We first took Soph camping when she was 3 months old, at a campground 30 minutes from home, so we knew we could go home easily if necessary. It wasn’t necessary. So, this time around, we were ready to take Everett camping earlier and farther. We took our 5-week-old newborn to Joshua Tree National Park.
It’s not as crazy as it sounds. There’s no airplane trip to worry about, no rental car to wedge your carseat into, no restaurants to shush your child at. There are no hotel beds to fall off of, because a tent is pretty much already childproof.
I think Ev slept better than he does at home, even though it took us a night or two to learn that an adult’s down jacket, zipped up, makes a perfect infant sleeping bag, even better than the fleece-blanket-swaddling we’d been using. Fortunately, the temperatures were mostly temperate, and, since Everett isn’t yet rolling over, all he needed during the day was a beach-towel to lie on or an adult to hold him, while he took in the scenery with wide open eyes.
All Sophie needed was marshmallows to roast, and, even more importantly, a friend her age to play with.
A good campsite is better than a playground.
It was a great three days, well worth the exhaustion of planning & packing & driving & then clean-up.