Gettin’ real about camping

Remember that post I wrote about camping with an infant? I made it sound relatively easy, as though camping with an infant just required some organization and a relaxed parenting style?!

Yah, well camping with an infant also requires patience and the awareness that not everything will be smooth sailing. On Friday night as I lay awake, holding a bottle for Ryder to halt the constant crying, I thought “oh man, I just wrote a blog post about camping with an infant and here I am awake at 1:00 am, 3:00 am, and 4:30 am.”

If you are like me, you are more sensitive to the cries and sounds coming from your child. You want to rescue them before they go ballistic and sometimes because of your own selfish reasons. You don’t want to be known as “that campsite” the next morning. You want to avoid being the topic of everyone’s morning chatter. “Did you hear those people in campsite 49?”

If your child is like Ryder, the first night might be rough, but the following nights should be a-okay. It’s an adjustment for the little ones to sleep in a tent and to not be in their own surroundings. (The second night he slept from 6:30 until 6:30 am-yah for outdoor time!!)

The bottom line is that just like everyday parenting, camping with an infant will present its challenges. It will test your patience. It will mess up the sleep schedule for one or two nights. But at the end of the adventure you know it was all worth it and you can’t wait to set up that tent again.

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