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best bedding for 2 year old in tent

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ksmum Mon 23-Jul-07 14:10:11


Just been camping this weekend with my 2.5 year old. DH and I have camped a lot but this was first time with small.

I hate sleepign bags so we always use a duvet.

Small slept in her travel cot as there was enough space and off the ground and had her normal winterweight sleeping bag i.e. grobag plus 2 pairs pjs and a vest.

However, I still think she was a bit chilly.She did sleep through the night so she can't have been that cold. btu she felt colder than normal when I touched her. And I got paranoid about her getting hypothermia (yes I am mad) and when I mentioned to DH he was not at all reassuring. She is quite a hot little thing and this time of year sleeps only in pjs no sleeping bag or blanket at all.

But I think if i put her in a normal sleeping bag it would fall off. What do you do?

(Can't put blankets/duvet on her , she thrashes around and loses them).

octo Mon 23-Jul-07 14:17:11

I bought mine a childrens sleeping bag from millets and it was fine.

ksmum Mon 23-Jul-07 14:19:10

Are yours escapers though? She likes to get out of her sleeping bag if she can anyway but normally hasn't got the energy in the evening, just wonder if she would find it too easy to escape from a normal one.

octo Mon 23-Jul-07 14:30:19

Yes - easy to escape from - we tend to go to bed at the same time as them - about 9-10pm so they don't.

Lucycat Mon 23-Jul-07 14:48:03

You could always put the grobag inside the child's sleeping bag.

is that what you meant octo?

or a second pair of pj's on top?

octo Mon 23-Jul-07 14:50:15

or you could tie the top of the sleeping bag with them in it and go out for the evening !!! (seriously joking btw)

Troutpout Mon 23-Jul-07 15:45:06

I just used a mummy bag with mine from the age of 2. I tied the bottom off so she didn't slip down it and drew it up around her shoulders a little...and cupped the top around her face a bit.

ksmum Mon 23-Jul-07 15:45:13

like the idea of the sausage style bag. Woudl not be able to hear muffled cries of 'get my out of my bed' Mummy either.

Not sure how you going to bed at the same time stops the escaping though?

Do you think they would be too hto if they were in sleeping bag and grobag.

I am boring myself now as well as everybody else....

And now on another note: husband is going with her on his own end of this week. All is fine other than: what do you do when you need a pee and they are in bed? (not the type of site where you can go behind the tent as his his wont).

alexw Mon 23-Jul-07 15:51:00

Take a potty??

ksmum Mon 23-Jul-07 17:40:55

He's not sure about the capacity of the bpotty. I am suggesting bottle and funnel

lailasmum Mon 23-Jul-07 17:49:52

fleecy suits are ideal for camping cos if they escape from their bedding they are totally covered. They get harder to get in bigger sizes but We have them in sizes up to 5 years (for my lanky 3 year old) so they are around.
Then we just use a single air bed and duvet for her. You can get some air beds where the duvet is attached and its sort of dipped in the middle so gravity helps them to stay put.
On the wee front you could get a lidded bucket and put cat litter in the bottom of it. But it depends if your tent has room. Then take a potty and tip the contents over the cat litter this makes it easier to deal with if it gets knocked over.

PrettyCandles Mon 23-Jul-07 18:15:11

Cat litter not a good idea, because where would you empty the bucket in the morning? You can't put cat litter down the loo. I use a bucket with a lid, and I leave it in the porch overnight where animals can't get at it, and pour it down the loo in the morning. Never had any problems with it being knocked over, but if you don't have a porch then that might be a issue.

My dd slept in warm pjs and warm grobag at that age. wE covered the floor of the 'bedroom' part of the tent with camper mats so we didn't have toworry about the LOs rolling onto cold groundsheet during the night. If you think she's still chilly when you check on her, put a fleece or jumper on her over the grobag.

octo Mon 23-Jul-07 19:30:02

For a wee- open tent flap and go for it! Doesn't just apply to kids either Poo is a completely different matter though adn would require a trip to the toilet.

octo Mon 23-Jul-07 19:31:04

When I was little we sailed alot - our boat didn;t have a toilet so we went in a bucket and it went over the side (nice) or to be really efficient my parents would hold me over the side of the boat

PrettyCandles Mon 23-Jul-07 21:13:49

Octo that's awful!

You can always tell when previous campers have pee'd behind the tent - it leaves a dreadful stink. And I'd never pee on the ground just outside the tent as it attracts vermin.

I remember doing 'bucket-and-chuck-it' in a boat, particularly the time a fellow sailor fell off the bucket when we changed tack!

ksmum Tue 24-Jul-07 11:22:27

Must admit that in my youth we have both done the go behind the tent thing but are rather more civilised now.

thanks for fleecy suit idea or could try putting a jumper on top.

Bucket with lid is very obvious: I must be a bit dim.

Let's hope he doesn't need a poo.

He is having second thoughts now. Has never had her for a whole day and night on his own. He is trying to get me to come down in the evening after work, but I wouldn't get there until 11pm. I am looking forward to a nice lie in and lesiurely train ride on Friday.

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