We recently took our 3 kids tent camping. Our youngest was barely over a year old. Of course, this wasn’t her first camping trip. Camping with toddlers is fun. Our camping trip was perfect. We were totally prepared. The camping trip was incredible.
Let’s face it. With kids, nothing goes as planned. Our first mistake was huge. We forgot the most crucial piece of camping equipment needed when tent camping with toddlers.
We forgot the Graco™ Pack ‘N Play®.
I don’t know how we forgot the Pack ‘N Play. We intended to bring it. It was on our checklist. But the Pack ‘N Play did not make it into the truck.
Our second mistake was a doosey. We didn’t go back for the Pack ‘N Play.
We decided to forge ahead. Our main concern was pitching the tent before the sun went down. Besides, we are seasoned campers and seasoned parents. How bad could it be?
You guessed it. Camping with toddlers without a Pack ‘N Play can be pretty bad!
Why is the Pack ‘N Play so important when camping with toddlers?
- It is their bed.
- It is their play pen. They can play in the Pack ‘N Play while you are preparing meals, setting up camp, etc…
- It is another place to sit besides the stroller.
- If you don’t have a Pack ‘N Play, you have to carry the toddler around constantly. This is especially true if your toddler still crawls or is an early walker.
Bedtime without the Pack ‘N Play was the worst experience. Babies and toddlers do not like change. Our toddler had never slept in the bed with us. She either sleeps in her crib or Pack ‘N Play.
Baby Girl did not like this change and did not adapt well to the change. She was awake and crying until 1 am. We rocked her. We consoled her. Finally, she fell asleep.
The next morning, we drove home and picked up the Pack ‘N Play. After all, we are seasoned campers and seasoned parents. We know when we are beat!
I’ll see ya by the campfire.
P.S.–The rest of our trip was great. Baby Girl went to bed early and slept through the night. She had a place to play during the day while at the campsite. We won’t make that mistake again.