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Camping with a 3month old - are we mad?!(22 Posts)
I would really appreciate some opinions on this one as I'm expecting our first baby (due date 3rd June). We have a campervan and would love to go to france for a couple of weeks in early september. Im getting a lot of raised eyebrows whenever I mention this to people! Are we completely naive and mad? Or could it be the nice holiday I've been daydreaming about all winter?! Any advice would be gratefully received
you are not mad to want to go on holiday - do it quick before they are crawling
but IME the best kind of holiday with tiny babies is one that is like being at home only better
ie we took 7wkold dd on an (otherwise very out of character for us) five star last-minute all-inclusive beach holiday to Morocco. She slept just as erratically and fed just as constantly as she did at home, but the weather was better, DH didn't have to go to work, someone else was doing the housework, people brought us drinks and (best of all) the dinner buffet meant each of us got to eat a hot meal while the other paced up and down with the baby.
However, a camping holiday, which IMO is like being at home only worse more challenging (no sky+, chemical loos, self-catering in tiny kitchen, less comfy sofas) may not be exactly what you need.
Of course you're not daft. You're just bloody right. Have baby, will travel..
Must say, a camper van would be luxury to us. We took our Ds when he was 15 motnhs camping in a tent in the Lake District. It's a big tenty, but we wrapped him up in a child's sleeping bag (tied at the bottom) and put him inhis travel cot. And he slept through the night.
Give me camping any day over an expensive all inclusive holiday.
By the way, that wasn't an attack on your choice of holiday, Mrs Badger. I've just read your post!
Also, much easier to do it while baby is relatively immobile!
We did loads of camping, mainly in a campervan, with our babies, they all went at a month old. It's really quite easy, especially in a van with an immobile baby who will only need milk and to be kept warm.
Easy with a young baby. We had a lovely camping holiday with DS when he was six months old, but it was a nightmare the next year when he was 18 months and on the go from 530am.
Great age to go. Samsonite do a great little pop up cot which you can use till they're about 15 months.
I've been watching this with interest as we are camping this year with dd3 aged 14 months. We chickened out last year when she was 2 months and stayed in a cottage, but really missed camping! But tattycoram has got me worried...
Sorry to slightly crash your thread campergirl, but can I ask what other people think about camping with an older baby/toddler?
We camped when dd (born in June) was 6 weeks.
Not mad at all, do it when they're small.
Toddlers - the game is a bit different. We had one awful trip when the weather was terrible and dd kept trying to crawl out under the sides of the tent to splash in puddles. You also have to bear in mind they may not go to bed at their normal time the first night or so. Otherwise it's been great.
We took DD2 camping at 4m.Unfortunately the first night we had a ground frost ! I was very worried but she had a nice warm sleeping bag and slept like ..well like a baby.Worst thing was getting my boobs out to b/f
We camped a lot with babies and toddlers. I'd say it was fun (at best) rather than restful. And sometimes grim, depending on how everyone slept. By the time we had 3 children under 5 in a small VW camper van it got a bit much and we had to sell the van expand to a family sized tent. But we had some very good times camping with babies and toddlers, you can let toddlers run about on campsites in a way it's hard to do in many places.
It's still one of the things we do which we all enjoy most.
We cancel or come home if it's raining though. And avoid campsites with running water or similar features or you won't be able to relax at all.
It is much easier before they are mobile. I went camping with 4 month old.
No, you are not mad at all. Go for it! The smaller they are, the easier it is. You wont have to be carting round millions of toys and books, food etc. If you are BF then you wont need bottles, steriliser etc. DD took her first flight at 5wks old and since then has notched up more flights/countries than most adults (she has her own BA card now)!
We had a Samsonite pop up cot which was just brilliant.
Thankyou so much for the reassurance and advice everyone - booking our ferry crossing now and already looking forward to it!
I hope you have a great time. I found it one of the great advantages of breast feeding-at that age I didn't need food, bottles etc.
Honestly, you're probably mad . We did camping with ds when he was 6months old and you couldn't call it a holiday - more a change of scenery with more work than usual. He still needed three naps a day, so much of the time was spent frantically wheeling him up and down in the buggy while he screamed from overtiredness. He didn't like the heat (English south coast) and whenever we had something planned, like a walk with him in the backpack, you could guarantee he wouldn't be in the mood.
But I guess if you get a baby who naps well it could be fine
Ahh, have just read that you're booking your ferry crossing now - oops. Ignore me, it sounds like loads of other people have a great time camping with their babies
at Ernestina. We've had holidays like that with small children too. But, assuming you aren't ready to admit that going on holiday with small children is a big waste of money and effort (which I do often feel) then camping is as good as anything, and campervan + one little baby did work well for us.
We first took our DS when he was 4 months old in our camper van. I was a bit panicked beforehand about a variety of things but it was great. I was BF so he didn't need anything food wise apart from me. We had a great time and it was just what we needed as a couple as well.
Have a great time.
We took DS2 camping at 10 weeks old. It was great fun apart from being too hot - 28 degrees plus in North Devon - I wanted my money back . It's much easier before they start moving.
We all just got togged up and slept together on inflatable mattresses, under the duvet, with DS2 in his sleeping bad right next to me.
we had a lovely time when we took new ds2 camping this year, and he was fine except for not liking the car
I found i was really uncomfortable and found myself physically not ready to rough it
we had quite decent beds as well, but i felt like princess and pea
i wouldn't do it again for that reason alone - i would wait longer to physically recover from birth
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