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The Camp Parent Gear Guide

To tackle parenthood’s greatest challenges, you need the right equipment.

Sarah Burns

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Some problems are universal: we’ve all dealt with a picky eater who insists on a steady diet of chicken nuggets, heard the screams of an overtired child, or have lived through a bathtime drama that was like trying to bathe several feral cats.

Thankfully, there’s help! We’ve rounded up a list of items that can help you make it through some of the most challenging moments parenting has to offer.

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The headaches, the crankiness, the hand-gnawing — it can be such a helpless feeling when your child is experiencing mouth pain. These products are made for growing gums and can help provide seriously soothing relief for tender little mouths.

These teething mitten friends are intended for ages three to eight months and are specially designed to secure over tiny hands so they can’t be dropped every few seconds.

It’s never too early to start healthy eating habits. Made from 100% natural rubber and all-natural food-grade dyes, you avoca-don’t want to be without these adorable teethers!

You can never have too many washcloths! This set is made from a natural bamboo rayon/cotton blend, so they’re super soft, absorbent, and made to last. They’re especially handy when your regular teethers are being washed, dried, sanitized, or otherwise temporarily indisposed.

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Having a child that’s resistant to resting is quickly tiring for everyone. Add these to your turndown routine when it’s time to lull them off to lullaby land.

Swaddling is an age-old technique for soothing infants and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as part of an infant’s sleep routine.

Zarbee’s is known for its quality, natural self-care products, and this one from their baby line can be a real game-changer as part of your nap and bedtime routine. Massage your baby right before it’s time to lie down to help them prepare for a nice relaxing sleep.

Superheroes know that to be at their best, they need to get their rest! This cute story is written in prose to help dispel your bedtime woes. It also includes stickers and a Sleep Rewards Chart for kids who need a little extra incentive to learn healthy bedtime habits.

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Nightmares typically start around three to six years old, but it’s not unusual for kids as old as ten to struggle with very realistic, very frightening dreams. If you’ve ruled out factors like overtiredness, have established a good bedtime routine, and it still hasn’t helped, try these products designed to retrain the brain to help overcome and eliminate nightly terrors.

Bedtime becomes a fun activity when you take a moment to plan out what you’d like to dream about! Each pillow includes a storybook featuring your dreamy new bestie and Dream Wish notes to draw or write out what you’d like to dream about that night. This is an effective visualization technique that can help build confidence, provides a chance to bond at the end of the day, and lead to a happier, healthier night’s rest for everyone.

Think of this as a workbook for you and your child to read together. It helps provide a starting point to guide the conversation to the root of what’s causing their nightmares and how to work together to solve the problem. This won’t fix your situation overnight, but it will help recognize and correct bad habits you might have inadvertently picked up that could be contributing to the nightly turmoil.

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Tantrums can happen to anyone — even grown adults. But when everything becomes a fight, it can be a real challenge to stay calm and work through the swirl of emotions. Use these tools to take a quick breather, and avoid meltdowns in the future.

This book won’t solve meltdowns overnight, but with consistent use, it will help equip the tantrum-er with language to understand better and communicate what they’re feeling. It also offers coping strategies, so they can choose what will help them feel better.

Overstimulated, cranky, or overtired? The Wonder Wand is a classic retro favorite, and when it’s time for a quick breather, it works like magic. Give it a shake or tip it over end and watch the glitter and fascinating blobs of color gently float down and settle.

Keeping a bottle of no-spill bubbles by your timeout chair might seem like a counterintuitive timeout treat, but blowing bubbles is an excellent way to learn to control your breathing! Blowing bubbles can help train kids to remember to stop and take a deep breath, and it gives their misdirected energy a point of focus.

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Potty training can be challenging and confusing. Kids can have difficulty recognizing when to go or resist sitting long enough or are sometimes just flat out not interested. Make it easier for them to make with these bathroom helpers.

