DH has convinced me to give camping a try, with our 2year old DS, in mid August. As total camping novice, have no idea what DS should sleep in (am assuming DH and I will take sleeping bag and pillow for us).. we'll be using a travel cot I think (to trap DS while we're busy doing other stuff if nothing else!) so would a blanket underneath, a 2.5 tog grobag and a blanket ontop be enough for him - or should I invest in a proper sleeping bag for him? Any advice from you experienced mumsnet campers would be most gratefully received.
my dd is 2 and sleeps in a normal sleeping bag snuggled up between ds and me. we each have our own sleeeping bag but all sleep on one double airbed. we wouldnt have space in the car for a travel cot, but dont think she would sleep in it if we took it anyway
My ds is 20 months and a couple of weeks ago he slept in a travel cot with an extra mattress, long sleeved / legged pyjamas and a 2.5 tog sleeping bag. (Grobag type, not grown up one) We took a couple of blankets and his cot duvet. The first night he had the blanket on top of the sleeping bag, the second night was chillier so he had the duvet on top.
He was fine, not cold at all. My advice would be to take layers. And wellies for dewy mornings
We had our first baby/toddler camping trip last weekend, and I used a fleece all in one over pj's (so she was still warm in the morning once she got out of bed + was wandering around), a growbag and cot duvet or thick (fleece) blanket - a cellular one wasn't warm enough.
Also, a blanket or fleece sheet underneath stops any cold coming up from the ground.
DD (14 months) wouldn't go off to sleep in the travel cot (too sunny/noisy outside I think) so we put her in the buggy till she dropped off then wrapped her up in her cot.
I have just bought a Coleman Chestnut Extend Kids Sleeping Bag for 18 month old ds as I was bothered he would be swamped by a full child sleeping bag. Bargain too - £9 reduced from £25!! this is the link here
Brilliant - thanks all. Giggly - DS is not a co-sleeper; he's a co-insomniac when we try it Will hold off on splashing out on sleeping bags until I know if I like this camping lark or not and try the fleece pjs and grobag and fleece blanket. Thanks for the toptip about wellies Jojay
well we're off this weekend with DS aged 3 1/4, he'll be in his growbag (which he's dropping at home but i want him contained!), on top of some foam mats for softness. Then I plan on using an old rectabgular sleeping bag to go under and round him (will take clips) to kind of keep him in one place and stop him flailing around or rolling onto me!
Getting a bit concerned now, DS goes to bed at 7ish at home. I was hoping for 9pm on the campsite. He's definitly another co-insomniac so has alwasy slept in his own cot, but I think I'll be sharing one room of the tent with him!
Ah well, I'll pack beach shelter as well and if he wriggles too much I'll decamp to that! (can't share DH side of the tent as DH too big to fit another person in there with him + snores/flails horribly) Why oh why am I stuck in a family with two noisy active sleepers?