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Camping with baby - Vango Nitestar?

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AlmaMartyr Tue 05-Jul-11 10:24:36

We just had a fantastic weekend away at North Morte Farm with our 2 year old and 1 year old. One year old DS was very unsettled overnight which is a bit unfortunate as we were hoping to do lots of camping this summer. I think he may have been cold - he was in his travel cot (on top of a SIM) with his own SIM inside the travel cot, then a fleece blanket, sheepskin rug, pyjamas and a basic 2.5 tog grobag. I'm sure he was insulated from the ground fine, but slept much better once I moved him and put him under our duvet. What's good for babies to sleep in? I've been looking at the Vango Nitestar but didn't want to shell out for it without consulting some of the experts on here! He does like to wriggle around at night so not sure if he'll just wriggle out of it.

Thanks in advance! We're really enjoying camping but not sure I could manage more than a couple of nights sleeping that badly. Hopefully he didn't disturb anyone else by the way - I was calming him down very quickly every time he woke with a cuddle and feed so not even DH realised he was awake so often.

WhereTheWildThingsWere Tue 05-Jul-11 10:46:21

Dd had a baby nitestar from 6 weeks, when we first took her camping, it only fitted until she was about 18mo though, but she was a long baby.

It was brilliant and when she grew out of it I sold it on e-bay for more than I paid for it grin

Mine both have midi nitestars now and dp and I have the grown up versions, I think they are brilliant bags.

Piffpaffpoff Tue 05-Jul-11 10:47:43

I would say do what you are doing bit add another layer over the grobag to keep her arms warm, maybe a zip up fleece or jumper. I used to put my DD in her normal pjs, then fleecy all in one sleepsuit inside her grobag. Then this year (age 2.5) she's just in a normal kids sleeping bag and fleece pjs.

AlmaMartyr Tue 05-Jul-11 11:53:31

Thanks for posts! We actually have a fleece sleepsuit, had forgotten about that. I'll maybe get a Nitestar as well, very desperate for him to sleep better next time! We are going to try him in his own berth as well since he slept fine until we joined him hmm

oranges123 Tue 05-Jul-11 16:11:17

I agree a fleecy all in one is the way to go - my DD sleeps really well in hers. You can get ones with hoods as well (Trespass do one - it was down to a tenner recently, not sure if it still is).

Just a thought though - my DD always sleeps badly the first night of camping but subsequent nights is dead to the world and I think this is quite common with babies and children. The first night it is all a bit odd and new and after that they are worn out from all the running about and fresh air. So if you were only away for one night (I wasn't sure from your post) you might want to take heart that longer trips or at least two night weekends may be easier.

JetLi Tue 05-Jul-11 19:02:06

I put DD in a sleepsuit, grobag & then a normal sleeping bag, folded over about halfway, so she is under 3 layers of sleeping bag. I have gotten good fleecy sleepsuits from Primarni but they may be a seasonal thing...

AlmaMartyr Tue 05-Jul-11 20:37:22

Our fleecy sleepsuit is from Sainsburys I think, we bought it for DD ages ago but I had completely forgotten about it. It looks very snug and will fit really well over his pyjamas. I have a spare adult sleeping bag so I could him in that and fold it up so he's nice and snug - good tip Jet smile

Oranges - we were away for two nights and I was hoping he'd be better on the second night but no joy sad I guess a longer trip might work better - it was his first time camping (well, except for when he was a few weeks old) so would have been very alien to him.

I think in fairness, he may be coming down with something so has been a touch unsettled anyway. He also doesn't like being in with people to sleep - we had to move him out of our room at about 10 months when we realised he would sleep perfectly well until we went to bed so I think the separate berth will help a lot.

Two yo DD slept beautifully, she stayed up with us quietly until we went to bed then snuggled down in her sleeping bag and slept till 8am.

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