A trusted go-to brand for all things baby, this toilet trainer is ergonomically designed, has a splash guard to reduce messes, and pops right over the top of your regular toilet.

Potty training can be a real challenge, but this training toy can help make it fun! Squeeze the duck to suck up water, and with another squeeze, it’ll start to tinkle. When Ducky is all done, press the button to flush it away. Kids learn by watching, and this is a super helpful way to demonstrate that “pee goes in the potty.”

A positive reward system to make potty training more fun and motivating – plus dinosaurs! The durable magnetic board and magnets are built tough to be used repeatedly as your toddler proudly displays their bathroom achievements on the chart.

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Food texture is tough for some kids to get used to, so some insist on subsisting only on foods like Cheerios or mac and cheese because the texture is always the same. Kids typically grow out of this with time by experimenting with new foods, so it’s sort of a paradox that getting them to try new foods is one of the best ways to overcome the problem. When you’ve hit a food roadblock, these are the items that can help you change up your mealtime tactics.

Carrot stick earrings, a mashed potato beard, and maybe strawberry slices for a pair of rose-colored glasses? Kids often start asserting their independence by deciding what they will and won’t eat, so if you’re dealing with a picky eater resistant to trying anything new, encourage them to try this mealtime art project.

Here’s the beauty of this plate: the different “construction zones” are blocked off from one another, so nary a pea will even think about rolling out of line and into the other side dishes. There are even parking spots right on the plate for the utensils modeled after actual construction vehicles. CAUTION: FUN MEALTIME AHEAD.

It can be tough to get kids (and some adults) to eat their veggies. Spiralizers are a great way to get sneaky-sneaky with your vegetable presentation! Bonus: when kids help make a meal, they’re sometimes more willing to eat it.

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There are a multitude of reasons kids hate bath time. When bath time starts, it means playtime is ending, and there’s always the possibility of a soap-in-the-eyes situation, a threat kids worry about even with the no-tears stuff. It’s time to take a bath without the stress with these tub time distractions.

Hair washing is a problematic sensory experience for many kids; they’re worried about getting soap in their eyes, water in their ears, or maybe they just really hate wet hair sticking to them. This product won’t solve all these problems, but it can help!

Suction these pipes to the side of the tub for a pouring, splashing, gear-turning playtime that might just make your kid excited to take a bath! The set comes with five pipes that can be used independently or set up to work together for a cascade of water.

Here’s a load of fun that’ll make the most reluctant bather crack a smile. Catch them with the pole, or catch them with the net, butt whatever you doo, don’t let them float around in the tub with you! It’s a super silly, super-effective way to make bath time more fun – it might not be your first choice for a kids’ bath toy, but it’s sure to be a solid number two.

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Introducing tooth-brushing before kids even have teeth can set them up for an easier time when it’s time to start brushing on their own. But maybe you missed that boat, or find your toddler is having a tough time getting the hang of it or hates the feeling of bristles. If it’s any or all of the above, we’ve got a few things that could help.

Know someone with teeny, tiny, brand-new teeth? They’ll love this banana brush! It’s part brush, part teether, and a 100% silicone banana for babies. The playful brush is a fantastic way to introduce the concept of brushing and the feeling of bristles to a baby’s mouth for the first time.

Brushies are unique because it’s a product that can grow with your child; it’s designed for kids as young as four weeks and as old as four years. The Brushies brush doubles as a silicone finger puppet, and includes a story, teaches you a song, and invites you to play as you brush along!

Twist this timer to start timing your brushing. Watch the timer slowly turn back around as it counts down; when the eyes are back above the mouth, you’ll hear the ringer telling you you’re good to go!

When your kids are ready to graduate to a big kid toothbrush, bamboo is your best bet! Why bamboo over traditional, plastic toothbrushes? Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, so there’s less worry about nasty germs hanging around. Still, it’s also fully biodegradable, BPA-free, and the soft bristles have a gentle but effective cleaning power.