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Tips for VERY early riser in a yurt

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nomorekisses Wed 17-Jul-13 22:18:03

We are going camping with friends and their 2.5 year old is a massively early riser - regularly wakes at 4am as soon as its light and won't go back to sleep.

At home, black out blinds and black bags go some way to helping her sleep to 6ish but obviously not possible in a tent/yurt...

Any suggestions?


Cucumberscarecrow Thu 18-Jul-13 08:16:58

Keep him up late? We stayed in a yurt in June and couldn't get them down until 10 anyway as it was so light. Mine usually (but not always) sleep late if they are put to bed late after an exciting day....not something I like doing but can be unavoidable on hols.

Enjoy your trip!

ZolaBuddleia Thu 18-Jul-13 08:23:24

Brace yourself. Putting down extreme early risers later rarely works (used to be a regular on the sleep threads with my own), they still wake at the same time but are horrifically overtired and it's hell.

If you give her a daytime sleep she'll be less fractious, but I'm sorry to say you may need to reconcile yourselves with being awake from 4.

Is it a big yurt? Can you take really good ear plugs and let her parents deal with her til a more reasonable hour? Does she cry when she wakes? Are there other campers near you, or are you taking the tent to somewhere countrysidey?

My extreme early riser is now much more sane (6am ish), we went camping recently with a tent with a blackout section (not 100% effective), and she still woke at her usual time.

MummyPigsFatTummy Thu 18-Jul-13 10:07:55

Could the parents splash out on a little pop up type of tent which is really dark and put the child in there to sleep? We have a bell tent and we sometimes put our 3yo into her own little pop up to give her a sort of bedroom of her own. You used to be able to get special black out festival pop ups (Ministry of Sound brand I think) but i am not sure if they still sell them? Might be worth trying ebay for something like that?

What do the paretns use the black bags for to keep her asleep by the way? Sounds a bit scary!

MummyPigsFatTummy Thu 18-Jul-13 10:12:54

Not pop up unfortunately but this type of thing:

nomorekisses Thu 18-Jul-13 10:48:15

Those are all good ideas, thanks

MummyPigs - black bags on windows. For complete black out. Nothing sinister or scary.

MummyPigsFatTummy Thu 18-Jul-13 11:25:14

grin - oh right, makes sense.

YellowDinosaur Thu 18-Jul-13 12:38:19

Sorry this isn't very helpful but I'd be taking a pop up for me. Not a fucking prayer I'd share a sleeping space with my own children if they woke at 4 am never mind someone elses!

ZolaBuddleia Thu 18-Jul-13 14:50:39

That little tent looks like it would be very easy to pitch, but do yurts have built in groundsheets? Wondering whether it would need pegs to hold it up, IYSWIM.

You're a very good friend going away with these people OP! grin

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