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Am I deranged for considering taking fairly new baby to festival?

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FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:40:03

He sleeps pretty well atm which is why I am feeling tempted
before he was born I was thinking no way
however festival is not for 6 weeks - anything could happen during that time couldn't it? I mean he could start waking up all the time etc etc couldn't he?

I am not usually marvellous at putting up with things being rather awkward or whatever, so please base answers round fact I am a wuss

I wish I had a crystal ball

BlueDragonfly Mon 04-Aug-08 20:41:29

Not crazy. Get (or borrow) some ear defenders (search for Peltor on amazon) and sling him

MmeLindt Mon 04-Aug-08 20:42:24

Can you wait until near the time to decide for sure or do you have to book things now?

Lots of people said to me that DD would probably not always sleep so well (she was sleeping through the night at around 13 weeks). She is still a sleepyhead.

FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:42:58

oh it wouldn't be really noisy music wise - it's a very mellow one
just, the camping thing, and him waking during the night, is what bothers me
sitting rocking a crying baby in a cold tent not my idea of holiday

ShowOfHands Mon 04-Aug-08 20:43:14

I took dd aged 10 weeks. Bought tickets whilst pg. It was absolutely fine. I wore her/breastfed/danced about. She was awake all day and totally absorbed by it all and slept 13hrs straight each night. It's one of my most cherished memories of the early months.

Just Know Your Limits. If you feel tired or he's unsettled then retreat to tent/campervan/yurt/tipi/whatever.

I say go for it.

FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:43:26

I think we need to book soon ish
we need to budget etc as well

ScummyMummy Mon 04-Aug-08 20:43:50

Are you a tent person? If so, I'd go. loads of babies at big chill this w/e and bar a few 4am wails they were fine. I think the key is to expect hell and hopefully be pleasantly surprised.

FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:44:13

yes I think the daytimes will be fine
I mean I don't care about hanging around with him doing whatever during the day
nervy of disturbed nights plus not being able to nap during day type thing

FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:44:37

well I tolerate tents
I don't exactly love them, you know?

MatNanPlus Mon 04-Aug-08 20:46:10

Pack layers so you can regulate his temp and Go 4 It

Indith Mon 04-Aug-08 20:46:37

Mine was 6 months, camping just up the row of tents from SOH and like her we just went with the flow, used a sling loads and he slept like an angel.

BlueDragonfly Mon 04-Aug-08 20:46:52

oh the tent side of it hmm. I don't know about that sorry! have never camped before (will be losing my camping virginity late augustwink)

elkiedee Mon 04-Aug-08 20:46:55

No you're not mad, I don't think. Probably easier this year than next.

FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:47:04

well if I have a crap time I am blaming ALL OF YOU
I am taking names down right now

ScummyMummy Mon 04-Aug-08 20:47:11

I see... Do you quite a big nice warm tent?

MmeLindt Mon 04-Aug-08 20:47:27

I would go for it, lots of extra blankets in case it is cold. And a wee hat

ScummyMummy Mon 04-Aug-08 20:47:35


mazzystar Mon 04-Aug-08 20:47:38

I took my 4 month old [still older than yours] to a festival last summer. And ds at a few weeks older to the Big Chill a few years ago.

But we are VERY easy-ozy with stuff. And how much worse can it be than being at home and with a baby awake?

FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:47:55

anyone fancy coming?
was wonderful last year

mazzystar Mon 04-Aug-08 20:48:36

the radical midwives are usually out in force at most nice festivals

they have a great yurt

you can always take solace there

FrannyandZooey Mon 04-Aug-08 20:48:36

tent is nice and big, yes
fairly warm - we take duvets and stuff

MmeLindt Mon 04-Aug-08 20:48:44

Elkiedee has a good point, next year would be more difficult when he is crawling about the place eating worms.

ScummyMummy Mon 04-Aug-08 20:49:01

DON"T GO DON"T GO! <<terrified about franny's blame culture>>

ScummyMummy Mon 04-Aug-08 20:50:10

I do think you should go really. Big cosy tent sounds pretty darn good.

Guadalupe Mon 04-Aug-08 20:55:07

I always camped with mine when they were fairly little, it's easier than having a toddler, you can just snuggle up and wear a sling. I think you should go. It'll be fun.

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