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to want to go camping with a six-year-old, a four-year-old, and a seven-month-old?

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swancourt Mon 20-Jun-16 13:03:24

Just that. Pregnant with DC3. Tempted to do an early bird booking on a Eurocamp-type campsite for summer 2017, when DC3 will (hopefully) be 7 months old. Want to keep costs to a minimum so I want to book one of their tents (the ones that come with fridges, proper beds, etc).

Nobody has really told me this is unreasonable. But i have a lurking feeling that it is. Would you do this?

toffeeboffin Mon 20-Jun-16 13:05:57

It might be really good actually, OP.

Your little one will not be at the crazy exploring toddler stage, can still sleep in a cot and have fun playing on the beach etc.

Your eldest two will love it, they are the perfect age for camping!

StrawberryQuik Mon 20-Jun-16 13:07:21

Nah YANB I was going to just make shock faces but I was thinking about girl guide type tents and camping stoves from your title then I read there'd be fridges and beds and I think it sounds like a lovely holiday.

swancourt Mon 20-Jun-16 13:08:41

We're doing a similar thing this summer, but staying in a caravan. Could only afford one week but could stretch to two if we did a tent next time, and the tents seem to have pretty much the same facilities (except a loo, but we won't have anybody at potty training age).

swancourt Mon 20-Jun-16 13:09:21

Thanks for the replies! Finger is hovering over the 'book' button :D

HappyAsASandboy Mon 20-Jun-16 13:10:14

We went camping (UK, own tent) with two four year olds and a 7 month old last summer. Baby was a breeze as immobile grin

The only thing I think might be difficult is bottle sterilising if you bottle feed. But if you can think through a system (cold water + tablets? Or do the pre-pitched tents have microwaves?) then no need to worry smile

Have a lovely time smile

Blu Mon 20-Jun-16 13:10:48

Sounds great.

Things to think about: if applicable, sterilising and preparing bottles in a tent (can be done, of course).
Noise at night if your 7 month old turns out to be a less than peaceful sleeper.

FankEweVeryMuch Mon 20-Jun-16 13:14:12

Not mad in my opinion (says the lady who's taking a 7yo, 6yo, 3yo and 8 month old this weekend confused).

I'll update next week!

I don't sterilise after 6 months but know that most people do, I'll wash bottles and used ready made cartons of milk. He'll sleep in a travel cot,

inaclearingstandsaboxer Mon 20-Jun-16 13:14:46

I went camping with a three year old and an eight week old - was a fab holiday!

Was a long time ago though - nearly 25 yrs

RitchyBestingFace Mon 20-Jun-16 13:17:07

I went camping with a 5 year old and a 5 month old. And not in one of those naice, pre-assembled, mod-cons Eurocamp ones* but on a wet and windy Brecon Beacon hillside. It was great. We had an amazing time.

*not that I'm dissing you for going that route, I don't blame you!

justaweeone Mon 20-Jun-16 13:17:50

Go for it

swancourt Mon 20-Jun-16 13:19:04

With the DDs I breastfed and they both absolutely refused a bottle until ten months. Didn't really try with DD2 to be fair, but with DD1 I went back to work after six months and was desperate for her to take any kind of drink from anything but me - she wouldn't at all. Nursery assured me she would take to it when I wasn't there. But she stuck to her guns!

But of course I don't know what will happen with DC3 - things might pan out differently. So good to have the tip about sterilising, etc - it hadn't crossed my mind.

Have a great holiday fankewe!

Imnotaslimjim Mon 20-Jun-16 13:22:57

I went "proper" camping, with sleeping bags and a camping stove with an 8 week old. It was awesome, so relaxed! I think what your planning sounds fab

isittheholidaysyet Mon 20-Jun-16 13:33:13

Fantastic time to go, before crawling starts because then you'll need a lead and dog screw for the baby .

Make sure you have pushchair of somekind so baby can sit and watch the world and a plastic backed picnic blanket to lay on in the day times and maybe a large umbrella or something else to use as a sunshade if you are abroad.

Sterilizing. Take a container with a lid, large enough to hold what you need, and cold water sterilise. I BFed, but went camping with 6 month DS who I'd started weaning, so I sterilised all feeding stuff and sippy cup. I wouldn't have done at home, but I felt the need to do it whilst living outdoors!

Take small spray bottle of anti-bac suface cleaner and a packet of anti-bac wipes.

swancourt Mon 20-Jun-16 13:35:55

Writing down these tips. Will lose them and have to post again before we go, but still, I'm writing them down smile

DoJo Mon 20-Jun-16 14:34:58

Don't be so sure a 7 month old won't be crawling, but travel cots double up as play pens for more mobile babies!

WreckingBallsInsideMyHead Mon 20-Jun-16 15:47:55

Do it!

Andbabymakesthree Mon 20-Jun-16 16:22:55

Why not i often go camping with the children solo. Pre pitched etc would be a doodle. Will have similar ages myself next summer. Sounds like a great idea.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Mon 20-Jun-16 16:35:30

I was planning to camp with a 3 year old and a 12 year old.
But my mum decided it would be too much for me, so she booked us a cottage.
I know the cottage will be lovely. And easy.
But not sure I should be disappointed she thinks I won't manage...

swancourt Mon 20-Jun-16 16:54:45

Ha ha. Both of mine were 8 month crawlers and I had a 12 month walker and a 13 month walker. So at 7 months - actually somewhere between 6 and 7 months - if past babies are any indicator I'll have a child rocking back and forwards and occasionally collapsing in rage 😂

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Mon 20-Jun-16 16:59:06

I've done this in the UK - on my own with 2yo & 5yo - it was fab.

We stayed here - big tent, cooker, beds etc. All the equipment was there so it really was hassle free (apart from no dishwasher of course). We live in a big city and I love the outdoors aspect.

As I was on my own with 2 young DC I didn't want the hassle of using communal toilets (esp in the night) with small children which was the main reason I paid extra to stay here as it comes with it's own proper loo and shower.

isittheholidaysyet Mon 20-Jun-16 20:57:42

Despite what I wrote earlier about not crawling yet, two of mine were crawling at 6 months., but camping was still fine. You might want to introduce yourself to your neighbours though, so they know where to return the baby!

missymayhemsmum Mon 20-Jun-16 22:24:42

The camping shouldn't be a big problem, the travelling would be the nightmare, I'd have thought. Will you be the only adult?
My tip for camping is to pack everything into those stacking crates- so you have a crate for clothes each, one for shoes (by door of tent) waterproofs, toys, etc.
Does the tent come with a toilet? If not the logistics of taking one child to the toilet block at 2am without waking the others will be the challenge.

BeALert Tue 21-Jun-16 01:07:57

I camped with an under 1 and he woke up the minute it got slightly light. There was then about 3 hours of quiet time to get through. We took it in turns to drive him somewhere each morning from 5 am to 8 am. I've never been quite so exhausted.

swancourt Tue 21-Jun-16 09:10:40

I won't be the only adult - DH will be there too. Good point about the light, although with a baby of that age I doubt we'll be sleeping much wherever we are!

Travel will be okay - 30 mins to Dover from my parents' house, ferry, then a five hour drive that we can spread over a whole day with plenty of stops.

Not worried about the toilet - neither of mine gets up in the night for a wee any more and I've no problem with them going in a potty if they're desperate during the night and then sorting it in the morning.

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