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What do your DC's sleep on when camping?

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likesalotofsunshine Mon 20-Jul-09 13:39:33

We are going camping at the weekend for the first time with our DD's aged 5 and 2. They have readybeds but don't sleep well on them so we are thinking of getting them either slim or reg airics. I wondered what all you experienced campers use and if you could advise me please? DH is a slightly reluctant camper and if DD's sleep badly I fear our first foray into camping will be a brief one!! TIA

ZoeC Mon 20-Jul-09 13:54:23

I have outwell kids self-inflating mats (flowies pattern) - they were cheaper than airic and they don't seem to need as thick a mat as we do.

DH and I use fat airics.

likesalotofsunshine Mon 20-Jul-09 14:10:12

I have just googled those and they look great. The girls would love the flowies pattern too. We are waiting for the fat airics to come back in stock for DH and I but spending £200 for four of them seemed a bit excessive! Thanks for your help.

Iklboo Mon 20-Jul-09 14:12:07

Small hijack - please forgive me

DH is making noises about getting one of those £100 all in tents with airbeds/sleeping bags etc from Argos or Halfords for cheap weekends away seeing as how we're broke this year.

Are they any good?

Lanky Mon 20-Jul-09 14:13:56

I put ds on a regular air bed. I've done this since he was 1. He sleeps on a double to stop him rolling off, but a single would be OK too.

potplant Mon 20-Jul-09 14:19:42

With all the running around and excitement mine sleep really well when camping. They wake up earlier than I would like, but that's because its light outside.

(My DS usually ends up on top of me at some point in the night, but I wouldn't recommend that!)

ZoeC Mon 20-Jul-09 14:36:45

Iklboo - you do get a lot for your money with that, but my concern would be it's only 1500 hydrostatic head - I didn't think anything below 2000 was regarded as fully waterproof?

likesalotofsunshine Mon 20-Jul-09 14:53:42

Excellent potplant! We are hoping to wear ours out with endless running around....not keen on starting at the crack of dawn though!

likesalotofsunshine Mon 20-Jul-09 14:56:16

Thanks Lanky. We have an airbed and think I will stick it in the boot to take as someone will no doubt sleep on it. Not sure if both girls will sleep well together on it though....anyone tried that with two?

sundew Mon 20-Jul-09 14:59:56

Likesalotofsunshine - We have single airbeds for our 2 dds. Ready beds are hopeless as they aren't warm enough for sleeping in a tent (I've tried - BIG disaster).

Ilkboo - you do get what you pay for with tents. If the weather isn't too bad then Tesco / Halfords tents are fine - it is just if it pees down or gets really windy that they are a problem.

Overmydeadbody Mon 20-Jul-09 15:03:26

DS sleeps in a sleeping bag direct on the groundsheet of our tent, although recently we have bought an aldi picnic rug and from now on that will be going under us for extra warmth and comfort.

DS has always just had a sleeping bag and sleeps through, perfectly comfortably it would seem as he has never complained.

VanillaPumpkin Mon 20-Jul-09 16:17:59

We have just bought Fat Airics for our two. We bought them for DH and I and thought they were great. We have been borrowing Thermarests from DH work but can't keep doing that. We had to use three skinny thermarests as the dd's kept sliding about, and they are not wriggly children, so thought Fat mats were the best. Can't be doing with inflating mattresses <lazy emoticon>.

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