But only if you react to the organization children with maximum responsibility: detail can plan the route, convenient and practical acierate child, carefully make a list of necessary medicines, thoughtful questions and caterers... pay attention to some other, less obvious but equally important points in preparing your child for the upcoming campaign.
So, what should be considered if you are going camping with a baby?
These tips designed primarily for parents who take a "Walker" and not "passengers" — that is, the child of 4-10 years, which could go absolutely alone, and not to go on daddy's shoulders, but still not able to overcome a lot of miles as adults.
1.Boredom — boy! One of the unpleasant surprises in the first campaign with the participation of a child may be what your dreaming of, all day long without getting tired riding around the yard in the company of other boys, going 3-4 kilometers, suddenly begins to complain of fatigue. He is not faking, he really is tired... from lack of apparent purpose. Abstract the excitement of tourists, ready for a day stamp with a backpack, taking in the mountain and steppe beauty, the baby is still unknown. He used to move from point A to point
B. Invite your weary traveler a race to run up at the hill — and he immediately rushes boom, forgets about the fatigue.
Conclusion: break the tedious day's journey into small pieces, put "landmarks", for which to strive at the moment.
For example — over that hill there is a beautiful waterfall; and there in the grove, we once saw a whole family of squirrels; and after half an hour roadside shop, in which all buy ice cream.
Communicate with your child: sing songs on the go, or tell stories funny stories, play "cities" or, Que. These games often involve all trip participants, young and old, so fun to be around.
2. "No" means "no". If your family is a thriving democracy, you are not used to putting pressure on the child and try to always consider his opinion — that's fine. But, going on a hike, take the time to educational conversations with your baby.
He must know clearly that in "extreme" conditions of the parental ban is serious, and respond to the word "no" immediately, without wrangling and debate, even if the danger is not obvious.
In some situations (let them be as small as possible!) the speed of response of the child to your instructions may depend on his health and even life. The specific list of prohibitions novice traveler is "loaded" before the start of the hike:
- do not try any fruits, berries, mushrooms, without their consent;
- you can drink water from unverified sources;
- it is impossible to leave somewhere without telling their elders.
Consider what danger can threaten the baby on your chosen route and try to warn him.
3. Orientirueshsya the slowest. The Golden rule of any Hiking trip: the entire group is focused on the slow, moving at a comfortable pace. If in a group of pregnant women and the elderly (and this also happens, and often!), obviously, you will be guided to the speed that will be able to develop your child.
Do not overestimate its potential: even the bright-eyed boy, playfully us because on the slides and jumping on the rocks, with a monotonous walking will keep the rate of not more than 3-4 km/h And when passing areas with high grass, the viscous or sandy soil, talus etc. the rate may be reduced by half.
Therefore, when planning your route, in any case, do not update the speed of movement of the group. Those 5-7 miles in a day crossing, you misjudge it may mean that to get on the night you will have dark, in an awkward spot, and in arid areas is the type of mountain Crimea — and even without water. So be realistic, avoid useless and extreme discomfort.
4. On a halt - do not relax! Actually, just on a halt, we will strain in full. The fact that most injuries and accidents with children occur not in the campaign itself, but in the parking lot, where the elders lose their vigilance, will be confirmed by any experienced tug-of-war, who once went on campaigns with children.
The most common "Parking" injuries are:
- burns from the fire, hot pots, mugs of boiling water etc.;
- cuts and wounds left within reach of the child with knives, axes, sapper shovels, fishing equipment and other "remanent";
- poisoning by berries and mushrooms, upset stomach from raw spring water.
Try to isolate your fidget from all the traumatic items in advance. Keep it in sight, ask his companions as much as doing the same thing. Although ask, as an option, and don't have: literally the second or third day your child will be "son of the regiment", and take care of it. So it just kind of happens by itself in the campaigns.
Precautions increased tenfold in that case if Parking is located adjacent to ponds, cliffs, talus etc. Advance save him from certain conventions and explain to him that the toilet he may well go for the next few bushes or stones, and not to leave on 15-20 meters, disappearing from sight.
Think about what to do with the child during the stay or on a rainy day: grab a couple of compact toys or Board games, Notepad and pen for drawing (or a travel diary!), give him a list of responsibilities (helping to collect firewood or to pitch a tent, disassemble and assemble your backpack etc.)
By the way, making ready for the camping trip at any time of the year. Study the maps and routes is a great way for the family to pass the long evenings!