and baby food around. You can head back to the RV when the baby needs a nap and then check out another short trail later!
If the campground has a pool, try and make sure it’s heated. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the pool temperature be between 85 and 87 degrees for an infant. Babies aren’t able to regulate their body temps as well as adults. If the pool is cool to you, it will be cold for the baby. You also don’t want to go too far in the other direction. Never take the baby in a hot tub as this can raise their body temperature to dangerous levels.
If your baby is crawling or walking, you may want to let them get out and explore the campground. Try for a grass lot so that you won’t have to worry about them putting dirt or rocks in their mouth. Grass is also much easier on little knees (or bums if they fall down) than gravel so they’ll be more comfortable exploring. You can also get out a pack-and-play so they can see the campground from outside but not where they can put dirty or strange things in their mouth.
Stay Near Home at First
For the first trip (or few trips) you take, it may be a good idea not to stray too far from home. This way if it doesn’t work out, you can easily abort the mission and head back. This goes for forgotten items as well! While one parent stays with the baby the other can run home to grab whatever has been left behind. As you all get used to camping and knowing exactly what you need to bring, you can trek farther and farther from home. If your baby seems to have a hard time adjusting to new places, you can even just camp in the driveway until he or she is used to the surroundings in the RV.
It’s hard to call out specific destinations and campgrounds that are good for kids or babies. Things change quickly and you never know what you may find one weekend vs the next. Instead just keep these factors in mind when choosing an RV destination and you should be able to find the perfect campsite for you and your little ones!