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To think if your child spends most of the night screaming, you don't go camping

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RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Sun 17-Jul-16 06:57:09

And if he doesn't usually do that, you still don't bugger off and leave him with his GPs (who appear to be proponents of CIO) when he's still of an age to be shrieking for his mother all night. Which is why I don't leave my 2yo. I've given up trying to sleep and I've got to chase my two around till bloody sunset now angry

ohlittlepea Sun 17-Jul-16 06:58:47

Poor baby sad Yanbu

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Sun 17-Jul-16 06:58:57

Kids cry, wether with parents or not. It could easily have been your kids keeping everyone awake. Have a bit of compassion, I doubt it was a barrel of laughs for the grandparents either hmm

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Sun 17-Jul-16 07:04:23

The GPs didn't appear to be trying to settle him as I could hear no voices other than his brother's.

Parents shouldn't have sent such a small child camping with GPs. I am judging that because I'm bloody well in need of a break and a full night's sleep after 6 years but I don't leave my smallest overnight because she would cry for me.

Yes poor child will be even more knackered than me.

EverythingWillBeFine Sun 17-Jul-16 07:26:43

I have been one of those who had a baby crying all night whilst camping.
To be fair, we did our best to calm him down. He just woke every 1h30 and cried for 2 mins. He was snuggled next to me. There is nothing else I could have done. I didn't sleep all night, not did DH.

BUT I have never been so aware/ashamed to have disturbed people's night like this. We left the next morning when we were supposed to stay longer.

So I suspet that the GP have had a crap night, the child has had a crap night.
The parents might not have known the child would react like this (like we didn't with ds). The child might well be happy and contented when staying with GP at home.

But yes it has been hard for you and I totally get that sad

Sleeperandthespindle Sun 17-Jul-16 07:27:29

You're clearly annoyed and it's horrible to not get enough sleep, but unless you're now going to do an almighty drip feed now and tell us you actually know this family and all the intimate details of their lives, you are being really unreasonable to blame this child's mother!

Child might not even have a mother. Or this might be the only holiday the grandparents could manage, while child's parents are working. Or perhaps the grandparents insisted on taking the child on holiday as its mother is ill/ exhausted.

So, YANBU to be tired but that's what camping is like. Can you find a way to get rest today? We tend to do shifts with a nap each during the day if we've had a bad camping night - DC always sleep soundly but are up early.

Spandexpanties Sun 17-Jul-16 07:32:19

Can you move your tent further away from theirs

Cliffdiver Sun 17-Jul-16 07:32:39

Is this someone you know?

If not, how you you usually know they usually spend all night screaming?

We've just got back from camping, and DD2 had her first ever night terror one night and spent the best part of an hour screaming.

The child you can hear could usually be fine and is just upset being in a different environment.

Also, unless you're in the same tent as the child and the child, how do you know that the grandparents aren't with the child comforting him/her but speaking in whispers?

Waffles80 Sun 17-Jul-16 07:33:40

You shouldn't go camping if this sort of thing stresses you out so much.

Families camping make noise.

You can't know what the GPs were doing to settle the baby. When we are trying to settle our children in the night (when staying with friends - our first camping trip as a family is next wk), we use quietest voices possible in order not to add to the cacophony.

EsmeraldaEllaBella Sun 17-Jul-16 07:33:42

Oooh is it just me who rtft wondering why the children had been left with the doctors at the GP, general practice...and what that has to do with camping?! grin

hazeyjane Sun 17-Jul-16 07:46:01

Ahhh memories of camping trips where I am walking Ds around in his buggy at 1 o'clock and 4 o'clock in the morning, every bloody night.

sharknad0 Sun 17-Jul-16 07:52:24

It's such a recent thing to find a screaming child acceptable in a campsite!

YANBU, yes babies and children cry, but you don't impose that on other people! What's wrong with people nowadays, so rude and obnoxious, spoiling things for everybody else. No wonder you get evil looks when you have a young child, people are worried. I hope the management of the campsite will have a word with these people, but you won't get your sleep back. I hope tonight is better for you.

teacher54321 Sun 17-Jul-16 07:53:34

And this is why I would never take Ds camping. I know he would wake at 4am and is so bloody nosy he wouldn't sleep till 10pm. We went camping before kids and I never slept well, can't imagine doing it now.

Longlost10 Sun 17-Jul-16 07:55:41

it is all part and parcel of camping.

LocatingLocatingLocating Sun 17-Jul-16 07:59:18

Have you ever been camping before OP? Your experience is par for the course. There's always a baby crying somewhere on a campsite, it's just unlucky if the offending family are in the tent next door.
One word for you: earplugs

Hackedabove Sun 17-Jul-16 07:59:39

Lack of sleep is the reason I avoid camping at all costs.

CurlyhairedAssassin Sun 17-Jul-16 08:00:21

"it is all part and parcel of camping"

Well, that's me sold. hmm

ICJump Sun 17-Jul-16 08:00:52

It's a bit shit.
We had a trip and the near us were CIO with thier two kids I was like what the ? Fine in your own home but not ok in camp ground.
And yes my baby woke over night too but I tended to him

Waffles80 Sun 17-Jul-16 08:02:26

Shark are you being sarcastic?

You really think noisy children and babies on campsites are a new thing?

A lifetime's experience of camping tells me otherwise entirely.

Absolutely agree on earplugs. The silicone ones are great.

Xmasbaby11 Sun 17-Jul-16 08:04:44

Sounds like a bad night..I don't think you'd expect a wonderful night's sleep when you go camping though.

No I definitely wouldn't take mine camping in that situation or leave them with others. My 2 yo often wakes in the night and wants me. I've never left her overnight. There will be time for that in future.

Thefitfatty Sun 17-Jul-16 08:05:00

I'd take a crying kid over the two drunken idiots we had shouting at each other near our campsite the last time we went.

Unless your privy to the inner workings of the family, how can you be sure this wasn't a one-off? Maybe the kid is coming down with something or teething?

hazeyjane Sun 17-Jul-16 08:05:56

Have you ever been camping before OP? Your experience is par for the course

it is all part and parcel of camping.

We go camping all the time and apart from Ds (who as I say, I get up and take somewhere else) I can't say I've ever noticed lots of screaming babies/children

Oysterbabe Sun 17-Jul-16 08:06:14

If I'm trying to settle screaming DD during the night I don't usually talk to her, just rock and shush. You don't know what they were doing to try and settle the baby or what their situation is. Yabu to judge.

blueturtle6 Sun 17-Jul-16 08:07:10

I agree with shark, went camping all the time up until 16 years old. Never had a problem with baby's noise

ShatnersBassoon Sun 17-Jul-16 08:12:24

The child probably doesn't scream all night when it's at home, so you can't really blame anyone for sending/taking him. The kid has an obvious inherent aversion to camping, like 90% of the population. Unlucky they found out on the night when you were pitched next to them.

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