Phil and I are firm believers that a new baby shouldn’t cramp our travel style. We were adamant that if we had a little one, we would continuing traveling and exploring.
Meet Aidan. 15 pounds of love and cuddles and forever drooling, babbling and laughing. We are pretty darn lucky if you ask me!
In early April, we decided to take a family trip to Big Sur and camp for the weekend at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with a 4 month old. We have been making multiple weekend trips down the coast since moving back to California and were excited to visit with Aidan for the first time (see our Big Sur Travel Guide and our stay at Treebones Resort).
We booked Site 128, which is along the river and right across the road from the showers and bathrooms. This made it convenient for washing dishes and late night restroom trips. The river was right in our backyard and was fun to splash around in. We were also walking distance to all of the hiking trails in the park.
Camping with a 4 month old was surprisingly not as terrible as we had expected. We got incredibly lucky with the weather. We kept Aidan warm in his Northface onesie and he slept in a floor bassinet at the foot of our bed, just like at home. He was sitting up. So, we made sure to bring a clip-on table high chair so that he could join us at the table. And, we brought our handy Ergo carrier for hikes and exploring. Our fear was that Aidan was going to wake up the entire campsite in the early mornings. But Phil and I were good about having a bottle prepped to feed him once we heard the beginnings of his hunger cries. The great thing about an infant is that they are fairly portable, which makes it easy to just bring him along wherever we go.
We spent most of our time at our campsite and in the park, but also checked out Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer Beach and McWay Falls.
Giving ourselves a pat on the back for successfully making it through the weekend camping with the little one. We are hoping there will be more adventures to come!